Capital punishment: victims and their families deserve better

In announcing the Justice Department’s decision to resume executions for people sentenced to death under federal law last Thursday, Attorney General William Barr said, “We owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.” Barr’s words reflect a common misunderstanding about justice and the interests of … Continue reading Capital punishment: victims and their families deserve better

Understanding the Expansion of Expedited Removal

The long-expected announcement of the expansion of expedited removal authority throughout the United States, just a week after the administration rewrote the rules on establishing a credible fear of persecution or torture, is like a 1-2 punch for due process and the right to seek asylum. Expedited removal, a product of the 1996 Illegal Immigration … Continue reading Understanding the Expansion of Expedited Removal

The “Commission on Unalienable Rights” has No Place in International Human Rights Dialogue

The Advocates for Human Rights is strongly opposed to the U.S. Department of State’s recently announced “Commission on Unalienable Rights.” As an organization committed to implementing international human rights standards, we are deeply concerned about the many legal, moral, and philosophical problems with the Commission, its mandate, and its makeup. We have joined with other … Continue reading The “Commission on Unalienable Rights” has No Place in International Human Rights Dialogue

New Asylum Bar Takes Effect

A new regulation by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice seeks to bar asylum to people who enter or attempt to enter the United States at the southern border if they do not first apply for asylum in at least one other country through which they traveled.  The Interim Final Rule … Continue reading New Asylum Bar Takes Effect