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Kamala Harris has a regressive history as California Attorney General

Kamala Harris has a regressive history as California Attorney General | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

Kamala Harris is positioning herself as a progressive prosecutor, whatever that is. But the former California attorney general’s record reveals that she’s actually tougher on innocent people than she is on crime, and that she’s never meant a reform she didn’t hate.

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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. 


Via Rob Duke
Rob Duke's curator insight, July 6, 2018 10:28 AM

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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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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Shock Tactics: Inmate deaths reveal “torturous” use of Tasers

Shock Tactics: Inmate deaths reveal “torturous” use of Tasers | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

In a national look at Taser deaths behind bars, Reuters finds 104 fatalities after inmates were stunned, often with other force. Abuses stir torture concerns.

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Seeing ‘Pattern’ of Inaction, Over 600 Scholars Write to PM on Kathua, Unnao Rapes

Seeing ‘Pattern’ of Inaction, Over 600 Scholars Write to PM on Kathua, Unnao Rapes | Rights & Liberties | Scoop.it

The signatories include Noam Chomsky, Lila Abu-Lughod, Prasenjit Duara and others.

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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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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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U.S. Navy Reserve Doctor on Gina Haspel Torture Victim: “One of the Most Severely Traumatized Individuals I Have Ever Seen”

A doctor and Naval reserve officer who examined a high-profile prisoner tortured under Haspel's supervision urged the Senate to oppose her nomination as CIA director.

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Scores of Palestinians have been shot in their legs, and some face amputation

During the past month of demonstrations along the border between Gaza and Israel, at least 17 Palestinians have suffered gunshot wounds that ultimately cost them their legs, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza. 

 In at least three of the cases, Israeli authorities rejected the transfer of wounded Gazans to the West Bank, where they could receive medical care that might have saved their limbs, according to lawyers and one of the patients’ families.
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