31 May 2008

Patrick Kar-wai Poon [Executive Secretary, China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group]: "The lawyers who can't pass their annual registration will not be able to practise as lawyers at least in the coming year. Article 13 of the PRC Law on Lawyers stipulates, "a person who has not acquired a lawyer's [read more]

29 May 2008

Zubair Butt Hussai [spokesperson, Muslim Council of Denmark]: "It is with great regret and indignation that it has come to our knowledge that the Danish government now wishes to intervene in the Administration of Justice Act [in Danish]. The government has chosen to disregard all reasonable arguments and traditions of [read more]

28 May 2008

Courtney E. Jones [grassroots organizer, Virginia League for Planned Parenthood]: "Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia welcomes the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to strike down Virginia's burdensome ban on late-term abortions. The Court stated that the onerous 2003 law "imposes an undue burden on a woman's right to [read more]

28 May 2008

Bonnie Docherty [Researcher, Human Rights Watch]: "Negotiations for a new convention banning cluster munitions are coming to a close, and perhaps the biggest remaining obstacle to achieving a strong treaty is a country not even present, the United States. The United States has applied pressure to states around the world, [read more]

28 May 2008

Bill Van Esveld [Arthur Helton Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch]: "The Egyptian government has extended for two more years Law 162 of 1958 that authorizes prolonged detention without charge and severe limitations on freedom of assembly and expression. Egypt's state of emergency, first implemented in [read more]

23 May 2008

Joseph Logan [researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch]: "In the debate over the Bush administration's push to wrap up a status-of-forces agreement and strategic pact with Iraq, there's a concerned party you aren't hearing about: the more than 20,000 Iraqis in US military detention.The status-of-forces agreement [read more]

22 May 2008

Mike Dubrasich [Executive Director, Western Institute for Study of the Environment]: "After eight years of a planning exercise called the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (SNFPA) - one that involved thousands of people, hundreds of meetings, and tens of thousands of documents, studies, reviews, rehashes, monitoring, and re-monitoring - a [read more]

21 May 2008

Lee Stein [partner, Perkins Coie Brown & Bain] and Elizabeth Kruschek [associate, Perkins Coie Brown & Bain]: "Last week, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that two school voucher programs created by the Arizona Legislature in 2006 were unconstitutional. Those programs provided scholarships or grants of state money to the [read more]

19 May 2008

Farzana Hassan [president, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "For those who think the veil symbolizes the oppression of Muslim women - think again. In an American court in August of 2006, the veil instead became a symbol of clear defiance to legal protocol and authority. Ginnah Muhammad, who refused to remove her [read more]

19 May 2008

Greg Loarie [attorney, Earthjustice]: "At its core, Sierra Forest Legacy v. Rey (incorrectly titled CBD v. Rey) challenges the 2004 Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (also known as the "2004 Framework"), which establishes management direction for all 11 national forests in the Sierra Nevada. The 2004 Framework replaced the original [read more]

19 May 2008

Sahr MuhammedAlly [Senior Associate, Law and Security Program, Human Rights First]: "On March 12, 2008, Mohammed Jawad - an Afghan national who was 16 or 17 years old at the time of his arrest in Kabul in December 2002 - made his first public appearance to the world when he [read more]

19 May 2008

Kevin Lanigan [Director, Human Rights First, Law and Security Program]: "The U.S. military in Iraq is quickly moving toward its first court-martial of a civilian contractor since the Vietnam war. The case holds some promise of beginning to reign in a pervasive culture of contractor impunity, but nevertheless raises important [read more]

17 May 2008

Jeffery J. Ventrella [Senior Vice President of Strategic Training, Alliance Defense Fund]: "The California Supreme Court in an innocuously titled 4-3 split decision, In re Marriage Cases, sets forth an anything but innocuous ruling that imposes same-sex "marriage" despite a valid contrary expression by the citizens in the 2000 vote [read more]

17 May 2008

Ahilan Arulanantham [staff attorney, ACLU of Southern California]: "I need to start with two caveats. First, I am no expert in either international or comparative law, and I know almost nothing about the law of Belgium or France. Second, in the interest of full disclosure, I was lead counsel (along [read more]

17 May 2008

Mathew D. Staver [Founder of Liberty Counsel; Dean and Professor of Law, Liberty University School of Law]: "Yesterday's California Supreme Court decision represents a raw abuse of judicial authority. In 2000, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 22, defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The California [read more]

17 May 2008

Sahr MuhammedAlly [Senior Associate,Human Rights First, Law & Security Program]: "The recent events about a week-long hunger strike[JURIST report, AP] by hundreds of jailed men in Kandahar should be of concern to the international community. Their complaints are about unfair trials, indefinite detention, and lack of counsel.The Afghan criminal justice [read more]

16 May 2008

Stephen Behnke [Director of Ethics, American Psychological Association]: "The American Psychological Association commends the American Civil Liberties Union for its commitment to uncovering details surrounding the treatment of detainees at facilities run by the US government. APA shares the ACLU's resolve to ensure that human rights are protected in all [read more]

15 May 2008

Ashley Deeks [International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, and Visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies]: "Last week the Department of Defense confirmed that Abdullah Saleh Ali al Ajmi, a former Guantanamo detainee, was one of the people responsible for three suicide bombings in Mosul in April, which [read more]

14 May 2008

Amrit Singh [Staff attorney, ACLU]: "For almost four years now, the ACLU has been litigating under the Freedom of Information Act for the disclosure of government documents relating to the torture of prisoners held in U.S. custody abroad since September 11, 2001. The Bush administration, however, continues to fight tooth [read more]

14 May 2008

Lane Dilg [staff attorney, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief]: "In 2006, Ginnah Muhammad went to Michigan small claims court to recover $3000 from a rental-car company that she believed unfairly charged her for repairs. A state judge gave her a choice: remove the niqab she wore as [read more]

14 May 2008

Awzar Thi [member, Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong]: "May 10 was supposed to be a big day for Burma's military, the day that it legitimated itself through the ballot box. On that day, millions of eligible voters were supposed to come and freely express their approval of a constitution [read more]

13 May 2008

Khalid Sekander [former legal advisor to USAID]: "The U.S. Supreme Court said in 2006 that military commissions to try Guantanamo detainees were unconstitutional because they violated Common Article 3, Geneva Conventions, which states that detainees must be treated humanely and be afforded the same judicial guarantees "which are recognized as [read more]

13 May 2008

Stephen Page [partner, Harrington Family Lawyers]: "Australia, like the USA, has a two party system. On the left side of the fence is the Australian Labor Party and on the right the Liberal/National coalition. Australia is now at an historic point because for the first time in its history, with [read more]

12 May 2008

Rick Kirgis [Secretary, American Society of International Law]: "If the state of Texas goes ahead with the planned execution of José Ernesto Medellín without allowing him any judicial reconsideration of his murder conviction and his death sentence (to determine whether he was prejudiced by the Texas authorities' failure to notify [read more]

5 May 2008

Michael Siem [lawyer for Jack Alderman, Clifford Chance]: "In applying the US Supreme Court's holding in Baze v. Rees [last week], Judge Martin found the Georgia Lethal Injection Procedures constitutional despite the Procedures' failure to provide the safeguards required by the plurality opinion. Accordingly, Mr. Alderman intends to appeal. Specifically, [read more]

3 May 2008

Faisal Naseem Chaudhry [advocate, Lahore High Court; Lahore, Pakistan]: "The Dubai deliberations are over. In a Friday press conference, Mian Nawaz Sharif (MNS) announced that a Resolution restoring Pakistan's ousted judges shall be tabled before the National Assembly on May 12; shall be passed by a simple majority of the [read more]

2 May 2008

Deborah Colson [Senior Associate, Human Rights First]: " 'America tells the whole world that it has freedom and justice. I do not see that...You do not give us the least bit of humanity…Give me a just court…Try me with a just law.' Those were the words of Salim Ahmed Hamdan [read more]

2 May 2008

Aleksandar Momirov [Lecturer, Erasmus University of Rotterdam]: "If the recent acquittal of Ramush Haradinaj by the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) had all the characteristics of a judicial earthquake, then it is only fair to say that the subsequent Appeals Chamber's Judgment in [read more]

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