In 1994, the United States ratified the world’s landmark international treaty banning torture and cruel treatment: The Convention Against Torture, and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. On November 12th and 13th, the U.S. will go before the U.N. Committee Against Torture to report on progress made with respect to treaty implementation and compliance.
This ACLU report is submitted to the UN Committee against Torture as an alternative (or “shadow”) report to the U.S. government report submitted in August 2013, and highlights key areas in which the U.S. government has failed to uphold its human rights commitments under the Convention.
- National Security
- Solitary Confinement
- Denial of Access to Justice under the PLRA
- Immigration Detention
- Life-without-Parole Sentences
- The Death Penalty
- Racial Profiling
- The Excessive Militarization of Policing
Every month, you'll receive regular roundups of the most important civil rights and civil liberties developments. Remember: a well-informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.