30 Jun 2009

Bill Piper and Ethan Nadelmann [Director of National Affairs and Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance]: "US Attorney General Eric Holder's recent call for eliminating the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity and reforming mandatory minimum sentencing is a welcome development that reflects the growing momentum for sentencing reform on this issue.This momentum [read more]

29 Jun 2009

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam [Spokesperson, Iran Human Rights]: "More than two weeks have passed since Iranians came on the street protesting against what they believed was an election fraud. The protests were cracked down by the pro-regime security forces and Basidj militia. They opened fire on the peaceful demonstrators. We still don't [read more]

27 Jun 2009

Marc Mauer [Executive Director, The Sentencing Project]: "Attorney General Eric Holder's call this week for Congress to finally eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine "this year" was the most high-profile indication of the Administration's support for fundamental change in this shameful 23-year-old policy, and an indication [read more]

26 Jun 2009

Robert Applebaum [Founder & Executive Director of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com]: "The US Supreme Court has recently granted certiorari to United Student Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa, agreeing to consider whether student loans may be discharged in bankruptcy under the limited circumstances wherein the creditor fails to object to a discharge plan which includes [read more]

26 Jun 2009

Bahukutumbi Raman [former head of the Counter-Terrorism Division, Research and Analysis Wing (India's external intelligence agency)]: "Even before the Mumbai terrorist attack of November, 2008, India had been repeatedly demanding the arrest and handing over to India by Pakistan of 20 terrorism suspects - Indian as well as Pakistani nationals [read more]

23 Jun 2009

Jesse Stout [Board of Directors member, Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition]: "When the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Act became law in January 2006, seriously ill patients started calling the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC) to ask, "Where do I get my medicine?" There was no good answer: they could [read more]

21 Jun 2009

Awzar Thi [Member, Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong]: "At a meeting of lawyers in Hong Kong this April, Aitzaz Ahsan described how as counsel for the Chief Justice of Pakistan in the petition against his unconstitutional removal from office during 2007, neither the president nor any other senior official [read more]

19 Jun 2009

Christopher Boucek [Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace] "On Friday June 12 it was announced that three more Saudi detainees held at Guantanamo Bay had been repatriated back to the kingdom. With their arrival, 120 Saudi nationals have now been sent back to Saudi Arabia. (The bodies [read more]

18 Jun 2009

Dimitrios Ioannidis [President, Hellenic Bar Association and counsel to the Consulate General of Greece in Boston]: "On December 6, 2008, a member of the elite Greek police forces shot and killed 15 year old Alexis Grigoropoulos in the Exarchia section of Athens. Eyewitnesses to the incident described a group of [read more]

11 Jun 2009

Robert Amsterdam [counsel for Mikhail Khodorkovsky]: "This summer, a second trial is being carried out by the Russian government against Mikhail Khodorkovsky - once Russia's most successful oil executive and opposition financier. As may be expected, the good news continues to come from outside of Russia, where some rule-of-law courts [read more]

10 Jun 2009

Jim Arkedis [Director, National Security Project, Progressive Policy Institute]: "With the secretive conviction of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee this week to twelve years' hard labor in a North Korean camp, you might be surprised to learn that North Korea actually has a functioning judiciary system. Though the [read more]

8 Jun 2009

Mehmet Tohti [Former Vice President, World Uyghur Congress]: "Kory Teneycke, spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, told the Associated Free Press that "Canada is not looking to take any detainees from Guantánamo...In the case of the Uighurs and other Guantanamo Bay detainees Canada has no interest", in response to the [read more]

1 Jun 2009

Kevin Zeese [Executive Director, VotersForPeace.US, board member of VelvetRevolution.US]: "The images of torture and abuse of prisoners are vivid. They are an embarrassment to a nation that led the efforts for the Geneva Convention which made torture and other war crimes illegal. Now, the United States have sunk to the [read more]

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