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British court rules that the inhumane conditions in American prisons mean UK hacking suspect can't be legally extradited

British court rules that the inhumane conditions in American prisons mean UK hacking suspect can't be legally extradited | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Lauri Love is a British man on the autism spectrum who also has depression and severe eczema, who was facing extradition to America on charges of hacking US military and private agencies.

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Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal

Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Search app that will "blacklist sensitive queries" could be launched in six to nine months, according to documents and people familiar with the plans.

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How Activists Convinced New York City To Stop Profiting Off Prisoners’ Phone Calls –

How Activists Convinced New York City To Stop Profiting Off Prisoners’ Phone Calls – | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

News of the victory is spreading rapidly to other cities.

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Unending trauma: The heavy toll of ongoing violence on mental health in Kashmir

Unending trauma: The heavy toll of ongoing violence on mental health in Kashmir | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Besides physical harm, the Valley is struggling with a mental health crisis that has only gotten more serious since the increased use of force in 2016.

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Disappearances and torture in southern Yemen detention facilities must be investigated as war crimes | Amnesty International

Disappearances and torture in southern Yemen detention facilities must be investigated as war crimes | Amnesty International | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Following a recent field investigation in southern Yemen, a new Amnesty International report looks into the cases of 51 men detained by UAE and allied forces. Scores have been disappeared, and many have been tortured in custody - violations that amount to war crimes.

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Border separations: Not just the US, India has separated Bangladeshi immigrant families for years

Border separations: Not just the US, India has separated Bangladeshi immigrant families for years | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

In West Bengal, the detained Bangladesh immigrants are sent to prisons while their children are kept in shelter homes.

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South Sudanese troops raped and killed hundreds in recent attacks, U.N. investigation finds

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Recently named honorary citizen of Paris, Nabeel Rajab faces new persecutions

Recently named honorary citizen of Paris, Nabeel Rajab faces new persecutions | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it



On 18 June, while the honorary citizenship ceremony was held for detained Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab in the City Council of (...)

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UNHCR Global Trends - Forced Displacement in 2017

UNHCR Global Trends - Forced Displacement in 2017 | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

In 2017, the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide came at a rate of 44,400 every day. Raising the cumulative total to 68.5 million at the year’s end.

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Defending refugee rights

Defending refugee rights | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

These seven brave refugees, including three young children, sheltered Edward Snowden. Now they're being punished for it. Help bring them to safety.

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Your Rights in the Border Zone

Your Rights in the Border Zone | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

On Jan. 19, two Border Patrol agents boarded a Greyhound bus at a Fort Lauderdale station and proceeded to question passengers row by row. The bus, traveling from Orlando to Miami, had not crossed any international borders. Despite its domestic route, the agents interrogated passengers, ultimately detaining a Jamaican national who, Border Patrol claims, had overstayed her tourist visa. This story is not an isolated occurrence, and the practice is hardly new. However, a recent uptick in this type of immigration operation — from New York to Florida — has caused fear among travelers and immigrant communities. It has also raised important questions about the scope of immigration officials’ authority and the rights one has in these encounters.

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Critics call for change to outdated computer sex crime law | New Hampshire

Critics call for change to outdated computer sex crime law | New Hampshire | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

When he was 18 years old, Bailey Serpa propositioned a 15-year-old he knew for sex. Had the two teenagers actually engaged in consensual sex, Serpa's crime would have been a Class A misdemeanor with no requirement that he register as a sex offender. They didn't have sex, but because Serpa, of Nottingham, used a computer or the internet to make the request, he was charged and ultimately found guilty of a felony that will ensure he is on the registry for life.

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Planned Parenthood Is Asking Donald Trump’s Labor Board For Help Busting Its Colorado Union

If Planned Parenthood is to prevail, it could be a setback for similar workers across the country.

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Guatemala: ex-military officers convicted of crimes against humanity | World news | The Guardian

Guatemala: ex-military officers convicted of crimes against humanity | World news | The Guardian | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Four former high-ranking officers convicted of 1981 rape and torture of young woman and disappearance of her teenage brother

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In 'Quiet Skies' program, TSA is tracking regular travelers like terrorists in secret surveillance - The Boston Globe

In 'Quiet Skies' program, TSA is tracking regular travelers like terrorists in secret surveillance - The Boston Globe | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Air marshals are conducting a new domestic surveillance program, tracking people as they fly and move through airports. It might be illegal.

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El Paso County Deputies Started a Fight Club to Reward Use of Force Against Prisoners

El Paso County Deputies Started a Fight Club to Reward Use of Force Against Prisoners | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Use of violent force is never something to celebrate. Any time law enforcement officers legitimately use force or violence against people in the communities that they serve, it is at best an unfortunate part of the job that should be kept to the minimum amount necessary to control a situation.

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Too good to be true? Slum graffiti warns Kenyans about ...

Too good to be true? Slum graffiti warns Kenyans about ... | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Kenya is a source, transit and destination country for men, women and children who are trafficked into forced labour and sexual slavery

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Ethiopia Touts Good Conditions in Factories for Brands Like H&M and Calvin Klein, but Workers Scrape By on $1 a Day

In a notoriously exploitative industry, factories in Ethiopia pay some of the lowest wages of any garment factories in the world.

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Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn't Get The Care They Needed

Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn't Get The Care They Needed | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Pregnant women in immigration detention under the Trump administration say they have been denied medical care, shackled around the stomach, and abused.

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How a Black, Female LAPD Cop Would Change Policing, Part II of II

How a Black, Female LAPD Cop Would Change Policing, Part II of II | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

A Conversation with Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey (Ret.) of the Los Angeles Police Department. Read Part I Here. 


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The second part to the series.

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M16 put questions to prisoner waterboarded 83 times by CIA | UK news | The Guardian

M16 put questions to prisoner waterboarded 83 times by CIA | UK news | The Guardian | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Damning evidence in UK parliamentary report finds security services had ‘direct awareness’ of Saudi prisoner being waterboarded and suffering other ‘interrogation techniques’

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James Schwab: ICE whistleblower interview with CBS interrupted by surprise visit from government agents - exclusive - CBS News

James Schwab: ICE whistleblower interview with CBS interrupted by surprise visit from government agents - exclusive - CBS News | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

James Schwab, who resigned in March because he says the Trump administration asked him to spread a lie, called the surprise visit an "intimidation" technique

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Take Action

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Immigrant and civil rights groups have never seen anything like this. Infants and children are being ripped from their mother’s arms as they enter the United States. In one case in Arizona, a 53 week old infant was recently in court without a parent. These are children and families seeking asylum from Central America and Africa―from violence in their home countries. In a recent interview with NPR, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called this policy a “tough deterrent.” But the motives of the White House are clear: To punish immigrant families. Now, the ACLU is suing the U.S. government to reunite these families. Stand with us to demand that the Trump administration and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stop its assault on immigrant families. Demand that children and parents be immediately reunited.

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Federal Appeals Court Errs a Second Time on Device Privacy at the Border

Federal Appeals Court Errs a Second Time on Device Privacy at the Border | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit got it wrong—again—ruling last week in U.S. v. Touset that border agents may forensically search, without any suspicion of wrongdoing, travelers’ electronic devices.

The Eleventh Circuit ruled in March in U.S. v. Vergara that neither a warrant nor probable cause is ever required for a border search, including of an electronic device. Because the defendant in that case did not press the issue of whether a lesser standard—reasonable suspicion—should at least be required for a forensic device search, that court didn’t address the issue.

The rulings in the two cases came from two different three-judge panels. The silver lining is that one judge in Vergara took the position that a probable cause warrant should be required for forensic device searches at the border.
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HHS Official Says Agency Lost Track of Nearly 1,500 Unaccompanied Minors | Trafficked in America | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site

HHS Official Says Agency Lost Track of Nearly 1,500 Unaccompanied Minors | Trafficked in America | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

A top official from the Department of Health and Human Services came under fire in a congressional hearing on Thursday over how the agency tracks unaccompanied minors after they are released to family or other sponsors inside the United States. 

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Inside the Barbaric U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation

An investigation into Ridglan Farms shines a light on a largely hidden industry that breeds and cages dogs for the sole purpose of experimentation.

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