DEPORTING THE EVIDENCE: MIGRANT WORKERS IN THE SOUTH EXPOSE HOW U.S. IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS VIOLATES THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS – AUG 2013

This report exposes the ways in which the United States is “deporting the evidence,” by arresting, detaining, and removing individuals engaged in defending themselves and their communities against serious violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). In some cases, the state uses immigration enforcement to retaliate against persons who expose governmental abuses of civil and political rights. In other cases, the state cooperates with private actors who use immigration enforcement to hide their own unlawful behavior. Not only do these actions by the United States directly violate the ICCPR, they also prevent human rights abuses from being exposed or verified because victims and witnesses are intimidated, locked away, or removed from the country.

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DEPORTING THE EVIDENCE: MIGRANT WORKERS IN THE SOUTH EXPOSE HOW U.S. IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS VIOLATES THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS – AUG 2013