The IMPACS RE­PORT: What’s The Leahy Law?

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The Leahy Law or Leahy amend­ment is a U.S. hu­man rights law that pro­hibits the U.S. Depart­ment of State and Depart­ment of De­fense from pro­vid­ing mil­i­tary as­sis­tance to for­eign mil­i­tary units that vi­o­late hu­man rights with im­punity.

[1] It is named af­ter its prin­ci­pal spon­sor, Se­na­tor Pa­trick Leahy of Ver­mont.

[2] To im­ple­ment this law, U.S. em­bassies and the Bureau of Democ­racy, Hu­man Rights and La­bor and the ap­pro­pri­ate re­gional bureau of the U.S. Depart­ment of State vet po­ten­tial re­cip­i­ents of se­cu­rity as­sis­tance.

[3] If a unit is found to have been cred­i­bly im­pli­cated in a se­ri­ous abuse of hu­man rights, as­sis­tance is de­nied un­til the host na­tion gov­ern­ment takes ef­fec­tive steps to bring the re­spon­si­ble per­sons within the unit to jus­tice. While the U.S. Gov­ern­ment does not pub­licly re­port on for­eign armed force units it has cut off from re­ceiv­ing as­sis­tance, press re­ports have in­di­cated that se­cu­rity force units in Bangladesh, Bo­livia, Colom­bia, Gu­atemala, Mex­ico, Nige­ria, Turkey, In­done­sia and Pak­istan have been de­nied as­sis­tance due to the Leahy Law.

Pa­trick Leahy.

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