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Justice Department Reaches Agreement with City of Baltimore to Reform Police Department’s Unconstitutional Practices

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-agreement-city-baltimore-reform-police-department-s

Press release summarizing key points to consent decree with Baltimore city officials to resolve findings of federal investigation that the city’s police department engaged in practices that violate the Constitution.  Includes links to text  and Consent Decree Fact Sheet.  From the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department

 

Investigation of the Chicago Police Department

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/925846/download

Full text of the 161 page document.  From the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois

 

Justice Department Announces Findings of Investigation into Chicago Police Department

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-findings-investigation-chicago-police-department

Following a year-long investigation, the report accused the police department of engaging in a pattern of using excessive force, including deadly force, which it blames on deficiencies in training and accountability.  Includes a summary of the report with links to findings, a fact sheet, and the text of the agreement in principle between Chicago and the federal authorities.  From the Justice Department

 

Apology for Past Discrimination Toward Employees and Applicants Based on Sexual Orientation

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Personnel,Sex Issues

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/01/266711.htm

Brief statement from the Secretary of State apologizing for past discrimination against LGBTI employees and applicants.  From the State Department

 

Report on Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Korea,Sex Issues

https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/266853.htm

Report on human rights abuses in North Korea, mandated by 2016 law, which identifies persons responsible for serious human rights violations and describes such violations and acts of censorship.  Covers extrajudicial killings, forced labor, torture, prolonged arbitrary detention, rape, forced abortions,  and other sexual violence.  From the State Department

 

Report of the Special Task Force on Interrogation and Transfer Policies

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism,Treaties

https://www.justice.gov/oip/foia-library/2009_report_special_task_force_interrogation_and_transfer_policies/download

2009 report which directed the Task Force to evaluate whether the interrogation techniques in the Army Field Manual when employed by agencies outside the military serve as an appropriate means to acquire the intelligence necessary to protect the nation and to also study the practice of transferring  individuals to other nations to ensure that such measures are not used for purposes of torture or to circumvent U.S. international obligations.  Made public as part of the Report on Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the U.S. Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations.  From the Justice Department

 

U.S. Detention Policy Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism,Treaties

https://www.justice.gov/oip/foia-library/2012_detention_policy_report/download

2012 report which describes the legal basis for U.S. policy as it applies to current and future terrorism detainees.  Made public as part of the Report on Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the U.S. Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations.  From the Department of Justice

 

 

Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Terrorism,Treaties

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/Legal_Policy_Report.pdf

Citing long-standing U.S. adherence to international legal standards for waging war with due regard for humanitarian considerations, and prior to turning over governing authority to an administration which has vowed to use harsher measures, the Obama administration released this lengthy compendium of legal opinions, executive orders and military directives which guided its actions toward, among other things, use of drones and treatment of captured terrorists.  From the White House.

 

 

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