29 Oct 2007

Farzana Hassan [President, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) has welcomed the Conservative Government's decision to introduce Bill C-6 to ban veiled voting. The organization considers this an essential and appropriate move to protect the integrity of Canada 's electoral process. All voters, including veiled Muslim women will [read more]

29 Oct 2007

Giovanni Di Stefano [lawyer for Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali", Studio Legale Internazionale, Rome] disputes recent comments by Iraqi prosecutor Munqith al-Faroon suggesting that the Iraqi High Tribunal has overriding authority to execute al-Majid and others for war crimes regardless of any objection from Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. [read more]

29 Oct 2007

H. Harry Roque Jr. [Professor, University of the Philippines College of Law; Director, Institute of International Legal Studies at the U.P. Law Center]: "Due to the inherent problems in defining terrorism, crimes ordinarily punished by the penal laws are now sought to be punished under the PHSA with a corresponding [read more]

27 Oct 2007

Katerina I. Kappos [Trial Watch Coordinator, TRIAL]: "On 18 October 2007, a second arrest warrant concerning the situation in DRC was publicly announced and unsealed by the ICC. A day earlier, Katanga was surrendered by the Congolese authorities and transferred to the ICC. The warrant of arrest lists six war [read more]

27 Oct 2007

Andrew Wilson [attorney for Abdallah Higazy in Higazy v. Millennium Hotel et al.] "Mr. Higazy's case is based on his claim that FBI Agent Templeton coerced his confession which was later used against him in a bail proceeding in violation of the Fifth Amendment. Higazy was arrested on the suspicion [read more]

24 Oct 2007

Gary Solis [Adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law Center and former Marine Corps judge advocate and military judge]: "[During his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing last Thursday,] Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey could not or would not say if he considers waterboarding torture. "If it is torture, it is unconstitutional," he responded [read more]

23 Oct 2007

Jennifer Levi [Senior Staff Attorney, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)]: "When Representative Sanchez voted against advancing out of committee the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) she made the understatement, "We could have done better." If passed, the bill advanced by the committee would create law that prohibits discrimination in [read more]

23 Oct 2007

Giovanni Di Stefano [lawyer for Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali", Studio Legale Internazionale, Rome] provides exclusive video commentary for JURIST on the case against his client Ali Hassan al-Majid, Saddam Hussein's cousin and a former military commander and governor of northern Iraq. He argues that al-Majid has a legitimate [read more]

19 Oct 2007

Giovanni Di Stefano [lawyer for Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali", Studio Legale Internazionale, Rome] provides exclusive video commentary for JURIST on the current circumstances of his client Ali Hassan al-Majid and the implications of al-Majid's planned execution: [read more]

19 Oct 2007

Gabor Rona [International Legal Director, Human Rights First]: "I previously commented on JURIST about the flaws in the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review's recent decision to reinstate the Guantanamo Military Commission proceedings against Omar Khadr, who is charged with murder of an American soldier, attempted murder, providing material support [read more]

18 Oct 2007

Gary Mayerson [Director of the Autism Speaks Federal Legal Appeals Project (FLAP), a national pro bono initiative]: "While the 4-4 decision of the Supreme Court in Tom. F. creates no precedent except to continue the Second Circuit's underlying decision, it was clear from the arguments that one faction of the [read more]

18 Oct 2007

Howard M. Friedman [Distinguished University Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Toledo College of Law]: "In a world full of bad news, we can sometimes find optimism in strange places. Maryland federal district Judge John Bennett's careful ruling in a lawsuit against the unsavory members of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church [read more]

17 Oct 2007

Jessica Montell [Executive Director, B'Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories]: "Much of Professor Dugard's report simply reiterates what B'Tselem has documented extensively over the past several years: in many spheres the human rights situation for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories has deteriorated. This is [read more]

17 Oct 2007

Anne Weismann [Chief Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, CREW]: "The White House's recent refusal to provide assurances that it is preserving back-up copies of the millions of missing emails is clearly part of a larger, more concerted effort to hide information from the public. Other examples include [read more]

17 Oct 2007

Dennis Edney [Canadian defence counsel for Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr]: "You may not be aware that Omar Khadr has, verbally and in writing, asserted his right to be represented by his Canadian counsel and not to be represented by any U.S. military counsel. The Military Commission rules provide for [read more]

16 Oct 2007

Giovanni Di Stefano [lawyer for Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali", Studio Legale Internazionale, Rome]: "Any execution of Mr Al Majid et al after the expiry of the 'within 30 days of final judgement (Sept.4) will be deemed an act of premeditated murder. Representations have been made to the US [read more]

14 Oct 2007

Jameel Jaffer [Director of the ACLU's National Security Project and author, with Amrit Singh, of Administration of Torture]: "Recent media reports reveal that the Justice Department issued two legal memoranda in 2005 that authorized the CIA to use a slew of inhumane interrogation methods, including "head slapping," "waterboarding," and extreme [read more]

13 Oct 2007

Giovanni di Stefano [lawyer for Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali", Studio Legale Internazionale, Rome] provides exclusive video for JURIST from his current trip to Baghdad, including military protection on the bus from Baghdad International Airport to Baghdad Immigration Control, his trip by armoured vehicle to Camp Cropper to consult [read more]

12 Oct 2007

Brigid Leahy [Vice President of Public Action, Illinois Planned Parenthood Council]: "We are pleased with the outcome of the settlement in Menges, et al v. Blagojevich. Our concern has always been for the woman who needs her prescription for contraception filled. The settlement ensures that women in Illinois will continue [read more]

12 Oct 2007

Giovanni Di Stefano [lawyer for Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali", Studio Legale Internazionale, Rome]: "I have been asked on countless occasions by students at universities, fellow lawyers, colleagues, journalists my simple view on the current situation in Iraq.It is without doubt the consequences of all that is occurring in [read more]

12 Oct 2007

Aziz Huq [Director, Liberty and National Security Project at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law]: "This Monday, the Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari review filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in the case of Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen who had been [read more]

11 Oct 2007

Larry Frankel [Legislative Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania]: "[A new] ABA study [has] found that Pennsylvania fails to comply with over 93% of the ABA's 92 recommendations designed to improve the fairness and accuracy of the death penalty. The ABA recommends some very specific changes to the laws in Pennsylvania to [read more]

11 Oct 2007

Neil Hicks [Director, Human Rights Defenders Program, Human Rights First]: "The brief detention of five foreign human rights activists who were attending a planned international meeting commemorating the work of Anna Politkovskaya in the provincial city of Nizhny Novgorod on October 6, 2007 should be seen as an escalation in [read more]

9 Oct 2007

Aram Suren Hamparian [Executive Director,Armenian National Committee of America]: "The adoption of the Armenian genocide resolution would represent a meaningful step toward reclaiming our right - as Americans - to speak openly and honestly about the first genocide of the 20th Century, free from the gag-rule that Turkey has, for [read more]

8 Oct 2007

Giovanni Di Stefano [lawyer for Ali Hassan al-Majid, Studio Legale Internazionale, Rome]: "The situation in Iraq is complicated and difficult. Death is common and murder ripe. I am of the view that in the investigation of any criminal matter in Iraq at the moment cannot be investigated by applying the [read more]

7 Oct 2007

Giovanni Di Stefano [lawyer for Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali", Studio Legale Internazionale, Rome]: "The 'delay' on the execution of Al majid et al is de facto a stay. As I had stated in my parere pro veritate, the Iraqi Government are precluded by religious law to execute anyone [read more]

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