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Human rights promoters and journalists may be unaware of a powerful tool to curb impunity among military and police that receive U.S. assistance: the “Leahy Law.”

Introduced by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy in the 1990s, the Leahy Law prohibits the United States from providing assistance to any foreign military or police unit if there is credible information that such unit has committed grave human rights violations with impunity. If the foreign country takes “effective steps to bring the responsible members of the security forces unit to justice,” the U.S. government can resume assistance to that unit.

 

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Dec 1, 2014
Los defensores de los derechos humanos y periodistas en América Latina y el Caribe pueden no...
Dec 1, 2014
Human rights promoters and journalists may be unaware of a powerful tool to curb impunity among...