Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Mentally Ill Gitmo Detainee Seeks Medical Review
Today, attorneys urged a federal judge to appoint a Mixed Medical Commission to assess whether Guantánamo prisoner Mohammed al Qahtani’s mental illness is so severe that he must be repatriated. Al Qahtani is the only Guantánamo prisoner the U.S. government has explicitly acknowledged torturing. His...
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Private Corporation May be Sued for Role in Abu Ghraib Torture, Judge Rules
Today, a Virginia federal judge ruled that the treatment of three Iraqi individuals formerly detained at the infamous “hard site” at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq constitutes torture, war crimes, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, based on a thorough review of U.S. domestic and international...
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Monday, February 05, 2018
Civil Rights Groups Call for Oversight Hearing on NYPD Gang Policing Practices
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) sent a letter to the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety, as well as the Committee on Oversight and Investigations, requesting public hearings on the New York City Police...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Guantánamo Attorneys Blast Trump “Keep Gitmo Open” Order
In response to Donald Trump’s announcement in tonight’s State of the Union address that he is issuing an executive order to keep open the prison at Guantánamo Bay, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement: Trump has made no secret of his intention to keep Guantánamo...
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Friday, January 26, 2018
Guantánamo Attorneys Condemn Trump’s Planned Executive Order to Keep the Prison Open
In response to the leak of a State Department cable saying that Trump plans to sign an executive order to keep Guantánamo Bay prison open, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement: News of Trump’s forthcoming executive order on Guantánamo is confirmation of what his...
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Friday, January 19, 2018
Men Rounded Up in Post-9/11 Sweeps Push Suit Against Warden For Physical, Verbal, Religious Abuse
Today, in a case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) urged a federal court to protect the ability of people detained in federal prisons to sue for damages over violence and other abusive treatment. In a June 2017 ruling , the Supreme Court held that...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Gitmo Attorneys File Major New Challenge to Trump’s Guantánamo
Today, on the 16 th anniversary of the Guantánamo prison’s opening, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Reprieve, and co-counsel filed a major challenge to Donald Trump’s continued detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. The collective filing, on behalf of 11 men, argues that Trump’s...
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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Human Rights Attorneys to File Major Challenge to Trump Guantánamo Policy
Thursday, January 11, 2018 the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel will hold a press conference to announce a major court filing challenging the Trump administration’s continued detention of men at Guantánamo without charge or trial. The filing coincides with the 16 th anniversary...
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Former Olympia Food Co-op Board Members Move to End Seven-Year Lawsuit Over Boycott of Israeli Goods
Today, attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) called for a Washington State court to end a seven-year litigation battle against former volunteer board members of the Olympia Food Cooperative over their decision to boycott Israeli goods as part of the global Boycott, Divestment, and...
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Federal Monitor Submits Status Report in Court-Ordered NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Reforms, Advocates Raise Concerns
In response to the court-appointed monitor in the Center for Constitutional Rights’ landmark stop-and-frisk case Floyd v. City of New York filing his seventh status report with the court on the court-ordered reforms, CCR issued the following statement: While we are pleased with the progress that...
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