Blog of Rights

How to Honor Mandela's Legacy

How to Honor Mandela's Legacy

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 12:53pm
Today's worldwide celebrations of international Human Rights Day coincide with the commemoration of the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela – the freedom fighter, political prisoner, African National Congress leader, and first president of post-apartheid South Africa.
Mandela Faced the "Goliath" of Racial Discrimination

Mandela Faced the "Goliath" of Racial Discrimination

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 3:21pm

Nelson Mandela's life is a rebuke to oppression and to those who would respond with frustrated resignation or hatred. It is difficult to imagine a more unlikely success story against seemingly impossible odds. South Africa's system of apartheid seemed…

ACLU Sues CIA for Reports on Its Torture Program

ACLU Sues CIA for Reports on Its Torture Program

By Ashley Gorski, Nadine Strossen Fellow, National Security Project, ACLU at 3:48pm

The ACLU filed a lawsuit today under the Freedom of Information Act to compel the CIA to release two reports about its post-9/11 program of rendition, secret detention, and torture of detainees. This illegal program was devised and authorized by officials…

15-Year-Old Gets Six Life Sentences?

15-Year-Old Gets Six Life Sentences?

By Alex Stamm, ACLU Center for Justice at 1:27pm

At gunpoint, two 18-year-olds and a 15-year-old robbed a dozen other teenagers at a house party, taking money, phones, and marijuana. No shots were fired, but one of the 18-year-olds struck someone with the butt of his gun.

The crime is unquestionably…

International Rights Body to Press U.S. on Surveillance, Snowden

International Rights Body to Press U.S. on Surveillance, Snowden

By Steven M. Watt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 2:02pm

History has taught us that pervasive government surveillance has a profoundly adverse effect on the exercise of free speech – a universal right enshrined both in the Constitution and in international human rights law. This Monday, the Inter-American…

An Ally or a Spy Target, But Not Both

An Ally or a Spy Target, But Not Both

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 10:48am

The revelation that the National Security Agency is engaged in dragnet surveillance of American allies is just another indication...

Prosecution Is Not the Way to Save a 10-Year-Old Child

Prosecution Is Not the Way to Save a 10-Year-Old Child

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU & Sarah Solon, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 3:54pm

When children under 12 engage in exploitative sexual behavior, it is often a result of abuse or exposure to sex acts that they themselves have experienced. These children need mental health treatment and family interventions, not probation and blacklists.

Why…

International Right to Know Day: Pursuing Openness and Accountability

International Right to Know Day: Pursuing Openness and Accountability

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 7:48pm

Today, we celebrate the 11th annual International Right to Know Day, recognizing the right of access to information and the importance of government transparency. Ninety-three countries around the world have transparency laws or regulations…

Why Have 1.5 Million Floridians Been Banned from Voting?

Why Have 1.5 Million Floridians Been Banned from Voting?

By Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida & Joyce Hamilton Henry, ACLU of Florida at 3:14pm

The struggle to protect the fundamental right to vote for people with a felony conviction is nothing new in this country, but has now reached a crisis level. Almost six million people are denied the right to vote because of felon disfranchisement laws…

U.N. to Review NSA Privacy Violations Among Other U.S. Rights Abuses

U.N. to Review NSA Privacy Violations Among Other U.S. Rights Abuses

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 11:31am

Human rights advocates from across the country are joining together today in a National Day of Action to raise awareness about the state of human rights in the United States at the local, state, and federal levels, and to spotlight areas where the…