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Topic - Sara Darehshori
An international organization dedicated to exposing human rights abuses across the globe has turned its attention to the nation's capital, accusing the D.C. police department in a blistering report issued Thursday of failing to investigate cases of rape and sexual assault and urging an outside oversight of the department's handling of those cases.
At least 170 reported sexual assaults — and possibly more — went uninvestigated by the D.C. police department between 2008 and 2011, according to a long-awaited report from a human rights group.
"The most important issue has always been and remains ensuring that reforms to improve the experience for victims and their chances for justice are meaningful, and that requires external oversight," said Sara Darehshori, an author of the report.
"Human Rights Watch has worked on law enforcement issues in the United States for over a decade and we've never received a response as hostile and defensive as this one," said the study's author, Sara Darehshori. "The tone was surprising. Of course we get that kind of response all the time from dictators overseas when we do our international human rights abuse reporting but this was not really what I expected."