Human Rights: Additional Guidance, Monitoring, and Training Could Improve Implementation of the Leahy Laws

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of State (State) and the Department of Defense (DOD) provide guidance to address the Leahy laws, but State's guidance for implementing one requirement of the State Leahy law is unclear. State has used a variety of mechanisms to provide guidance to address the Leahy laws, including guidance to address six of seven new procedural requirements added to the State Leahy law in December 2011. State officials anticipate issuing guidance to address the seventh requirement by October 2013. DOD has provided guidance to address the ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. September 25, 2013.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of State (State) and the Department of Defense (DOD) provide guidance to address the Leahy laws, but State's guidance for implementing one requirement of the State Leahy law is unclear. State has used a variety of mechanisms to provide guidance to address the Leahy laws, including guidance to address six of seven new procedural requirements added to the State Leahy law in December 2011. State officials anticipate issuing guidance to address the seventh requirement by October 2013. DOD has provided guidance to address the DOD Leahy law through a 2004 Joint Staff message, and DOD officials said DOD personnel also follow State guidance. While State has provided guidance to embassies to address the duty-to-inform requirement of the State Leahy law, officials at six of the eight embassies GAO visited said that they would like additional guidance that clarifies how to implement the requirement. The duty-to-inform requirement directs State to inform the foreign government if funds are withheld under the law and, to the maximum extent practicable, assist the foreign government in bringing those responsible to justice. With clarifying guidance, embassies will be better able to implement this requirement in accordance with the law, potentially increasing the effectiveness of the law as a tool for promoting human rights."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Human Rights: Additional Guidance, Monitoring, and Training Could Improve Implementation of the Leahy Laws, report, September 25, 2013; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296576/: accessed November 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.