31 Aug 2009

John Wesley Hall, Jr. [Former President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers]: "This fiscal year, through August 11, 2009, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tells us that there were about 1,000 laptop computer searches, only 46 of which were in-depth. This out of 221 million border crossings. It simply [read more]

25 Aug 2009

George Joffé [Research Fellow, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge]: "Despite all the fulmination, protest and anger, the return of Abdelbasset al-Maghrahi to Libya draws a definite line under what has proved to be a very worrisome case — at least for the Scottish justice system. Mr. al-Maghrahi was [read more]

24 Aug 2009

Nema Milaninia [President, Iranian American Bar Association]: "The recent appointment of Ayatollah Sadegh Ardeshir Larijani as the new head of Iran's judiciary is unlikely to remedy the dire judicial and prison conditions prevailing in Iran and exacerbated by recent turmoil following the election. If anything, it is likely to frustrate [read more]

21 Aug 2009

Clare Algar [Executive Director, Reprieve]: "It is really extraordinary that the British government is relying on the Data Protection Act to avoid disclosing the identities of those in whose renditions it was complicit. Imagine, if you will, a kidnapper who admits to a kidnap but refuses to identify the victim [read more]

20 Aug 2009

Zainab Salbi [Founder and CEO, Women for Women International]: "Throughout Afghanistan's history, negotiations over women's status and rights in Afghan society have occurred largely in the context of political struggles to take power or to hold on to power. We can see from President Karzai's authorization and secretive implementation of [read more]

19 Aug 2009

Joshua Posaner [Editor, Atlantic Community]: "The recent case in Britain, in which the charity Reprieve is assisting Mohamed Saad Iqbal Madni in filing a lawsuit with the High Court, can only illustrate the fact that the British government is prepared to recognize its duty in giving this man a trial.We [read more]

17 Aug 2009

Farzana Hassan [Communications Director, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "Afghan president Hamid Karzai has obviously capitulated to the conservative Shia clergy in signing the contentious Shia Law of Personal Status that severely curtails the rights of Shia Muslim women. The law grants a husband the right to withdraw material support to his [read more]

16 Aug 2009

Mike Dubrasich [Executive Director, Western Institute for Study of the Environment]: "On August 5th the San Francisco based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals set aside the State Petitions Rule and reinstated the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, more commonly known as the "Clinton/Dombeck Roadless Rule." The Ninth Circuit Court, the most [read more]

15 Aug 2009

Joseph Morales [President, Maryland Hispanic Bar Association]: "On his remarks congratulating newly appointed Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court, President Obama explained that her confirmation was incredibly important for our Nation because it has sent the message to many of our children that nothing is out of [read more]

14 Aug 2009

Christopher Boucek [Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace]: "Early this week Human Rights Watch released a new report [PDF file] on internal security in Saudi Arabia. The report is very fair and makes many good points, especially about the numbers of individuals held in continued detention and [read more]

13 Aug 2009

Awzar Thi [member, Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong]: "The verdict handed down against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her co-accused in Burma this week surprised no one. The trial was throughout political, not legal in character. The only real question has been what, if anything, anyone else will [read more]

13 Aug 2009

David Satter [Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute]: "The proposed law allowing Russian troops to intervene beyond Russia's borders is meant merely to provide legal cover for possible future Russian aggression. The law, which presumably will be adopted, declares as "legal" what was already done in the case of the Russian invasion [read more]

12 Aug 2009

Christina Hill [Mining Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia]: "It has been reported that local communities in the Indonesian province of West Papua have filed a $30 billion lawsuit against the local subsidiary of US mining company Freeport-McRoRan Copper & Gold - operator of the giant Grasberg mine. The company is being [read more]

11 Aug 2009

Sean Turnell [Associate Professor, Macquarie University]: "The conviction and sentencing of democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, on absurd charges in a farcical 'trial' has rightly outraged the world. The sentence, of an 18 month extension to her (already manifestly unjust) house arrest is part of a crude effort by [read more]

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