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Due to socio-economic unrest in Antananarivo, Madagascar, the number of child laborers has risen by 25 percent. According to various reports published by International organizations like the International Labour Office (ILO) and the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF, there are two million children under the age of 15 going to work everyday instead of attending […]
In an act an Army public health physician called “pharmacological waterboarding,” Guantanamo Bay detainees were forced to take a high dosage of anti-malarial drug mefloquine in January 2002. The experimentation was discovered in government investigation papers about the June 2006 death of three inmates and reported by the Seton Hall University School of Law’s Center […]
Since Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in 2003, the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) has been conducting a study on the causes and consequences of prison rape. In June of 2009, the NPREC released its findings from the 6-year research program. The Justice Department has been slow to act and as […]
On February 3, 2011 the office of Attorney General Eric Holder offered a proposal to the standards already enacted in Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. The proposed standards which would detect, prevent, reduce, and punish sexual abuse of people in government custody but would deny safeguard to detainees in US immigration facilities. Jamie Fellner, […]