United States

6/2/2011

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

4/26/2011

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

4/25/2011

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

4/25/2011

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

4/25/2011

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

4/25/2011

Details the range of measures that will be needed to address the consequences of abuses committed during the U.S. "war on terror," including independent investigations, public disclosure of the truth, prosecutions of those responsible for abuses and redress for victims of serious harms.

Date published: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 15:04

4/25/2011

The Documentation Affinity Group (DAG) was established in 2005 by ICTJ and five partner organizations as a peer-to-peer network with a primary focus on human rights documentation. Documenting Truth collects the best practices derived from the work of the DAG organizations in Cambodia, Guatemala, Burma, Iraq, Serbia and the United States. Its goal is to provide useful lessons for groups documenting abuses around the world, working toward the protection and promotion of truth, and establishing just and democratic societies.

Date published: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 10:43

4/25/2011

Counterterrorism detainees held in U.S. custody were subject to widespread abuses, including prolonged, arbitrary detention, physical and sexual abuse, enforced disappearance by way of the secret transfer of prisoners to undisclosed locations (“extraordinary rendition”), and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or torture.

Date published: 
Sun, 08/01/2010 - 08:25

4/25/2011

In dealing with counterterrorism detainees after 2001, the United States breached its obligations under the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) and other sources of international human rights and humanitarian law. Although the current administration has turned away from some former policies, areas of concern still exist.

Date published: 
Thu, 04/01/2010 - 08:23

4/25/2011

This Brief of Amici Curiae is respectfully submitted by several human rights and torture treatment organizations pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 29 and District of Columbia Circuit Rule 29. The Brief is filed in support of the Plaintiffs-Appellants and seeks the reversal of the district court‘s decision. They believe the district court‘s ruling in In re Iraq and Afghanistan Detainees Litigation, 479 F. Supp. 2d 85 (D.D.C. 2007), is startling and deeply troubling.

Date published: 
Fri, 01/01/2010 - 08:17

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