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A campaign group has said the US president should order a criminal investigation into alleged torture sanctioned by the Bush administration.


Seven years after the release of shocking images of tortured prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the Supreme Court has turned back the appeal of 26 inmates from that infamous facility who wanted to sue two military contractors for damages.


A military court has upheld the conviction of the first Guantanamo Bay prisoner to be tried for war crimes at the U.S. base in Cuba.


The US Justice Department has opened a torture and war crimes grand jury investigation into the interrogation and death of a prisoner at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a person close to the investigation said Tuesday.


Despite a changing population and opportunities to learn from its history, racial tensions haven't disappeared in Greensboro, longtime residents say.


This report disscusses the Greensboro Truth and Reonciliation Commission's Final Report on the 1979 killings of five anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstrators. It focuses on a meeting of representatives from truth recovery efforts around the world to assess the Greensboro experience. Topics covered include best practices, lessons learned, and the potential of truth commissions for other communities and issues in the United States. It concludes that there is great potential to gain from this type of exchange, and that Greensboro is an inspiration for other communities.

Date published: 
Fri, 09/01/2006 - 09:07


In the U.S., the democratic principle that openness in government can act as an important check against the possibility of government abuse has been steadily undermined. A critical information gap, only partially addressed through fragmented investigative efforts within and outside government, leaves important questions unanswered, such as how and by whom abuse has been authorized and carried out, on what scale and with what human and policy consequences.

Date published: 
Sat, 11/01/2008 - 13:42


Amicus curiae on petition for a writ of certiorari, to the United States Court of Appeals for the second circuit.

Date published: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 15:20


This briefing presents the key findings and recommendations of a longer report of the same title. The report documents that practices including slamming detainees into walls, extended sleep deprivation, suspending them by the arms, forced nudity, threats, prolonged shackling in uncomfortable positions and disrespect of the Qur'an, were the result of officially sanctioned policies and, as such, should be regarded as "system crimes."

Date published: 
Sun, 11/01/2009 - 15:13


Response to the first 100 days of the Obama administration and the disclosure of evidence detailing abusive treatment of detainees in the "war on terror." ICTJ recommends the appointment of a special prosecutor, the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission of inquiry and continued declassification of information.

Date published: 
Mon, 06/01/2009 - 15:07