Jeffrey Bachman

Jeff Bachman is a professor of human rights at American University in Washington, with a focus in state responsibility for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_bachman

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Human Rights Watch’s Weak Position on Obama's Drones
In an effort to defend Human Rights Watch against recent criticism that its cozy relationship with the U.S. government threatens its objectivity, Executive Director Kenneth Roth and Reed Brody, Counsel and Spokesperson, mistakenly thought HRW’s coverage of the Obama administration’s use of drones...
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Abdullah Muhammad al-Tisi of Yakla holds a photo of his son Ali Abdullah Mohammed al-Tisi, who was killed in a US drone strike outside Rad`a, Yemen on December 12, 2013. (Photo: Human Rights Watch) Views
Friday, April 11, 2014
No 'War Crimes' To See Here, Please Move Along
While Western media focuses almost exclusively on events in Russia and Ukraine, it continues to ignore the growing calls for transparency and accountability for suspected war crimes and the most egregious of human rights violations from the Obama administration regarding its “targeted” killing...
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Monday, February 10, 2014
Time to Take a Stand to End US Impunity
Why is it that when the United States is responsible for violations of international law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law, discussions of the violations center almost exclusively on whether such violations are necessary and effective? It’s almost as if international law only exists for others, and even then the ‘others’ to which international law applies is limited to those the U.S.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
America, Genocide, and the “National Interest”
Today marks the 65 th anniversary of the Genocide Convention , the groundbreaking United Nations document that declared genocide to be an international crime.
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Tuesday, November 05, 2013
The Obama Administration May Be Guilty of War Crimes
Is President Obama a suspected war criminal?
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The US Must Not Bear Silent Witness to Another Crackdown in Bahrain
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Obama's Force-Feeding of Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strikers Violates the Torture Convention
The holy month of Ramadan began on July 8. At Guantanamo Bay’s Camp Delta, Muslim detainees on hunger strike, many of which have been cleared for release, continue to be force-fed against their will. Some of the hunger strikers have been wrongfully and illegally detained for more than 11 years.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
President Obama Loves Leaks, Despises Whistleblowers
With the revelation that the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of The Associated Press’ telephone records and used security badge access records to track James Rosen’s visits to the State Department, along with a warrant to search Rosen’s personal emails, there has been a rush in the mainstream media to declare the DOJ’s actions to be part of what they claim to be President Obama’s aggressive pursuit of those who would leak secret information to the press.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Growing Opposition to US Drones Program
The United States has a long history of violating international law when its leaders believe foreign policy objectives justify doing so.
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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Growing Oppostion to US Drones Program
The United States has a long history of violating international law when its leaders believe foreign policy objectives justify doing so. The belief in the right of the United States to overthrow democratically elected governments (Guatemala), to train and arm insurgencies (Nicaragua), and to launch aggressive wars (Iraq) free of the inconvenience of the law grows out of the nationalistic fervor of “American Exceptionalism.”
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