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U.S. Government Undermines Abu Ghraib Torture Victims' Right to Remedy

Once again, the Obama administration shirked its legal and moral responsibility to ensure torture victims are provided an enforceable remedy when it advised the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear a case brought by Iraqi detainees tortured by private military contractors at Abu Ghraib…In September 2009, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the civil case on the ground that contractors involved in combat activities on a battlefield should be protected from lawsuits…[T]he U.S. government submitted a brief telling the Supreme Court it should deny cert and leave the appellate court's dismissal intact. [T]he government's brief makes no mention of its obligations to provide torture victims an enforceable remedy under the ICCPR and CAT…[Refers to CACI, Titan (now L-3 Titan)]

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