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Tuesday 25 Nov 2008

Craig McClure [Executive Director, International AIDS Society]: "The International AIDS Society strongly urges the government of Papua, Indonesia to discard its proposed plans to insert microchips into "sexually aggressive" HIV-positive people in the province. Passing such a law into practice would be an infringement of basic human rights, and will [read more]

Monday 24 Nov 2008

Richard Huffman [creator of Baader-Meinhoff.com and author of The Gun Speaks]: "Christian Klar, leader of the notorious Red Army Faction, the leftist terrorist group that waged war on Germany from 1970 through the early 1990s, was released from prison. Klar had been serving time for, among other things, the murder [read more]

Sunday 23 Nov 2008

Ariel Cohen [Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation]: "The Russian Constitution proclaims a presidential republic within a multi-party system, with president as a "guarantor" of the Constituion. However, checks and balances in Russia were underdeveloped since the collapse of communism in 1991 (and non-existent under communism).Moreover, since 2000, Russia further [read more]

Saturday 22 Nov 2008

Aubrey Sarvis [Executive Director, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network]: "The opposition by more than 100 retired flag officers to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) law is another indication of growing nationwide support to replace DADT with a nondiscrimination law that would allow all qualified service members to serve openly, regardless [read more]

Tuesday 18 Nov 2008

Dr. Almerindo Ojeda [Director, Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas]: "The UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas (CSHRA) recently posted an analysis of miltary and diplomatic testimonies showing that the State Department had underreported, to the United Nations, the number [read more]

Monday 17 Nov 2008

Victor Comras [Special Counsel, Eren Law Firm]: "The process used to designate, and freeze the assets of, terrorists and those providing material support for terrorism, has come under serious judicial challenge here and abroad. The European Court of Justice recently invalidated the EU's designations (binding on all EU member countries) [read more]

Monday 17 Nov 2008

Joanne Mariner [Director, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, Human Rights Watch]: "In their sobering report, Guantanamo and Its Aftermath [PDF file], researchers at the University of California, Berkeley - working in partnership with the Center for Constitutional Rights - have documented an array of serious abuses. The report describes how detainees [read more]

Thursday 13 Nov 2008

Maiko Tagusari [researcher on penal system reform, Japan Federation of Bar Associations]: "In its Concluding Observations, the UN Human Rights Committee made it clear that Japan is going against the requirements under the Covenant and is strongly required to end its continuous and expanded usage of the death penalty.At the [read more]

Wednesday 12 Nov 2008

Jack Reilley [Chair, Friends of Marsy's Law]: "Proposition 9 passed by 53.5 percent and over five million voters said YES. It was a huge win because Prop 9 was opposed by all major California newspapers, many of the major television and radio station personalities, the Democrat Party, the teacher unions, [read more]

Saturday 8 Nov 2008

Stephen Hanlon [Chair, American Bar Association Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project Steering Committee]: "While the American Bar Association (ABA) takes no position on the death penalty per se, it has called on U.S. capital jurisdictions to halt executions until policies and procedures are implemented to ensure that death penalty cases [read more]

Tuesday 4 Nov 2008

Richard C. Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "Almost every state in the country guarantees defendants the right to have DNA evidence tested after their trial. Unfortunately for William Osborne, Alaska is not one of those states. That is why Osborne has asked the federal courts to order the [read more]

Tuesday 4 Nov 2008

Marc Rotenberg [President, Electronic Privacy Information Center]: "When the New York Times first reported in December 2005 that President Bush had undertaken electronic surveillance in the United States of U.S. citizens without court approval, EPIC immediately filed a Freedom of Information Act [FOIA] request with the Department of Justice to [read more]

Saturday 1 Nov 2008

Sharon Kelly [Elect to End Torture Campaign Manager, Human Rights First]: "One week before the presidential election, the Guantanamo trials grind slowly on, although this week's trial of Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al-Bahlul, a Yemeni accused of being Osama Bin Laden's media adviser, may very well mark the beginning of [read more]

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