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20 Jul 2013

D uring his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama began advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and holding civilian trials for detainees. Soon after his November 2008 election, reports revealed that Obama's advisers had already begun working on a legal strategy to try large numbers of Guantanamo … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a complaint [text, PDF] in the Surrey Provincial Court on behalf of four men against former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] on torture charges [press release]. Bush was in Surrey on Thursday to attend … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] urged the US and Iraq to investigate and prosecute those responsible [statement] for alleged human rights abuses in Iraq after thousands of previously classified documents detailing torture [JURIST news archive] by US and Iraqi forces were posted on WikiLeaks … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] denied a request [opinion, PDF] Monday for documents regarding the detention and treatment of prisoners being held at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan. Judge Barbara Jones granted summary judgment for the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Saturday for the Iraqi and US governments to launch an investigation [press release] and prosecute those responsible for alleged detainee abuse [JURIST news archive] after thousands of previously classified documents detailing torture by US and Iraqi forces were posted on WikiLeaks [website]. … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak [official website] called Saturday for the Obama administration to launch an inquiry into the role of the US in human rights violations allegedly committed in Iraq [JURIST news archive]. Nowak's comments follow the release of government information on WikiLeaks [website] that included … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday warned people and nations that practice torture [JURIST report] that they cannot escape the reach of justice [statement]. Commemorating the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Pillay noted that 45 UN member states have not … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] UN rights experts on Thursday called on the UN Human Rights Council [official website] to investigate findings from a report [text, PDF; JURIST report] released earlier this year detailing the secret imprisonment of terrorism [JURIST news archives] suspects by 66 countries including the US, Ethiopia, Romania, and Pakistan. UN … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin [official website] on Tuesday urged the Obama administration to hold civilian trials for accused 9/11 conspirators, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [JURIST news archives]. Scheinin called [Reuters report] the military commissions [JURIST news archive] system "fatally flawed" and said that … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2009
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Zimbabwe deported UN special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday, citing concerns over a meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) [official website] leaders in the capital city of Harare. Nowak was detained Wednesday evening and placed on a flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] conducted overseas interrogations that included sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation, and physical abuse, according to documents [ACLU materials; page 2] made available earlier this week. The letters and memoranda, originally sent to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel [official … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Three UN human rights experts on Thursday called on Iran's Revolutionary Court to reject confessions obtained through torture [press release] of protesters of the country's disputed presidential election [JURIST news archive]. A joint statement from Special Rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak, Vice-Chairperson of the Working Group on arbitrary detention … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US government has turned down requests from two separate UN investigators to visit the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], the Washington Post reported [text] Thursday. UN special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak and UN special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin [official websites] … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Former US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel [official website] lawyer John Yoo [academic profile; JURIST news archive] Monday declared his intent to appeal a lower court ruling [JURIST report] allowing a lawsuit against him alleging complicity in torture to proceed. Yoo is appealing a June decision by … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] said [press release] Thursday that the US detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archives] are "high-profile symbols" of a trend toward finding ways to circumvent the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) [text]. In order to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] on Monday released redacted documents that describe the alleged torture and abuse of Guantanamo Bay detainees in CIA custody, transcribed from Combatant Status Review Tribunal [JURIST news archives] hearings. The documents, released pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] lawsuit … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] ruled Friday that a torture lawsuit against former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo [academic profile; JURIST news archive] can proceed. Judge Jeffrey White refused to dismiss [San Francisco Chronicle report] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Several senior officials working in the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] in the Bush administration sought to limit uses of so-called enhanced interrogation tactics [JURIST news archive] but broadly agreed on the legality of the tactics, according to internal DOJ emails [texts] made public by the New … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] A coalition of progressive organizations Monday filed disciplinary complaints with five state bar associations seeking the disbarment [materials] of 12 former US government officials associated with the legal rationales behind the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques [JURIST news archive]. Complaints filed by the Velvet Revolution [advocacy website] … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] urged the US [NYT op-ed] Wednesday to hold accountable those accused of committing torture under the Bush administration. Pillay welcomed the US as a new member of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] and lauded decisions by … [read more]

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