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Ignore the Drumbeat of Doom, the NSA’s Call Records Program Didn’t Stop a Single Terrorist Attack

Do you hear that? It's starting. The predictable drumbeat of dire warnings about what will happen if portions of the Patriot Act – the post-9/11 law being used to conduct controversial NSA dragnet surveillance – are allowed to expire...Show More Summary

The Return of the Round-up!

After a brief hiatus, the Human Rights Round-up is back. Our new team of expert summarisers – Hannah Lynes, Alex Wessely and Laura Profumo – is installed and ready to administer your regular dose of UK human rights news. This week, Hannah reports on the Global Law Summit, access to justice, and what’s happening in the courts. […]

Ferguson, Black & Blue

This post originally appeared on the ACLU of Missouri's blog. The United States Department of Justice will confirm tomorrow what residents in the St. Louis metro area have long known: If you’re black in Ferguson, you have a greater chance...Show More Summary

Company Asks Cops to Keep Use of License Plate Trackers Secret

The NYPD may soon become the latest police department to begin paying private license plate tracking corporation Vigilant Solutions for access to the company’s nationwide location database, according to a report in the New York Daily News and documents unearthed by Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar. Show More Summary

Law & Order

Imagine you are Zambia’s chief prosecutor Mutembo Nchito. You’ve been director of public prosecutions since 2011 and things seem to be going pretty well. You may or may not have taken advantage of your position for some constructive grafting. Then, in … Continue reading ?

Reproductive Rights Shouldn't Be Just for the Rich

I just returned from spending two weeks in Alaska challenging a law that withholds almost all Medicaid coverage for abortion from qualified women. Alaska is really far away, and two weeks is a long time to be away from my family, including...Show More Summary

Feds Refuse to Release Documents on “Zero-Day” Security Exploits

Federal agencies served with a Freedom of Information Act request are refusing to release documents related to their purchase, use and disclosure of zero-day exploits, keeping the American public in the dark about a practice that leaves...Show More Summary

Thank You Illinois Bar Examiners for Accommodating My Need to Pump During the Test and Extending It to All Nursing Mothers

I gave birth to my first child 8 weeks ago and took the bar exam last week. For a time, this grueling combination did not seem possible – and not because of the exhausting nature of both experiences. But thanks to the Illinois Bar Examiners,...Show More Summary

Government Attempt to Speed Up Guantánamo Trials (Rightfully) Backfires

Government meddling has long been a problem at the Guantánamo Bay military commissions, with the hearings of the last few days offering another crystal-clear example. The government's latest incursion into the commissions' proceedings further tarnishes the discredited military commissions system. Show More Summary

Will Nelson Mandela's Solitary Confinement Inspire Positive Change?

It's a short walk from my hotel here in Cape Town to the waterfront. From there you can see Robben Island, the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters were incarcerated during the darkest days of apartheid. During his 27 years of captivity, Mandela suffered hunger, forced labor, and physical abuse. Show More Summary

The UNICEF Tap Project Is Back!

Put down your phone. Challenge your friends to do the same. You'll provide safe, clean water to children in need.

Four Questions for Prime Minister Netanyahu

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to give two major speeches in Washington, DC.  The first is Monday at the conference of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  The second is on Tuesday before the U.S. … Please continue reading.

myMADRE Link Roundup: Raising Our Voices and Creating Solutions

What we’ve written, read, listened to, remembered, watched and been inspired by this month. [View the story “myMADRE Link Roundup: Raising Our Voices and Creating Solutions” on Storify]

We Must Honor the Legacy of Selma Foot Soldiers by Repairing What They Fought For

In an important moment of bipartisanship, Congress unanimously passed a bill this month that honors the thousands of people who marched for voting rights 50 years ago in Selma, Alabama, with the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor. Show More Summary

‘Perfect Surveillance,’ Says Edward Snowden, Could Have Snuffed Out the LGBT Movement. He’s Right.

Edward Snowden recently pointed out how the victories of the LGBT movement in this country might never have happened if the government had the ability to conduct “perfect surveillance.” For decades, LGBT people had to fight officialShow More Summary

From Edie to Jim – Love at the Supreme Court

“You did it, honey.” That is what Edie Windsor imagined her late spouse, Thea Spyer, would have said after their love story brought down the core of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor. Edie and Thea did do it. Show More Summary

The ‘Family-Friendly’ Myths of Family Detention Facilities

Inside the family detention facilities in Karnes County and Dilley, Texas, hundreds of women wait, wondering what the English-only documents say, whether anyone will help them present their asylum cases, and how to care for their children...Show More Summary

WTF Friday, 2/27/2015

I’m not sure why I’m bothering, given that the entire internet is occupied with dress-related content today, BUT: Someone is wrong on the internet about the International Criminal Court, and I simply cannot let that pass. The individual in question is … Continue reading ?

Court of Appeal rules on police duty to suspects in detention – Diarmuid Laffan

Zenati v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another [2015] EWCA Civ 80 – read judgment Matthew Donmall appeared for the Crown Prosecution Service in this case. He had nothing to do with the writing of this post. In a recent judgment, the Court of Appeal held that where a criminal suspect is remanded […]

What’s Special about the US “Special Envoy” for LGBT Rights?

On Monday, February 23, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Randy Berry as the first ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons worldwide. Amnesty International joined other rights groups last summer … Please continue reading.

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