30 Jun 2008

Maureen Aung-Thwin [director, Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative of the Open Society Institute]: "The UNHRC is wise to keep up public pressure on the Burmese military regime for its continued abuse of human rights. The generals probably thought they could take a breather when the outgoing Special Rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [read more]

29 Jun 2008

Paul Helmke [President, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence]: "Over the years, I have seen the gun lobby effectively thwart efforts to pass many sensible gun laws by arguing that even modest gun control would lead down the path to a complete ban on gun ownership. It is the [read more]

23 Jun 2008

Howard Learner [Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center]: "On the transportation front, the Clean Air Act balances federal and state interests by making clear a binary approach: states are empowered to adopt California's emission standards, if a waiver is approved by the U.S. EPA following reasonable consideration, or default [read more]

22 Jun 2008

Beth Van Schaack [member, The American Society of International Law; Associate Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law]: "The central question facing the Supreme Court in Boumediene was: to what extent does the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus extend to foreign nationals detained within the unique [read more]

20 Jun 2008

Anne Weismann [Chief Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington] "In CREW v. Office of Administration, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued an opinion on June 16, 2008, dismissing CREW's complaint on the ground that the Office of Administration (OA), a component of the Executive Office of the [read more]

18 Jun 2008

Bryan McCann [member, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Austin, TX Chapter]: "When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Baze v. Rees [opinion, PDF; JURIST news archive] case that Kentucky's lethal injection protocol did not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, death penalty opponents everywhere braced for the resumption of [read more]

17 Jun 2008

Katherine Southwick [Bernstein Fellow, Refugees International]: "Refugees International (RI) is gravely concerned about actions taken by the Government of Egypt to deport as many as 1,200 asylum-seekers to Eritrea. Since last week, the Egyptian Government has reportedly scheduled several flights to Eritrea, taking the refugees back to the country they [read more]

14 Jun 2008

Shayana Kadidal [Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights]: "It was in February of 2002 that the Center for Constitutional Rights and our co-counsel brought the first habeas case in federal court on behalf of detainees held at Guantánamo. Yesterday, June 12, 2008, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the part [read more]

13 Jun 2008

Judith Sunderland [Researcher, Europe and Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch]: "On June 11, 2008, the UK House of Commons narrowly approved a measure giving the government the power to detain terrorism suspects for up to six weeks (42 days) without charge. Such lengthy pre-charge detention is manifestly incompatible with [read more]

13 Jun 2008

Richard C. Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "The Supreme Court's decision in Baze v. Rees on April 16, 2008, approving Kentucky's lethal injection process [Hotline archive] opened the door to a resumption of executions. Since the decision, six executions have taken place, all in the south and all [read more]

11 Jun 2008

Joseph Price [co-council, Miller-Jenkins v. Miller-Jenkins]: "The four-year long Miller-Jenkins custody case is the first case to test whether a state like Virginia that has passed laws (and amended its constitution) to make clear that it will not recognize same-sex legal unions from other jurisdictions, will nevertheless enforce court orders, [read more]

9 Jun 2008

Sahr MuhammedAlly [Senior Associate, Law and Security Program, Human Rights First]: "An arraignment of a defendant facing the death penalty should be done in accordance with the highest standards of due process, yet the arraignment on June 5th of the five September 11 defendants at Guantanamo Bay was purely political. [read more]

5 Jun 2008

Kim Soo A [Nepal desk, Asian Human Rights Commission]: "First of all, I congratulate the people of Nepal on its transition into a Secular, Federal Democratic Republic. The declaration made on 28 May 2008 by the Constituent Assembly of Nepal is a remarkable milestone in Nepal's history and is the [read more]

4 Jun 2008

Sahr MuhammedAlly [Senior Associate, Law and Security Program, Human Rights First]: "Mohammed Jawad, who has been in Guantánamo for five years since he was 16 or 17 years old, was subjected to the "frequent flyer program" in May 2004. According to defense lawyer Air Force Major Dave Frakt, based on [read more]

2 Jun 2008

Myrna Perez [Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice]: "In what is arguably the most important voting rights case this year, a three-judge federal court in Washington, D.C. upheld a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that prevents states and local governments from enacting discriminatory voting practices. The provision [read more]

2 Jun 2008

Bonnie Docherty [Researcher, Human Rights Watch]: "The pound of a gavel Friday ushered in a new era of international humanitarian law (IHL) and marked the beginning of the end for a weapon that has caused tens of thousands of civilian casualties over the past 40 years. Without a single objection, [read more]

1 Jun 2008

Hakan Gecim [Kaos GL]: "The organization I am working for, Kaos GL, based in Ankara, Turkey, faced a demand for closure from Ankara's deputy governor, Selahattin Ekmenoglu, in 2005. The closure petition was dismissed by prosecutors. Homosexuality has never been a crime in Turkey, and some clubs, cinemas and LGBTT [read more]

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