29 Nov 2010

Paul Copeland [Advisory Council, Canadian Friends of Burma]: "Although I practice law in the city of Toronto, for the last 22 years I have been involved with the democracy movement in Burma (also known as Myanmar). I have visited three times and plan to go back soon. Daw Aung San [read more]

24 Nov 2010

Lydia Gall [Staff Attorney, The European Roma Rights Centre]: "In a Romani settlement in Slovakia, a boy attending a mainstream school was awarded a small scholarship for being a gifted student. He dreamed of growing up and being an auto mechanic. Later, following a dispute with a teacher, he was [read more]

18 Nov 2010

Bill Quigley [Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights]: "The Department of Justice decision to refuse to prosecute anyone for the intentional destruction of evidence of over 90 tapes documenting crimes of torture is an outrageous betrayal of respect for human rights and the rule of law. The DOJ continues to [read more]

16 Nov 2010

Richard C. Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "A high delegation of U.S. officials recently traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to report to the recently-formed United Nations Human Rights Council concerning our observance of human rights standards. Other countries were entitled to comment on the U.S.'s compliance with these standards, [read more]

16 Nov 2010

Ian Bancroft [Co-founder & Executive Director, TransConflict]: "What was truly significant about the recent events in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar was the willingness of both presidents - Serbia's Boris Tadić and Croatia's Ivo Josipović - to apologize for crimes committed by the military forces of their respective countries; [read more]

11 Nov 2010

Ishai Menuchin [Executive Director, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel]: "The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel welcomes B'Tselem and Hamoked's recent report, "Kept in the Dark" which is an important study of one particular Shin Bet interrogation center over a limited period of time. PCATI's ongoing and daily work [read more]

11 Nov 2010

David Pantos [Executive Director, Legal Aid of Nebraska]: "The Supreme Court of Nebraska (SCONE) made the correct decision in declining to rule on the Fremont, NE immigration ordinance, against the request of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. This was the right decision for basic reasons. [read more]

11 Nov 2010

Justin Tanis [Community Education and Outreach Manager, National Center for Transgender Equality]: "The military's discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy applies only to the sexual orientation of servicemembers and has no direct application to transgender people. However, transgender people have been impacted by the regulations and discharged under the policy [read more]

11 Nov 2010

Haroon Moghul Executive Director, The Maydan Institute: "Last week, Oklahomans voted overwhelmingly in favor of State Question 755, which forbids state courts from considering "international law," defined as a discourse "formed by the general assent of civilized nations," and "Sharia," or "Islamic law," in their decisions. Perhaps Oklahomans, in their [read more]

4 Nov 2010

Jon Feere [Legal Policy Analyst, Center for Immigration Studies]: "States regularly assist the federal government in making sure federal laws and regulations in a whole host of areas are followed. The feds generally welcome the support. But when it comes to immigration, the Obama administration has signaled opposition to states [read more]

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