31 Mar 2008

Aung Din [Executive Director, U.S. Campaign for Burma]: "All the points mentioned in the resolution are truly strong and necessary. However, this resolution can not be called "strong" as it does not have binding power and enforcement mechanism. There were more than a dozen resolutions adopted by the then UN [read more]

31 Mar 2008

Asim Qureshi [Senior Researcher, Cageprisoners]: "Two weeks after the 11th September 2001 attacks, Nihad Karsic and Almin Hardaus were kidnapped off the streets of Bosnia and flown in helicopters to a US base where they were held in a shipping container in conditions which would later perfectly resonate with those [read more]

31 Mar 2008

Terry Gorman [Executive Director, Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement]: "At a press conference on March 27,2008, Rhode Island Governor Carcieri issued an Executive Order to control rapidly escalating cost of illegal immigration in Rhode Island.The Order requires the Executive Branch to register and use E-verify for all new hires, [read more]

29 Mar 2008

Ali Khan [Washburn University School of Law]: "The film "Fitna" is an assault on the religion of Islam. It wounds deeply-held spiritual feelings of millions of Muslims around the world. It is a call for hatred and discrimination against Muslims in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Made by a [read more]

27 Mar 2008

Baseer Naveed [senior researcher, Asian Human Rights Commission]: "The election of Mr. Mohammad Yousaf Raza Gillani as prime minister of Pakistan is itself a threat of the old regime of President General (retired) Musharraf and even his very existence. Mr. Gillani was loyal to Ms. Benazir Bhutto, the lifetime chairperson [read more]

26 Mar 2008

Mark Warren [legal researcher, Human Rights Research]: "Along with charting the boundaries of the President's foreign relations powers, the Medellin decision confirms the steady drift of the Roberts Court towards a major revision of the canons of treaty construction. The Court now claims that its many prior decisions upholding individual [read more]

25 Mar 2008

Sharon Bradford Franklin [senior counsel, Constitution Project; amicus in the US Supreme Court in support of habeas petitioners Mohammed Munaf and Shawqi Omar]: "The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in Munaf v. Geren and Geren v. Omar, in which two American citizens being detained by U.S. authorities in Iraq [read more]

24 Mar 2008

Theary Seng [Executive Director, The Center for Social Development]: "A criminal proceeding in any environment - be it in a developed state or here in developing Cambodia - is a serious matter because an individual's liberty and rights are at stake. Before any rights or freedom of a person is [read more]

22 Mar 2008

Alan Gura [attorney, Gura & Possessky, PLLC, lead counsel for plaintiffs in Parker v. District of Columbia, on appeal as District of Columbia v. Heller]: "As advocates, our role is to respond to the actual questions posed by the Justices, in a direct and honest manner, which would hopefully make [read more]

21 Mar 2008

Joe Stork [Program Director, Middle East & North Africa, Human Rights Watch]: "The conflict between Israel and Hamas-led forces in the Gaza Strip has taken a terrible toll among civilians. Palestinian rocket attacks that in late February killed one Israeli civilian and wounded others violated the international humanitarian law prohibition [read more]

19 Mar 2008

John Lott [author of Freedomnomics; senior research scientist, University of Maryland]: "Strangely, oral arguments about DC's gun ban turned on discussions of gun locks as much as anything else. Machine guns might have seemed to be a flashier topic, but gun locks were mentioned more frequently, being raised 31 times [read more]

19 Mar 2008

Aisling Reidy [Senior Legal Advisor, Human Rights Watch]: "On March 13, the defense for Omar Khadr had some fairly basic objectives - to get the government to disclose evidence, such as notes relating to the interrogation of their client when he was 15 years old, so that they could prepare [read more]

19 Mar 2008

Samuel Abiodun Adebowale [coordinator, Concerned Nigerians Worldwide, Spain chapter; journalist, African News in Switzerland]: "In Chicago (USA), a U.S. District Court admitted a claim to investigate the responsibility of a former Nigerian head of state, Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami, for gross violation of human rights in Nigeria between November 1993 and [read more]

18 Mar 2008

Kevin Lanigan [Law and Security Program Director, Human Rights First]: "Last week I observed three military commissions hearings in Guantánamo: the arraignments of Afghani national Mohammed Jawad and Saudi national Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi, and a discovery motions hearing in the case of Canadian national Omar Ahmed Khadr. [read more]

17 Mar 2008

Moazzam Begg [former Guantanamo detainee and spokesman for Cageprisoners]: "In January this year, a training document produced by the Canadian foreign ministry, which referred to Guantanamo Bay, listed the United States as a country known to practice torture. Despite this assertion, the only Westerner remaining in the world's most infamous [read more]

17 Mar 2008

Bob Edgar [President, Common Cause]: "The creation of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) has sweeping implications for the House of Representatives and its members. Though the process of rooting out corruption among members of the House has changed over the years, this is the first time that private [read more]

13 Mar 2008

Sahr MuhammedAlly [Senior Associate, Human Rights First]: "On March 12, 2008, Mohammed Jawad [Human Rights backgrounder], a twenty-three year old Afghan prisoner, announced to the military commission judge that he has "been brought here illegally." Jawad is accused of attempted murder for allegedly throwing a grenade at a military vehicle, [read more]

6 Mar 2008

Awzar Thi [member, Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong]: "Human rights advocates, lawyers and journalists are often concerned with how special laws are used to suppress dissent and deny basic freedoms in countries around the world. Internal security acts and emergency decrees attract widespread interest and strong critiques. How ordinary [read more]

3 Mar 2008

Juan Enrique Vargas [Executive Director, Justice Studies Center of the Americas (CEJA/JSCA)]: "Everything indicates that Mexico will soon implement a profound criminal justice reform that would share a great deal of the main characteristics of the reforms that have been introduced in almost every country in Latin America since the [read more]

1 Mar 2008

Howard A. Learner [counsel for the Environmental Amici, Environmental Law & Policy Center]: "Sixteen environmental and Alaskan conservation organizations, represented by public interest attorneys from the Environmental Law & Policy Center, filed an amicus curiae brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Exxon (Valdez) Shipping case focused on the [read more]

1 Mar 2008

Joe Stork [Program Director, Middle East & North Africa, Human Rights Watch]: "New arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members have brought the total number arrested in the first two months of 2008 to more than 600. Egyptian officials say the grounds for arrest consist of membership in an illegal organization. The [read more]

1 Mar 2008

Ana Aguilar García [resident fellow in Mexico, Open Society Justice Initiative]: "The judicial reform foresees two sets of important provisions. One related with the elimination of the inquisitorial system, setting forth the adversarial system for the criminal proceedings, and the other the one that establishes special rules against organized crime.A [read more]

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