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Tragic Death Should Not Define Public Policy


Matthew Denice’s tragic death at the hands of a drunk driver is a crime that should be punished. But it is not the single incident upon which public policy should be based.

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White House Committed to Closing Guantanamo


The White House recently reaffirmed its commitment to closing Guantanamo—a commitment President Obama made almost three years ago when he signed an executive order mandating its closure within a year.

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PHR Remembers Victims of September 11 Attacks and Thanks All Who Fight for Human Rights


PHR marks the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 by remembering the victims of the brutal terrorist attacks and thanking all those who continue to fight for human rights.

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Federal Court Rules that Prolonged Detention of Immigrants Is Unconstitutional


In February Cheik Diop, a Senegalese asylum seeker, walked out of an immigration detention facility in Pennsylvania. His release came nearly three years after he was first detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in early 2008. Last week, a federal appeals court held that detaining Diop for 1,072-days while he fought to stay in the United States violated the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. This important ruling gives hope to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are detained every year.

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Stefan Schmitt Discusses "Day of Disappeared" on BBC


PHR’s Director of the International Forensic Program, Stefan Schmitt, recently appeared in an interview with the BBC World Service to discuss the UN International Day of the Disappeared.

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