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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Urban Issues

Negative review of the San Francisco PD following several controversial shootings.  Finds more than 90 operational deficiencies and offers 270 recommendations for improvement.  From the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the U.S. Department of Justice


Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Labor/Employment

Examines promising practices and continuing barriers in recruitment, hiring, and retention for advancing diversity in law enforcement.  Aims to assist law enforcement agencies, especially smaller police departments in promoting diversity in their workforces.  Includes case studies of six communities.  From the Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Understanding and Extending the Marrakesh Declaration in Policy and Practice

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Conflict Resolution,Religion/Ethics

Offers background on the January 2016 Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Countries.  Explains the background and content of the Declaration, issued by Muslim scholars and politicians as a response to the widespread persecution against minorities by groups claiming Islamic justification for acts of violence. From the United States Institute of Peace


Human Rights in Russia: No Light at the End of the Tunnel

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,European Union,Russia

Describes the human rights situation in Russia as “increasingly difficult” with repressive legislation curtailing freedom of expression and human rights activism.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service


Report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines: Promoting Innovation and Access to Health Technologies

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,United Nations

Report of a panel created in September 2015 to spur health technology innovation and increase access to medicines.  Offers recommendations for reconciling the rights of inventors, trade rules, public health, and human rights.  From the High Level Panel.


Governor McAuliffe’s Restoration of Rights Policy

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Explains the process that will be followed by the governor in restoring rights to convicted felons who have served their time and reentered society.  Follows the Supreme Court’s ruling that the governor must restore rights individually rather than en masse.  From the Office of the Governor


Declassified Diplomacy: Argentina

Categories: Argentina,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,History,Latin America

A selection of eight key declassified documents from White House and State Department files dealing with the tactic of “disappearance” used by the military junta ruling Argentina during the 1970s and 1980s.  From the National Security Archive


Argentina: Carter, Reagan and Bush VP, Part 3

Categories: Argentina,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,History,Latin America

Declassification of records relating to human rights abuses in Argentina during the 1976-1983 period of dictatorship.  Continuation of file.


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