No Safe Haven: Accountability for Human Rights Violators in the United States: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, November 14, 2007   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the opening statement of Richard J. Durbin: "First, an update on the activities of this Subcommittee. This is the first time in Senate history that there has been a Subcommittee focused on human rights and the law. This year, we held the first congressional hearings on the law of genocide and child soldiers. We have also held hearings on human trafficking and the impact of the so-called 'material support' bar on victims of serious human rights abuses coming to and staying in the United States. […] Today is another first. This is the first ever congressional hearing on the enforcement of human rights laws in the United States. The end of the last century was marked by horrific human rights abuses in places such as Bosnia and Rwanda. The early years of this century have seen ongoing atrocities committed in places like Darfur and Burma. While a growing number of perpetrators of human rights abuses have been held accountable, a much larger number of perpetrators have escaped accountability. Some of these human rights violators have fled to the United States. It is almost inconceivable that our Nation has become a safe haven for some of the most notorious war criminals. It is hard to believe that it has become a hideout for these hideous henchmen who have been involved in war crimes around the world." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Coburn, Richard J. Durbin, Patrick J. Leahy, Juan Romagoza Arce, Marcy M. Forman, Sigal P. Mandelker, Pamela Merchant, David Scheffer, Amnesty International USA, and Human Rights Watch.

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S. Hrg 110-548; Senate Hearing 110-548; Serial No. J-110-63; Serial Number J-110-63
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