Guantánamo Diary

Photo of detainees at Guantánamo Bay Detention Center on January 11, 2002 by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy, U.S. Navy.  Photo is in the public domain.

On January 23, 2015, Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore in Washington, DC, hosted an event entitled Guantánamo Diary. The event derived its title from a memoir written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi who is currently imprisoned at the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp (GTMO) in Cuba. Two of Mr. Slahi’s lawyers, Nancy Hollander, a well- known […]

The Philippines: Culture of Violence in Police Force Blamed for Torture Cases

Photo of Riot Police in The Philippines by Flickr user Keith Bacongco, licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Philippine Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights and Committee on Public Order met in Manila last week to discuss claims of police torture within the country. The joint committee hearing was announced shortly after the release of Amnesty International’s (AI) investigative report, Above the Law, which details widespread abuse of detainees by Philippine […]

Venezuela’s Treatment of Protesters Forces Questioning from the UN’s Committee Against Torture

Photo Courtesy of andresAzp, via Flickr

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) recently questioned Venezuela on its alleged use of torture and other inhumane treatment during the country’s political protests that started in February 2014. The UNCAT’s concerns come from reports that stated that Venezuelan police forces tortured and abused more than 3,000 people who were detained during the protests. […]

Reports of Impunity for Serious Violations of Human Rights in Mexico | Denuncias de impunidad por graves violaciones de derechos humanos en México

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, via flickr

Vea este artículo en español aquí. Reports of Impunity for Serious Violations of Human Rights in Mexico by Alejandra Aramayo Commissioners: Rosa María Ortiz, James L. Cavallaro, Felipe González Petitioners: Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos (CMDPDH); Colectivo Contra la Tortura y la Impunidad (CCTI); Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos (FIDH); Centro […]

Human Rights Situation of Persons Deprived of Liberty in Cuba | Situación de Derechos Humanos de las Personas Privadas de Libertad en Cuba

Commissioners listen to testimony by Petitioners from Cubalex on the situation of persons deprived of liberty in Cuba (courtesy of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights)

Commissioners/Comisionados: Felipe González (Rapporteur for Cuba), Rosa María Ortiz, and James L. Cavallaro (Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty) Petitioners/Peticionarios: Laritza Diversent and Barbara Estrabaro, Centro de Información Legal “Cubalex” State/Estado: Cuba Human Rights Situation of Persons Deprived of Liberty in Cuba Vea este artículo en español aquí. Going to prison is never […]