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Wednesday 30 Apr 2008

Faisal Naseem Chaudhry [advocate, Lahore High Court, Lahore, Pakistan]: "In Pakistan's February 18 elections, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), i.e. the PML (N), emerged as the two major parties in parliament respectively. On March 09 this year, both parties signed the six-point "Murree Declaration", the [read more]

Monday 28 Apr 2008

Sahr MuhammedAlly [senior associate, Law and Security program, Human Rights First]: "While pre-trial motions continue at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, at other end of the globe in Afghanistan more than 60 former Guantánamo and Bagram detainees have been convicted based on little more than mere allegations by the United States. After [read more]

Monday 28 Apr 2008

Ali Khan [Washburn University School of Law]: "Pakistan's ruling Coalition has less than forty-eight hours left to fulfill their pre-election promise with the nation to restore the high court judges that General Musharraf fired by means of the 2007 Emergency Proclamation last November, an action contrary to the Constitution. The [read more]

Sunday 27 Apr 2008

Farzana Hassan [president, Muslim Canadian Congress] and Tarek Fatah [founder, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "How long will it take the leadership of North America's traditional Muslim leadership to embrace the First amendment of the United Sates constitution and the doctrine of the separation of religion and state? Will the concept of [read more]

Saturday 26 Apr 2008

Faisal Naseem Chaudhry [advocate, Lahore High Court, Lahore, Pakistan]: "On April 22, a delegation of Lahore-based lawyers called on deposed Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry at his residence in the capital Islamabad. Since many could had wished to become part of the delegation, the leaders of the Bar Association [read more]

Wednesday 23 Apr 2008

Julien Ball [administrative coordinator, Campaign to End the Death Penalty]: "Back to the killing game. That is what the Supreme Court's decision upholding the method of execution known as "lethal injection" means. Thirty-five states that use the death penalty put prisoners to death by lethal injection — where a prisoner [read more]

Tuesday 22 Apr 2008

Daniel M. Smith [Colonel, USA (Ret.); Senior Fellow for Military Affairs, Friends Committee on National Legislation]: "I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation. James Madison, 1788 October [read more]

Tuesday 22 Apr 2008

Asim Qureshi [senior researcher, Cageprisoners]: "After years of being held in detention without charge, the British men released from Guantanamo Bay who are pursuing legal action against the intelligence services are sending a very clear message to both governments and security services: there is no room for arbitrary detention and [read more]

Monday 21 Apr 2008

Richard C. Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "On April 16, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a splintered decision on the constitutionality of Kentucky's lethal injection process. Despite the seven different opinions, there were many aspects of the decision that were not surprising, and a few aspects which most [read more]

Monday 21 Apr 2008

John Cummings [staff attorney and co-counsel to, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet]: "The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Baze v. Rees represents a sweeping vindication of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's execution procedures against constitutional attack. The plurality opinion confirms that the safeguards contained in Kentucky's lethal injection [read more]

Saturday 19 Apr 2008

Sarah Tofte [researcher, Human Rights Watch]: "On April 16, in Baze v. Rees, the US Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling on the constitutionality of Kentucky's use of lethal injection as a method of execution. Although on the surface the Court's decision, by a vote of 7-2, to uphold [read more]

Friday 18 Apr 2008

Laura Porter [Director of Organizing, Equal Justice USA]: "The Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Baze v Rees this week, upholding the constitutionality of Kentucky's lethal injection protocols. Texas has already taken the Court's ruling as a green light to set an execution date - the first [read more]

Wednesday 16 Apr 2008

Frank Kendall [volunteer consultant, Human Rights First]: "Last week I traveled to Guantánamo Navy Base as a monitor for Human Rights First. I observed pretrial hearings in the cases of Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi, and Omar Ahmed Khadr. The ostensible goal of the [read more]

Wednesday 9 Apr 2008

Betsy Griffing [legal program director, ACLU of Montana]: "This challenge to the lethal injection protocol is based primarily upon violation of the Montana Constitution, rather than violations of the United States Constitution. We feel that two provisions in the Montana Constitution make this challenge particularly strong. First, we are claiming [read more]

Wednesday 9 Apr 2008

Deborah Colson [senior associate, Human Rights First, Law and Security]: "In a March 2003 Office of Legal Counsel memorandum, released for the first time last week, John Yoo justified the use of cruel interrogation techniques on "unlawful combatants held outside the United States" - including prisoners at Guantánamo Bay - [read more]

Tuesday 8 Apr 2008

Aleksandar Momirov [lecturer, Erasmus University]: "In what has been perceived as an astonishing judgment by many, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted Ramush Haradinaj and Idriz Balaj of all charges, while finding the third co-accused in the Haradinaj et al. case, Lahi [read more]

Monday 7 Apr 2008

Melissa Goodman [staff attorney, ACLU, National Security Project]: "When Americans hear that the military is conducting domestic surveillance we tend to get a little squeamish. Isn't that the FBI's job? What is the military doing exactly? Who are they investigating and why? Well, here is what we do know, thanks [read more]

Sunday 6 Apr 2008

Sabin P. Willett [attorney for Guantanamo Uighur detainee Huzaifa Parhat; Bingham McCutchen LLP]: "For years, lawyers for Guantanamo detainees have argued that the "evidence" on which their clients were held is remarkably flimsy. On Friday, April 4, 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [read more]

Saturday 5 Apr 2008

Eva Herzer [co-founder, International Tibet Support Network and the Tibet Justice Center]: "The United Nations Charter, Covenants and Declarations set forth the internationally agreed upon standards of human ethics and decency necessary to protect the integrity and dignity of individuals and peoples. The current massive uprising of the Tibetan people [read more]

Thursday 3 Apr 2008

Maureen Aung-Thwin [director, Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative of the Open Society Institute]: "Over the past two decades, various United Nations entities - the General Assembly, the Human Rights Commission (now Council) and the Security Council, have all condemned the Burmese military regime for egregious abuse of the rights of its [read more]

Tuesday 1 Apr 2008

Kevin P. Martin [attorney of record for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on its brief for Indiana v. Edwards]: "In Faretta v. California, 422 U.S. 806 (1975), the Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment provides a constitutional right to a criminal defendant to decline the assistance of [read more]

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