USA: The promise of real change. President Obama’s executive orders on detentions and interrogations
Forty-eight hours after taking office, President Obama signed three executive orders and a memorandum which hold out the promise that his administration will reject these unlawful policies. Amnesty International will campaign for this promise to be fully realized, and for the USA to adopt laws and policies truly consistent with its international obligations. The four presidential documents signed on 22 January 2009 are the starting point for this report outlining Amnesty International’s initial response to them.