31 Jul 2008

Aaron Zisser [Human Rights Fellow, Human Rights First]: "The first week of the first trial at Guantánamo Bay did not seem, at first glance, particularly extraordinary. True, there were some obvious differences between civilian courts and the military commission [Human Rights First backgrounder] courtroom hosting the trial of Salim Hamdan, [read more]

30 Jul 2008

Frank Kendall [volunteer consultant, Human Rights First]: "From July 14 to July 18, I attended several pre-trial motions hearings in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for Salim Hamdan [HRF backgrounder], who is now in his second week of trial before a Military Commission there. I feel fortunate to have had this opportunity [read more]

30 Jul 2008

Farzana Hassan [President, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "The statistics are alarming. Eight women and one man have been sentenced to death over an adultery conviction in none other than, Ayatollah, mullah-ridden Iran. As if criminalizing adultery in the absence of a similar ruling on rape isn't enough of a mockery of [read more]

29 Jul 2008

OMB Watch "Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice asserted in federal court that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should be immune from lawsuits filed in response to the massive formaldehyde contamination that has plagued hurricane recovery housing. FEMA provided this housing to many survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The [read more]

28 Jul 2008

Daniel N. Arshack [Vice President, International Criminal Defense Attorney's Association]: "The FISA Amendments Act passed by the House (H.R. 6304) allows the mass acquisition of U.S. citizens' and residents' international communications. Although the Act prohibits the government from intentionally "targeting" people inside the U.S., it places virtually no restrictions on [read more]

25 Jul 2008

Richard C. Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "There is no question that treaties that have been signed and ratifed by the U.S. government are the "law of the land" and can be binding on states with the same force as federal law. The U.S. is bound by the [read more]

25 Jul 2008

Bryan McCann [Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Austin, TX Chapter]: "Two years ago, a fellow anti-death penalty activist and I participated in a public debate on the University of Texas campus with the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). No one was surprised when the YCT's first plan of attack [read more]

21 Jul 2008

Nadav Greenberg [Yesh Din]: "Yesh Din's latest fact sheet [pdf] indicates a disturbing trend. Our findings show that a mere one out of ten cases of settler crimes against Palestinians results in an indictment. This is a troubling reminder of the continuing lack of attention Israel's law enforcement agencies devote [read more]

17 Jul 2008

Jeff McNelly [Executive Director, ARIPPA]: "For several years ARIPPA has been involved in an effort to educate EPA and Congressional leaders that the proposed CAIR regulations were flawed and unfair to our industry. This effort has involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours as well as professional staff and counsel [read more]

16 Jul 2008

Angela Wu [Acting Executive Director, International Law Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty]: "On June 27, the highest French administrative tribunal rejected a Muslim woman's application for citizenship. Reason: her religious practices and beliefs are not French enough. Faiza Mabchour has been living in France since 2000, she is [read more]

16 Jul 2008

Christina Hill [Acting Extractive Industries Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia]: "The news that the Human Rights Commission of the Philippines will investigate human rights abuses by Australian mining company OceanaGold, who is developing a gold and copper mine in Didipio is welcome. Didipio, which is located in the northern Philippines, is [read more]

16 Jul 2008

Thomas Hammarberg [Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe]: "I have been in close contact with the Italian authorities ever since I was informed of violent anti-Roma manifestations in Italy and of the Italian government's decision to adopt new legislative measures concerning, among others, stricter immigration control, Roma and Sinti.On [read more]

15 Jul 2008

Charles Stimson [Senior Legal Fellow, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation]: "One thing you don't hear a lot about is the practical side of telecom immunity. Think about all the government contractors contributing to our national security who are fearful that doing their duties could lead to [read more]

15 Jul 2008

Frank O'Donnell [President, Clean Air Watch]: "The Clean Air Interstate Rule was the foundation of the Bush administration's air pollution policy, and that foundation has now been blown to smithereens.Its demise will mean that tens of millions of Americans will be breathing dirty air for a longer time. Particularly reprehensible [read more]

11 Jul 2008

Ali Khan [Professor, Washburn University School of Law]: "The International Criminal Court (ICC) joins the crusade to defame Islam, demonize internal conflicts in Muslim nations, and prosecute Muslim leaders for crimes against humanity, rape, genocide, and other international crimes. The Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, holds evidence "on crimes committed in the [read more]

10 Jul 2008

Marc Rotenberg [President, Electronic Privacy Information Center]: "The Senate's vote reflected a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of FISA. The law was enacted to make clear the circumstances under whichtelephone companies could be required by the government to turn over customer records in foreign intelligence investigations. The law anticipated not [read more]

8 Jul 2008

Anna Baggio [Director, Conservation Land Use Planning, CPAWS Wildlands League]: "The fact that Ontario's antiquated mining legislation was cited as part of problem at the heart of Ardoch Algonquins case is significant. It reinforces, for me, the need for a massive overhaul of Ontario's Mining Act including the "free entry [read more]

8 Jul 2008

Gregg Cunningham [Director, Center For Bio-Ethical Reform]: "Why does it matter that hecklers be denied a veto over offensive speech? Social injustice will always flourish where it is ignored and trivialized. Oppressors are most ruthless when their abuses can be concealed. It is, therefore, the responsibility of social reformers to [read more]

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