Human Rights Priorities: Assessing the Biden Administration’s First 100 Days

  • Require a human rights risk assessment of all currently-planned arms transfers. The State Department should conduct an assessment of the risks that the equipment could contribute to human rights abuses and violations of International Humanitarian Law.
  • Strengthen end-use monitoring to include human rights, corruption, and civilian harm. President Biden should make clear that using U.S.-origin arms for human rights abuses is a violation under the Arms Export Control Act. The State Department should develop end-use monitoring programs that track the actual use of U.S.-origin items, including through enhancement of the Blue Lantern, Golden Sentry and other programs.
  • Torture Trade. Amnesty has recently issued a report on the trade in law enforcement equipment (including tear gas and restraints) and we are advocating for global regulations to close loopholes that permit misuse.
  • The Justice Department will issue a ruling to stop the proliferation of “ghost guns” that can be manufactured from parts and are untraceable.
  • The Justice Department will issue a rule to clarify that devices like stabilizing braces that turn pistols into short-barrel rifles be subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.
  • The Justice Department will publish model “red flag” legislation for states allowing family members or law enforcement to petition for a court order temporarily barring people in crisis from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others.
  • The Administration is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions by: proposing a $5 billion investment over eight years to support community violence intervention programs; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is organizing a webinar and toolkit to educate states on how they can use Medicaid to reimburse certain community violence intervention programs, like Hospital-Based Violence Interventions; and five federal agencies are making changes to 26 different programs to direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as quickly as possible.
  • The Justice Department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking.
  • The President will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Chipman served at ATF for 25 years and now works to advance common sense gun safety laws.

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