30 Jan 2010

John Washburn and Matthew Heaphy [Convener and Deputy Convener, The American NGO Coalition for the ICC (AMICC)]: "According to the JURIST report about Ambassador Stephen Rapp's January 28 speech at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, he made it clear that the US would not ratify the Rome Statute of [read more]

29 Jan 2010

Brett Schaefer and Steven Groves [Fellows, The Heritage Foundation]: "The comments by US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen Rapp yesterday are a welcome confirmation of the concerns held by many Americans regarding the potential for overreach by the International Criminal Court and its prosecutor. As Ambassador Rapp cautioned, there [read more]

25 Jan 2010

James Cockayne [Senior Fellow, International Peace Institute]: "Vice-President Joe Biden's announcement in Iraq that the US government will appeal the recent dismissal of federal criminal charges against five Blackwater private security contractors was a diplomatic necessity. It was designed to reassure Iraqi politicians and the Iraqi people of the Obama [read more]

22 Jan 2010

Homer Moyer [Member, Miller & Chevalier]: "This week's highly publicized arrest of 22 corporate executives for violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is newsworthy and in some respects unprecedented, but otherwise confirms FCPA enforcement trends that have been increasingly evident in recent years. Unprecedented were the simultaneous [read more]

21 Jan 2010

Kent Russell [Attorney, Russell and Russell]: "In McDaniel v. Brown, a habeas petitioner unsuccessfully sought to vacate his conviction on the basis of admittedly flawed DNA evidence which grossly overstated the chances that the defendant was the person guilty of a brutal rape of a child. In my judgment, for [read more]

20 Jan 2010

Beth Schwanke [Legislative Counsel, Freedom Now]: "Nyi Nyi Aung is a Burmese-born American democracy activist who was arrested at the Rangoon, Burma airport on September 3, 2009. Nyi Nyi was attempting to visit his mother, also an imprisoned democracy activist, who has cancer and is being denied medical treatment by [read more]

19 Jan 2010

David R. Irvine and Virginia E. Sloan [Constitution Project]: "In the aftermath of the attempted Christmas Day bombing, some want to shift the discussion from the best way to close Guantanamo - an objective first announced by President Bush - to instituting Guantanamo-like policies in the United States. Critics of [read more]

18 Jan 2010

Ilan Pappe [Professor, Department of History, University of Exeter]: "The building of the separation wall between Israel and the West Bank in 2001 and before that the construction of the fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel in 1994, were claimed by official Israel to be barriers against terrorism. In [read more]

18 Jan 2010

Thomas Ching-peng Peng [Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University]: "On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's ex-President Chen Shui-bian was sentenced to life in prison and fined NT $200 million on charges of embezzlement, taking bribes, and money laundering, involving a total of NT $490 million (US $15 million) [read more]

14 Jan 2010

Jim Hanson [Senior Director, Warrior Legacy Foundation]: "As reported here: A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday dismissed [PDF] a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaqi. I [read more]

13 Jan 2010

Zarko Markovic [Researcher, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights]: "When Croatia filed its genocide suit against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999, the political implications of that move might have seemed much easier to predict than its legal consequences. With both wartime leaders, Milosevic and Tudjman, still holding their leading [read more]

13 Jan 2010

Lyric Thompson [Policy Analyst, Women for Women International]: "Last week Sudan celebrated an ironic anniversary. In name only, it was the fifth anniversary of peace - specifically, the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA), the official armistice signed to end one of Africa's longest-running civil wars in 2005. The CPA was supposed [read more]

12 Jan 2010

Sara Perle and Samara Fox [Acting Communications Director and Intern, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission]: "The 22-year-old HIV/AIDS ban on the entry into the United States of HIV-positive individuals who are not US citizens ended on January 4, 2010 when the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of [read more]

8 Jan 2010

Danilo Reyes [Staff member, Asian Human Rights Commission]: "The declaration of Proclamation 1959, placing a large part of Maguindanao province, in the southern Philippines, under a state of martial law was devoid of a constitutional basis. Thus, legal action taken against those accused of being involved in rebellion - those [read more]

6 Jan 2010

Victoria Neilson [Legal Director, Immigration Equality]: "On Monday, with relatively little fanfare, the US closed a chapter on an era of discrimination and intolerance. Since 1987, any non-citizen seeking to enter the US was prohibited from doing so if he or she was HIV-positive, unless he or she met the [read more]

5 Jan 2010

Sarah Cook [Asia Research Analyst and Assistant Editor, Freedom House]: "When Chinese democracy activist and author Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison last week, many around the world appeared stunned by the length of his sentence and absence of due process rights. Such harsh punishment for offering [read more]

3 Jan 2010

Tom Tanton [Senior Fellow, Energy Studies, Pacific Research Institute]: "The Copenhagen Climate Conference has concluded. The fanfare is over and world leaders have little to show for it. President Obama left the conference with hope that the compromise he came to with five other world leaders would be supported by [read more]

3 Jan 2010

William W. Keller [Professor, University of Pittsburgh]: "International travelers are being subjected to higher levels of security screening in the wake of last week's attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Uniformed guards carrying automatic weapons could be seen inside the main terminals at Charles de Gaulle Airport in [read more]

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