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Thursday 27 Dec 2007

Faisal Naseem Chaudhry [advocate, Lahore High Court, Lahore, Pakistan]: "At 6:16 pm this evening, Pakistan lost Benazir Bhutto (BB). Plenty of individuals in this country had severe differences of opinion with her policies and politics, yet one could never imagine such a demise for Pakistan's most popular leader. She was, [read more]

Wednesday 26 Dec 2007

Diane Orentlicher [Special Counsel, Open Society Institute; professor, Washington College of Law, American University]: "The history of U.S. efforts to punish genocide is full of paradoxes. The United States led postwar efforts to prosecute Nazi crimes in Nuremberg and played the lead role in establishing international tribunals to prosecute those [read more]

Friday 21 Dec 2007

Maiko Taguscari [Staff attorney; researcher on penal system reform, Japan Federation of Bar Associations]: "On Dec. 7, the Ministry of Justice disclosed the names of the three death row inmates who were hanged that day, as well as the summary of the crimes they were convicted of and the locations [read more]

Tuesday 18 Dec 2007

Anonymous [advocate, Lahore High Court, Lahore, Pakistan]: "Mr. Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif was the seniormost Judge of the Lahore High Court on the morning of November 3, i.e. No. 2 after the Chief Justice. Because of the extra-constitutional steps of General (Retired) Musharraf, he is one of those Judges who [read more]

Monday 17 Dec 2007

Jasna Sarcevic Jankovic [Public Information Coordinator, Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor's Office]: "The location, arresting and transfer of Ratko Mladic and the other three indictees to The Hague is not only our international obligation, but also our moral duty. The fact is that Serbia has so far fulfilled most of its [read more]

Tuesday 11 Dec 2007

Benjamin Ward [Associate Director, Europe and Central Asia division, Human Rights Watch]: "The Home Office announced on December 6 that it will ask Parliament to grant it special powers to extend the 28-day pre-charge detention period in terrorism cases. The proposal would give the Home Secretary the power to authorize [read more]

Monday 10 Dec 2007

Mark Earley [President, Prison Fellowship; former Virginia Attorney General]: "The Eighth Circuit recently clarified the law surrounding government funding for faith-based services that address America's intractable social problems. Americans United for Separation of Church and State had challenged the state of Iowa's establishment of a voluntary faith-based pre-release program for [read more]

Friday 7 Dec 2007

Terry Kay Rockefeller [Member of the Board of Directors, Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation (MVFR)]: "I am a long time opponent of the death penalty, in all cases, for the fundamental reason that I do not want to be the citizen of a state that murders. My views were not [read more]

Thursday 6 Dec 2007

J. Wells Dixon [Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights and lawyer for several Guantanamo prisoners]: "The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) returned to the United States Supreme Court yesterday for arguments in Al Odah v. United States and Boumediene v. Bush, which will likely decide the fate of about 300 [read more]

Wednesday 5 Dec 2007

Alex Luchenitser [Senior Litigation Counsel,Americans United for Separation of Church and State]: "On December 3, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuitruled that the State of Iowa has violated the constitutional guaranteeof separation of church and state by providing tax-funded aid to areligious "rehabilitation" program operated in [read more]

Wednesday 5 Dec 2007

John Whitehead [President, Rutherford Institute and member, Constitution Project Liberty and Security Committee]: "As oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boumediene v. Bush concluded this afternoon, one could not help but think that it will prove to be one of the most important wartime cases in a post-9/11 [read more]

Wednesday 5 Dec 2007

Danilo Reyes [Asian Human Rights Commission]: "There have been dozens of attempted coups in the modern history of the Philippines, but only one has succeeded: the February 1986 overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos. His regime and its constitutional foundations were toppled because even though the country's institutions were structurally intact, they [read more]

Tuesday 4 Dec 2007

Virginia Sloan [President, The Constitution Project]: "Today, as I observed the oral arguments in Synder v. Louisiana before the United States Supreme Court, I was struck by the fact that James Williams will almost certainly never face a judge, jury, or even a disciplinary panel for his malicious abuse of [read more]

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