Archive for the ‘Discrimination and Abuse of Discretion’ Category
(Washington, DC) – The US Justice Department should immediately investigate the New York City police for alleged religion-based discrimination in their surveillance of Muslim communities, and make its findings public, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holde
(New York) – New York authorities should fully investigate New York City police for violating religious freedom in their surveillance of Muslim “communities of interest,” Human Rights Watch said today.
(New York) – New York City officials should order a full investigation into the showing of an anti-Muslim film during police training and take appropriate action against all those responsible, Human Rights Watch said today.
(Washington, DC) – Alabama’s new immigrant act denies unauthorized immigrants and their families, including US citizen children, their basic rights, threatening their access to everyday necessities and equal protection of the law, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
(Washington, DC) – The US Sentencing Commission’s unanimous vote on June 30, 2011, to make new federal crack cocaine sentencing guidelines retroactive, is consistent with internationally recognized human rights principles, Human Rights Watch said today.
Earlier this year, a student in a human rights seminar I was teaching declared her conviction that gay parents damage their children by virtue of being gay. I explained as gently as I could why this is a discriminatory notion, incompatible with human rights standards, and moved on. My student sat as if stunned for two minutes, then gathered her books and left the class.
The United States Congress has failed to reform the "broken" immigration system, and states have been attempting to fill the vacuum with their own immigration enforcement bills. One of the first efforts by states to regulate immigration was the passage of Proposition 187 in California in 1994.
The Universal Periodic Review of the United States addressed a large number of important issues, such as the death penalty, mistreatment of migrants, racial disparities in education, access to health care, and accountability for torture.
(Washington, DC) – Hearings of the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security on the alleged radicalization of the Muslim American community threaten to unjustly conflate Islam with violence and encourage discrimination against a minority population, Human Rights Watch said today.
Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit a statement to this hearing on "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response."