28 Feb 2008

Sebastian Elgueta [researcher, Central America Team, Amnesty International]: "Amnesty International was deeply disappointed at the passage of Decree 06-2008 by the Congress of Guatemala which effectively aims to restart executions of those condemned to death. The Decree establishes the procedure by which the President can grant a pardon to a [read more]

27 Feb 2008

Neil Hicks [International Policy Advisor, Human Rights First]: "Detaining political opponents is a control mechanism long favored by the Egyptian government. The continuing incarceration of Ayman Nour, apparently for having the temerity to challenge Hosni Mubarak in the 2005 presidential election is a case in point. Rounding up supporters of [read more]

25 Feb 2008

Khalid Sekander [former legal advisor to USAID]: "An Afghan university journalism student was recently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death by an Afghan trial court for expressing the idea that polygamy may be an inappropriate practice under Islam. The sentence is on appeal, and, meanwhile a majority of the [read more]

21 Feb 2008

[law students, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law]: "As members of the academic community and as students of the University of Belgrade School of Law we are deeply distressed by the Kosovo events. As you know, the Parliament of the Serbian Province of Kosovo run by UN Mission has illegally [read more]

19 Feb 2008

Maureen Aung-Thwin [Director, Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative of the Open Society Institute]: "The sudden announcement by the Burmese military regime that it would soon hold a national referendum, to be followed by elections in two years, is not a total surprise. The referendum scheduled for May is on a yet-to-be-written [read more]

19 Feb 2008

Ali Khan [Washburn University School of Law]: "Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf deserves credit for holding fair elections for the national and provincial parliaments. The opposition parties have won and the President's Party has lost in a big way. It is now time for the President to leave office with honor [read more]

18 Feb 2008

Morten Messerschmidt [MP, Danish People's Party]: "Since the terrorist attack against the United States in 2001 all Western countries have reinforced their legal armoury in the fight against Islamic terror. In Denmark this amongst other measures led to a strengthening of our immigration laws in 2002, especially regarding the administrative [read more]

15 Feb 2008

Awzar Thi [member, Asian Human Rights Commission]: "The news that Burma's government will hold a constitutional plebiscite this May, followed by general elections in 2010, has captured interest and caused some confusion abroad. That the army is intent upon cementing its power in any future government there is beyond question. [read more]

13 Feb 2008

Judith Sutherland [researcher, Human Rights Watch Europe and Central Asia Division]: "On February 7, 2008, the French parliament enacted a law allowing for the continued detention of offenders who have already completed their prison sentences, purportedly to prevent them re-offending. The law empowers a commission of three judges to impose [read more]

12 Feb 2008

Daryl Kimball [Executive Director, Arms Control Association]: "Defense Minister Ivanov's address at the Berlin security conference reflects Russia's frustration with the current US-Russian impasse on key strategic weapons issues and the Bush administration's resistance to certain bilateral strategic arms agreements. Ivanov's comments do not really break any new ground. Rather, [read more]

11 Feb 2008

Thomas Nash [coordinator, Cluster Munition Coalition]: "By the end of 2008 a new rule will be enshrined in an international legally binding treaty prohibiting the use of cluster munitions. This prohibition is the only way to prevent further humanitarian and developmental harm from cluster munitions and more and more international [read more]

7 Feb 2008

Katherine Triantafillou [founding member of Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Bar Association and current Vice-President of MassEquality]: "Too bad the news piece on Parker v. Hurley misstated the holding of the case, but perhaps we shouldn't be surprised as those of us from Massachusetts are used to being misunderstood and denigrated [read more]

6 Feb 2008

Anne Heindel [legal advisor, Documentation Center of Cambodia]: "The provisional release hearing of "Brother Number Two," Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea, was cut short on Monday in response to a request by his Cambodian attorney. Son Arun argued that the proceedings must be adjourned due to the unavailability of his [read more]

6 Feb 2008

Michele Granda [staff attorney, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)]:"The New York State appeals court decision to recognize the valid legal marriage of Patricia Martinez and Lisa Ann Golden contrasts starkly with a recent decision of Rhode Island's Supreme Court on the same issue. Our Nation has faced marriage [read more]

3 Feb 2008

Max Jeganathan [spokesperson, Civil Liberties Australia]: "Civil Liberties Australia unequivocally and unconditionally rejects Mr Keelty's call for media restrictions on coverage relating to all and any operations by the Australian Federal Police Force. Clearly, the arms of law enforcement and the judicial process need to operate freely and impartially without [read more]

2 Feb 2008

Rachel Alexander [editor, Intellectual Conservativism]: "As Scott J. Bloch, head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, continues to complain that the Department of Justice's investigation is delaying his investigation of the nine U.S. attorney firings, the question arises, why are two investigations needed? Although there is concern that the [read more]

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