31 Jan 2008

Tom Burke [spokesperson, National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera]: "The main legal issue is: the imprisonment, trials, and sentencing of Colombian revolutionaries in U.S. courts is a violation of the Colombian people's sovereignty. Ricardo Palmera is a political prisoner of the U.S. government. The U.S. has no right to put [read more]

30 Jan 2008

Elisabeth Borrel [widow of French judge Bernard Borrel, killed in Djibouti in 1995]: "At the beginning [of this matter] the two states [involved], France and Djibouti, and in particular their two presidents - Chirac and Guelleh - agreed to ask the International Court [of Justice] to intervene, because they wanted [read more]

30 Jan 2008

Bernard Nicholas [journaliste, auteur de deux documentaires d'enquête sur l'affaire Borrel]: "Cette audience [la semaine derriere] devant la C.I.J de La Haye est en effet un épisode important de cette affaire.La République de Djibouti appuie sa demande sur un accord de coopération judiciaire passé avec la France, dès 1977 année [read more]

27 Jan 2008

Miri Weingarten [Coordinator oPt Department,Physicians for Human Rights-Israel]: "PHR-Israel has been immersed in the crisis that has engulfed Gaza since the takeover by Hamas in June 2007, and the resultant closing by Israel of all crossing points to goods and persons. Patients who prior to June had the possibility of [read more]

27 Jan 2008

Neal A. Puckett [attorney for Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich; Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret)]: "The criminal justice system in America has certain checks and balances against overreaching by prosecutors when they bring felony charges. Some must simply file charges by information, which is then subject to a preliminary hearing before judge [read more]

26 Jan 2008

Angela C. Wu [Acting Executive Director;International Law Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty]: "The Netherlands, seeking to address concerns about security and cultural integration, is in the final stages of banning the burqa in schools and government offices, with a fine of up to 3,350 euros or 12 days [read more]

26 Jan 2008

Cara Horowitz [Staff Attorney,Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)]: "Care about the National Environmental Policy Act? Then read on. Early in January, in a case challenging naval mid-frequency sonar training exercises off the coast of southern California, environmentalists (including my organization, NRDC) won a major victory when a federal court issued [read more]

25 Jan 2008

Sharon Bradford Franklin [Senior Counsel, the Constitution Project]: "The State Secrets Protection Act (S. 2533), introduced this week by Senators Kennedy and Specter, would bring much needed reform to the state secrets privilege. The doctrine has been problematic since it was first recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1953 [read more]

25 Jan 2008

Amrit Singh [Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)]: ""Ours is a government of laws." "No one is above the law: not the executive, not the Congress, and not the judiciary." With these words, on September 15, 2004, a federal judge in New York ordered the CIA to produce or identify [read more]

25 Jan 2008

Charles Stimson [Senior Legal Fellow, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation]: "The Congress should provide appropriate retroactive liability protection for telecommunication companies alleged to have assisted the government since September 11th. Such protection or "immunity" is necessary for several reasons: it is fair to those companies who [read more]

25 Jan 2008

Elizabeth Jordan [Program Assistant, Human Rights Defenders Program of Human Rights First]: "Human Rights First does not consider the decrease in the number of political prisoners held in Cuba a reflection of a more favorable human rights environment on the island. In the spring of 2003, 75 men and women [read more]

24 Jan 2008

Paul Craig Roberts [former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; co-author (with Lawrence Stratton) of The Tyranny of Good Intentions]: "The George W. Bush administration responded to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon with an assault on US civil liberty that Bush and the DOJ justified [read more]

22 Jan 2008

Wendy E. Parmet [Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law]: "The spread of H5N1, a new, deadly strain of avian influenza, has raised fears of a potential human pandemic. While the virus is not now easily transmissible to humans, scientists fear it may mutate to become more highly contagious, [read more]

21 Jan 2008

Farzana Hassan [President, Muslim Canadian Congress] and Zeynep Baysal [Director, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "The recent victory of the newly elected Islamic party in secular Turkey has spawned a reversal to traditional Islamic precept and practice in the country. This contention is confirmed by the newly elected Turkish Prime Minister's move [read more]

21 Jan 2008

Alex Neve [Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada]: "Over the past week there has been reason to both commend and chastise Canada for the approach it takes to assessing where torture is likely to occur. In the midst of court action launched by Amnesty International Canada and the British Columbia Civil [read more]

21 Jan 2008

Faisal Naseem Chaudhry [advocate, Lahore High Court, Lahore, Pakistan]: "All was not well on the morning of December 27, yet it was not so unwell either. Elections were to take place on 8th of January. Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif and other politicians were on a move round-the-clock as part of [read more]

17 Jan 2008

Ranko Helebrant [Deputy Executive Director, Croation Helsinki Committee for Human Rights]: "Damir Sireta (43), a citizen of Croatia, is waiting to be transferred to Serbia in the near future, according to the decision of extradition made by the Kingdom of Norway. Although both Croatia and Serbia asked for extradition, the [read more]

16 Jan 2008

Ross Ray QC [President, Law Council of Australia]: "David Hicks may have been released from prison on 29 December, but he is not a free man. Although it has not been alleged, let alone proven, that Hicks has committed any offence under Australian law, he is now subject to an [read more]

15 Jan 2008

Michael Simpson [Assistant General Counsel, National Education Association]: "In a major victory for students, parents, and public education, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held on January 7th that the Bush Administration's interpretation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) violates the federal Constitution. The court's [read more]

14 Jan 2008

Cristián Correa [Senior Associate, International Center for Transitional Justice]: "The whole debate about if waterboarding is torture or not seems artificial to me, because it is very clear that drowning detainees during interrogation is a way of intentionally inflicting severe physical suffering for the purpose of obtaining information or a [read more]

14 Jan 2008

Malcolm Nance [Director, SRSI - Special Readiness Services International]: "That the National Director of Intelligence, Mike McConnell would recently come out and opine that waterboarding "[W]hether it's torture by anybody else's definition … for me it would be torture" tells me that the heretofore positive view of torture may be [read more]

9 Jan 2008

Max Croes [Advocacy Associate, Sudan Divestment Task Force]: "On December 31, 2007, President Bush, with unanimous support from Congress, signed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act into law. The law is a landmark establishment of standards for policies of targeted divestment from Sudan. The operative provisions are fourfold.First, the law [read more]

8 Jan 2008

Santosh Giri [advocate/human rights lawyer, Supreme Court of Nepal]: "The abolition of Nepal's nearly 240-year-old monarchy and declaration of Nepal as a "federal, democratic, republican state" was made by an overwhelming majority in the interim parliament late last month. 270 members in the 329-member House of Representatives voted on December [read more]

7 Jan 2008

Chip Pitts [President, Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Lecturer, Stanford Law School]: "The recent transfer home from Guantanamo of ten more Saudi prisoners (and reports from Qatar News Agency that more of the final 13 Saudis may soon follow) suggests that the prison is one step closer to being closed [read more]

3 Jan 2008

Basil Fernando [Executive Director, Asian Legal Resource Centre]: "This note confines itself to the legal implications of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, though in fact it will also be felt enormously politically and socially. It is important to note that the assassination has taken place shortly after the country's higher [read more]

2 Jan 2008

John Kamm [Executive Director, The Dui Hua Foundation] "The detention of Hu Jia on December 27, 2007 for "incitement to subversion" is the most important move against the small but increasingly defiant community of human rights defenders and dissidents in China in recent months. We do not know the specifics [read more]

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