Blog of Rights

Does U.S. Immigration Policy Respect Human Rights?

Does U.S. Immigration Policy Respect Human Rights?

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 4:38pm
Today is International Migrants Day, a day to reflect on the human rights of immigrants and migrant communities. As the ACLU blogged last week, despite accomplishments on some key human rights issues, the U.S. still has a long way to go to fulfill its promises to vulnerable members of our society such as immigrants and racial and ethnic minorities.
Shedding Light on the Dark Side – A Call to Congress to Release the SSCI Report

Shedding Light on the Dark Side – A Call to Congress to Release the SSCI Report

By Amshula Jayaram, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:07am

Last week, nearly four years after President Obama closed the CIA’s Detention, Interrogation and Rendition Program, the American public is one step closer to learning the truth about a program that sanctioned the torture of terrorism suspects.…

Falling Behind: The Human Rights Implications of Solitary Confinement in the United States

Falling Behind: The Human Rights Implications of Solitary Confinement in the United States

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 9:45am

Last week, the world celebrated International Human Rights Day, marking the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

European Court: U.S. Extraordinary Rendition “Amounted to Torture”

European Court: U.S. Extraordinary Rendition “Amounted to Torture”

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 10:30pm

Almost nine years ago, Khaled El-Masri was abducted, forcibly disappeared, and tortured by Macedonian authorities and the CIA. Until today, his well-documented claims of abuse had yet to be affirmed by any authorities responsible for his mistreatment…

Wearing a Hoodie While Brown Does Not Mean You Are in a Gang

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 5:00pm

On December 16, 2010, West High School officials in Salt Lake City, Utah invited the Metro Gang Task Force into the school to conduct a gang sweep. Students identified, searched and interrogated by the police were mostly Latino/a or, in the case of…

A Mother’s “Last Chance” at Justice: José Padilla Torture Case Brought Before Human Rights Tribunal

A Mother’s “Last Chance” at Justice: José Padilla Torture Case Brought Before Human Rights Tribunal

By Deborah Francois, Yale Law School, Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic & Sheng Li, Yale Law School, Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic & Alaina Varvaloucas, Yale Law School, Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at 5:04pm

After a fruitless five-year battle in U.S. federal courts to hold accountable those who unlawfully detained and tortured her son José Padilla, Estela Lebron today sought to have their claims heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).…

Groundbreaking Senate Hearing Shines a Light on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Groundbreaking Senate Hearing Shines a Light on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Kimberly Humphrey, Washington Legislative Office at 10:23am

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will hold a landmark hearing entitled, Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline. It is the first time a congressional panel will look at this disturbing…

Making Human Rights Reality

Making Human Rights Reality

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 12:07pm

Today is Human Rights Day and the 64th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As one of the first documents to present the world with a comprehensive vision of human rights, the declaration is…

New Government Report Reveals Over 200 Children Have Been Held in U.S. Custody in Afghanistan Since 2008

New Government Report Reveals Over 200 Children Have Been Held in U.S. Custody in Afghanistan Since 2008

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 1:36pm

In recent years, several human rights bodies have faulted the U.S. for failing to live up to its international legal commitments to protect children in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week, the U.S. issued its written response to questions…

First Circuit Court Should Defend Victims Of Human Trafficking

First Circuit Court Should Defend Victims Of Human Trafficking

By Carol Rose, Executive Director, ACLU of Massachusetts at 4:30pm

Today's utterance by Chief Judge Sandra Lynch, of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, gives me hope that the court will do justice for the victims of human trafficking who will be impacted by how the First Circuit rules in a case argued before it this morning.