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Improving Implementation of the Department of Defense Leahy Law

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Technical Report

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RAND National Defense Research Institute Santa Monica United States

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Protection of human rights is an essential American value. One way Congress has extended this value in foreign policy is through the Leahy laws named for their author, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.. These laws prohibit the U.S. government from providing assistance or training to members of a unit of any nations security forces that has perpetuated a gross violation of human rights with impunity. This report examines the process by which individuals and units are vetted in compliance with the Leahy law applicable to the U.S. Department of Defense DoD to help DoD improve its role in the existing system and to build further capacity to implement the law effectively, with transparency and accountability for results. The objectives were to understand the requirements and processes, to identify challenges and best practices, and to offer recommendations for improvement.

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  • Sociology and Law

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