US: Don’t Suspend Conflict Minerals Rule

A move reportedly under consideration by the Trump administration to suspend a rule requiring companies to disclose their source for gold and other potential “conflict minerals” could enrich abusive armed groups in Africa, Human Rights Watch said today. Suspension of the rule, known as Dodd-Frank 1502, would undermine positive efforts to eliminate conflict minerals from the supply chain of major […]

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Obama Did Right by Repealing Registration Regulations

Trump Should Not Reinstate Them by Clara Long President Barack Obama did the right thing today by repealing federal counterterrorism regulations that required tens of thousands of non-citizen Muslims to register with the government. The action may slow down President-elect Donald Trump if he moves to make good on his misguided campaign promise to create a Muslim registry. If so, […]

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Sexual Abuse of Women in U.S. State Prisons

In All Too Familiar: Sexual Abuse of Women in U.S. State Prisons, released today, the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Project charges that in state prisons from Georgia to California, male officers are sexually abusing female prisoners with nearly total impunity. State and federal officials in a position to address such misconduct often deny that it exists or fail to […]

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