Regional and Global Perspectives on Impunity for CIA Torture and the Right to Remedies and Reparation

On October 23, 2015, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a hearing on “human rights situation of persons affected by the U.S. Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program.” The hearing, which was requested by the ACLU and the NYU Global Justice Clinic, focused on the right to remedies and reparations for survivors of the CIA torture program. In advance of the IACHR hearing, a coalition of human rights groups from the U.S. and Latin America held a public event at NYU Washington, DC, addressing the need for transparency and accountability for the CIA torture and secret detention program. What does U.S. failure to act in the face of well-documented acts of torture mean to global human rights and what are the consequences for endorsing impunity? What lessons could be learned from the Latin American experience in the search for truth and justice and ensuring non-repetition of torture and enforced disappearances?

Meg Satterthwaite, Faculty Director of CHRGJ, provided welcoming remarks.
Watch the event here.
Read more about the Global Justice Clinic’s work on renditions here.