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Obama’s Attempt to Prevent Mass Atrocities is Positive First Step

08/16/2011

Recently the Obama Administration unveiled landmark legislation which has the potential to strengthen how the US deals with the prevention of mass atrocities and serious human rights violations. The inter-agency Atrocities Prevention Board (PSD-10) aims to close existing gaps in US law and provide new economic, diplomatic, and political deterrents to ensure that the US responds swiftly and unequivocally to all manner of human rights violators.

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Balancing National Security Concerns with the Right to Seek Asylum

08/12/2011

A June 16 decision filed by the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (comprised of DE, NJ, and PA) offered a ray of hope to asylum seekers facing the daunting and ambiguous “national security bar.” The decision prevented the deportation of two Uzbek men and likely saved their lives. On a larger scale, the decision is a step forward for all those seeking asylum from torture who would otherwise be barred because of tenuous national security concerns.

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Secure Communities Goes Yet Another Step Too Far

08/11/2011

In June, PHR blogged about its concerns that the Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) “enhancements” to its controversial Secure Communities (S-Comm) program were merely cosmetic and would do nothing to protect people who are unfairly swept up in its overly broad net. Now, it seems that those concerns are well-founded.

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Torture Lawsuits against Rumsfeld Move Forward

08/09/2011

In the last week, two different federal courts have demonstrated a commitment to accountability for torture perpetrated by U.S. officials.

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LGBT Detainees at Increased Risk for Abuse and Mistreatment

08/02/2011

Several egregious examples of abuse of LGBT detainees, including sexual and physical assault, prolonged isolation, and withholding of medical care, have been documented in two reports this year.

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