ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, July 10, 2020
Survivors of U.S. Torture and Rendition to be Heard Before International Tribunal
In an historic decision released on July 8, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights determined that four survivors of the U.S. secret detention and torture program have the right to present their case before the regional tribunal. Binyam Mohamed, Abou Elkassim Britel, Mohamed Farag Ahmad...
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Friday, July 10, 2020
ACLU Statement on Second Wrongful Arrest due to Face Recognition Technology
The Detroit Free Press reported this morning that Michael Oliver, a 25-year-old Black man from Detroit, was wrongfully arrested because of a false face recognition match last year. This now appears to be the second known case of someone being wrongfully arrested in the United States as a result of...
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Friday, July 10, 2020
Court Blocks Trump Administration Rule That Threatened Insurance Coverage for Abortion
In a major victory for abortion access, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland today blocked a Trump administration rule designed to make insurance companies stop offering coverage for abortion. This ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Inc...
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Monday, July 06, 2020
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Block on Asylum Transit Ban
A federal appeals court has upheld a block on the Trump administration’s attempt to deny asylum to anyone at the southern border who transited through a third country en route to the United States, with very limited exceptions. The lawsuit, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Barr, was filed by the...
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Friday, July 03, 2020
North Carolina City Ordinance, One of the Most Speech-Restrictive in the Country, Effectively Bans Any Protest
The American Civil Liberties Union together with a coalition of civil rights groups today filed an emergency lawsuit against the city of Graham, North Carolina, seeking to immediately block a city ordinance that the government is using to suppress protests against racism, police brutality, and...
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Thursday, July 02, 2020
ACLU Sues Federal Government for Risking Lives to Resume Executions During Pandemic
Seeking to delay the federal execution of Wesley Purkey later this month, the American Civil Liberties Union and Ropes Gray LLP sued Attorney General William Barr and other federal officials today on behalf of Reverend Seigen Hartkemeyer, a Buddhist priest who has ministered to Purkey for over a...
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
ACLU Comment on Supreme Court Ruling in Religious Freedom Case
Today, in a 5-4 decision , the Supreme Court ruled that states can be forced to fund religious education using taxpayer dollars. Although the court has previously allowed states to offer school voucher programs in certain circumstances, it has also held that states may choose not to do so,...
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Thursday, June 25, 2020
ACLU Comment on Bill Stopping Face Recognition Surveillance
Members of Congress today introduced legislation that would halt federal use of and funding for face recognition surveillance technologies. The bill, Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020, comes after the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a complaint...
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Thursday, June 25, 2020
ACLU Comment on Supreme Court Ruling in Immigrants’ Rights Case
In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that certain asylum seekers cannot seek federal court review of their fast-track deportation orders. The case, Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam, was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt argued the case...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Man Wrongfully Arrested Because Face Recognition Can’t Tell Black People Apart
Robert Williams, a Black man and Michigan resident, was wrongfully arrested because of a false face recognition match, according to an administrative complaint filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. This is the first known case of someone being wrongfully arrested in the...
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