Jamil Dakwar

Jamil Dakwar

Jamil Dakwar is director of the ACLU's Human Rights Program.

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The true reason for the policy now is that the Trump administration wants to stop a long-overdue investigation into U.S. torture. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons) Views
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Trump Administration Threatens International Criminal Court Judges and Prosecutors for Doing Their Jobs
In an unprecedented attack on one of the most important judicial bodies in the world, National Security Advisor John Bolton on Monday threatened to sanction the International Criminal Court and its staff if the court approves a full investigation into U.S. torture in Afghanistan. The U.S. is not a...
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Friday, June 17, 2016
New CIA Torture Documents Confirm Chilling Details of Khaled El-Masri’s 'Kafka-esque' Ordeal
After being mistakenly abducted in Macedonia and detained in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan, Khaled El-Masri told his interrogators that his ongoing detention was like “a Kafka novel.” A cable to CIA headquarters reported that El-Masri said he “could not possibly prove his innocence because he...
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
100 Groups From Around the World to UN: Demand Accountability for CIA Torture
This Friday, the world will mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture . This day is commemorated every year to reaffirm the universal commitment to the total eradication of torture, which is categorically prohibited under international law. On Wednesday, the largest-ever group of...
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Sunday, May 10, 2015
The United States Considers Itself a Human Rights Champion. The World Begs to Differ.
Starting Monday, the United States' human rights record will be subject to international scrutiny by the U.N. Human Rights Council. It may just be the perfect catalyst for the Obama administration to make good on past and present wrongs that should never be associated with a liberal democracy...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Will Obama Follow Bush Down the Made-Up Torture Loophole?
Twenty years ago, the United States ratified an international treaty banning the use of torture and cruelty worldwide. Three successive American presidents, with bipartisan support, threw their weight behind the treaty – Ronald Reagan signed it in 1988, George H.W. Bush approved it, and Bill...
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