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Obama's Gitmo Regrets Abound: The 9/11 Military Commission-Two Observers' Perspectives
March 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discuss the military's violations of the due process of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay since 9/11...On March 18th President Obama said if he could relive his first day in office he would have close....... [more]

Poland court clears soldiers of Afghanistan war crimes
March 20, 2015
A military court in Warsaw on Thursday cleared four Polish soldiers of war crimes violations in Afghanistan. The trial began in February 2009. The soldiers were prosecuted for violating provisions of the Geneva Conventions, which provide protection for civilian villages that pose no threat to soldi....... [more]

Thailand man sentenced to 18 months under lese-majeste laws
March 20, 2015
The Bangkok Military Court on Friday sentenced 67-year-old Opas Chansuksai to 18 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the nation's lese majeste laws. Chansuksai was arrested for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej in bathroom graffitti last October, and later confessed to the charges. Obs....... [more]

Thailand activists face military court in landmark case
March 16, 2015
Four Thai activists will face military court on charges of violating junta orders banning public gatherings. The activists are members of a group called Resistant Citizen, which has held demonstrations around Bangkok protesting against military rule. Prosecutors have asked the men to report on March....... [more]

Pentagon overturns rule that forced relocation of military judges to Guantanamo
February 28, 2015
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday rescinded a new rule that required military judges presiding over war crimes tribunals at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay to relocate to Cuba. The DOD claimed that the rule was enacted, in part, to help speed up the litigation process in military commi....... [more]

9/11 case halted by order forcing judges to move to Guantanamo
February 26, 2015
A military judge on Wednesday halted proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case due to a new Defense Department rule that forces judges to relocate to Guantanamo Bay. In December military commission judges were directed to move to Guantanamo at the request of a Pentagon legal official in hopes of speedi....... [more]

Former Guantanamo detainee's terrorism conviction overturned
February 19, 2015
The US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday set aside the terrorism convictions of former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism, which was one of the few cases of successful prosecution of a Guantanamo detainee. In 2014....... [more]

HRW: Thailand government must reject pro-military detention amendments
February 13, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged Thailand's National Legislative Assembly to reject a proposed amendment to the Military Court Act that would allow the government to detain civilians up to 84 days without charging them of a crime. The proposed amendment comes after last year's military coup....... [more]

US government admits former Guantanamo detainee wrongfully convicted: lawyer
January 23, 2015
A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes they will overturn the con....... [more]

HRW denounces conviction of Tunisia blogger
January 7, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called Tunisia's military justice law repressive after blogger Yassine Ayari was sentenced to three years for "defaming the army" and "insulting military high command" for posting criticisms of government officials on Facebook. HRW criticized the Tunisian governme....... [more]

Thailand editor sentenced for defaming king
November 24, 2014
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one of....... [more]




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    Military Commission Orders [US DOD]

    Military Commissions [Pentagon Library]

    Military Commissions [LLRX]

    Military Commissions [HRF]

    Report on Military Commissions [ABA]

    Military Commissions [HRW]

    Military Commissions Q&A [HRW - PDF]

    Hamdan symposium [NYU JLL]