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January 12, 2015 1. Close the door on Torture With the release of the 500-page summary of Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture and detention after 9/11, the country finally has many of the...
January 08, 2015 As Congress enters its 114th session, this blog series addresses what we believe should take top priority. While 2014 brought progress on national security issues, such as the release of the...
January 05, 2015 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomed proposed legislation that would prevent the future use of torture or cruel treatment by the CIA or any other branch of the U.S....
January 01, 2015 This blog is a cross-post from Huffington Post. Last month's revelations about CIA torture have hurt U.S. credibility worldwide. The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA Interrogation...
December 24, 2014 In a groundbreaking case, the DC Circuit Court refused to let North Korea avoid liability for the presumed torture and killing of Reverend Kim Dong Shik, kidnapped by North Korean officials in 2001....
December 23, 2014 This is a cross post from The Huffington Post. Nine years ago today CIA Director Porter Goss wrote to senior U.S. intelligence officers assuring them that the agency’s torture interrogations “...
December 19, 2014 It sounds like a scene from a spy thriller: two defense attorneys waiting to meet with their client suspect that the CIA is spying on them. They stand on their chairs, examine the smoke detector on...

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Letter | January 11, 2017
Download January 6, 2017 Donald J. Trump President-elect of the United States of America Trump Tower 735 5th Avenue New York, NY 10022 Dear President-Elect Trump, We are a group of 176...
Issue Brief | January 11, 2017
 “When the United States stands up for human rights, by example at home and by effort abroad, we align ourselves with men and women around the world who struggle for the right to speak their...
Factsheet | January 10, 2017
Over the course of the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump expressed hostility to human rights norms and called into question whether the United States should continue to promote its values abroad...
Issue Brief | January 09, 2017
The so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” used in the CIA’s rendition, detention, and interrogation program constitute torture or other cruel treatment, and are illegal under both U...