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Friday 29 Aug 2008

Michelle Richardson [Legislative Counsel, ACLU]: "Just when you thought domestic spying power grabs had been put to rest for the duration of this Administration, the Justice Department has publicly announced its intent to go after one of the last existing hurdles between the government and our private lives: the simple [read more]

Wednesday 27 Aug 2008

Michele Waslin [Senior Policy Analyst, Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Law Foundation]: "This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it had suspended its latest immigration enforcement experiment. Dubbed as ICE's "compassionately conceived enforcement initiative," Operation Scheduled Departure [factsheet] was a five-city pilot program that would allow immigrants with [read more]

Tuesday 26 Aug 2008

Chip Sinton [President, National Youth Rights Association]: "The National Youth Rights Association disagrees with the Sixth Circuit's ruling in Barr et al. v. Lafon, et al. NYRA disagrees not because we are Confederate sympathizers nor because we support any hateful message implicit in the symbol in question, but because we [read more]

Thursday 21 Aug 2008

Leslie Harris [President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology]: "The Department of Justice has properly agreed to a request from Senators Specter and Leahy that it delay release of new Attorney General Guidelines that govern FBI criminal and intelligence investigations. The new Guidelines would reportedly weaken the [read more]

Thursday 21 Aug 2008

Karynn Fish [spokesperson, Basic Rights Oregon]: "Oregon's domestic partnership law [PDF] has been in effect since February 1, when a district court judge lifted a temporary restraining order that had delayed its implementation. JURIST isn't clear on this point. Last week's ruling by the 9th Circuit means that there will [read more]

Tuesday 19 Aug 2008

Bonnie Docherty [Researcher, Human Rights Watch]: "Russia has not only caused civilian casualties with its use of cluster munitions in Georgia, but it has also blatantly disregarded the international decision to ban the weapons. In the process, Russia has demonstrated that states around the world cannot become complacent about the [read more]

Sunday 17 Aug 2008

Chad Hazlett and Nina McMurry [Director of Protection; Advocacy Analyst, Genocide Intervention Network]: "The debate continues as to whether Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir should be offered a way out of a possible ICC indictment via Article 16 of the Rome Statute. There are good reasons to worry that pursuing an [read more]

Friday 15 Aug 2008

Betsy Apple and Nicolas Burniat [Director and Pennoyer Fellow, Crimes Against Humanity Program, Human Rights First]: "Efforts by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Courts (ICC) to obtain an arrest warrant against the president of Sudan, Omar el-Bashir, for charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide generated unprecedented [read more]

Thursday 14 Aug 2008

Andy Whitmore [Communications and Research Worker, Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links]: "On the fourteenth International Day of the World's Indigenous People, it is right that we celebrate last September's adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People as an historic event for the worldwide movement of indigenous peoples [read more]

Wednesday 13 Aug 2008

L. Ali Khan [Professor, Washburn University School of Law]: "It is all but certain that Pervez Musharraf - America's hireling who ordered disappearances and murdered scores of innocent men, women, and children to appease the Bush Administration's unquenchable thirst for Muslim blood - will soon step down and relinquish a [read more]

Tuesday 12 Aug 2008

Aung Din [Executive Director, US Campaign for Burma]: "Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since May 30, 2003, under Article 10 (B) of the "State Protection Act 1975." This Act was promulgated by the General Ne Win's so-called Socialist government in 1975, and designed to arrest [read more]

Tuesday 12 Aug 2008

Paul Mulindwa [Africa project officer, Minority Rights Group International (Africa Office)]: "The coming into force of this declaration [PDF] supports the protection and promotion of human rights of indigenous peoples in the world. It is a landmark declaration that brought to an end nearly 25 years of debatable discussions over [read more]

Monday 11 Aug 2008

Deborah Colson [Senior Associate, Law & Security Program, Human Rights First]: "Last Wednesday, a panel of six military officers returned a split verdict in the military commission trial of Salim Hamdan, convicting Mr. Hamdan of material support for terrorism but acquitting him of the more serious offense of conspiracy. Mr. [read more]

Friday 8 Aug 2008

Farzana Hassan and Hasan Mahmud [President and Director, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "The Iranian government's decision to commute its earlier stoning sentence against four adults convicted of adultery is the right decision and a welcome move. It is also encouraging news that Iran has put a moratorium on such punishments, however, [read more]

Friday 8 Aug 2008

L. Ali Khan [Professor, Washburn University School of Law]: "Pakistan's ruling coalition has finally gathered the courage to impeach Pervez Musharraf who assumed and retained power as the Army Chief for over eight years in violation of the constitution. Musharraf's hold on power collapsed when he took off his military [read more]

Friday 8 Aug 2008

Danilo Reyes [Philippines office, Asian Human Rights Commission]: "There was no final peace agreement signed yet. What the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have agreed so far was the draft of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD). The draft agreement, which [read more]

Thursday 7 Aug 2008

Angie Perone [Attorney, Equal Rights Advocates]: "The Third Circuit's recent decision in DeJohn v. Temple University did not crumble important protections for students and workers in a school setting. The Court's conclusion that Temple University's sexual harassment policy was unconstitutional was based on the policy's failure to include particular language [read more]

Wednesday 6 Aug 2008

Paul Graham [Executive Director, IDASA]: "In September 2006, the case against Mr. Zuma was struck from the court roll for technical reasons related to delays required by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). The NPA intimated that they would indeed be continuing with the case and the charges that Mr. Zuma [read more]

Tuesday 5 Aug 2008

Will Creeley [Director of Legal and Public Advocacy, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education]: "Yesterday's Third Circuit ruling [opinion, PDF] in DeJohn v. Temple University is a important victory for free speech on campus. In declaring Temple's former sexual harassment policy unconstitutionally broad, the Third Circuit delivered a reaffirmation of [read more]

Monday 4 Aug 2008

Kevin Scott [Founder and Director, Civil Liberty]: "The balance that needs to be struck on the use of testimony from anonymous witnesses at criminal trials is between the protection of witnesses and the need for a fair trial. In the UK, over half of all murder trials, particularly those involving [read more]

Monday 4 Aug 2008

G. Eugene Martin [former Executive Director, Philippine Facilitation Project, United States Institute of Peace]: "I am encouraged by recent news of an agreement between the government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) negotiators but am somewhat skeptical that the underlying causes of the conflict have been fully [read more]

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