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Professional Commentary
24 Sep 2010

David Krieger [President, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation]: "In April 2009, President Obama went to Prague and spoke out for a world free of nuclear weapons. "I state clearly and with conviction," he said, "America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." He indicated that … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Sep 2010

Delphine Perrin [Research Fellow, Migration Policy Centre/CARIM Project at the European University Institute]: "In July 2010, the death of a young man killed by gendarmes when he was trying to break a roadblock was followed by two days of riots by members of the gypsy community to which he belonged. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Sep 2010

Romana St. Matthew-Daniel [Press Secretary, International Bar Association Human Rights Institute]: "In its 2003 report on the administration of justice in Equatorial Guinea (Equatorial Guinea: At the Crossroads [PDF]) the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) uncovered little respect for the rule of law and separation of powers, torture, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Sep 2010

Sara Totonchi [Executive Director, Law Offices of the Southern Center for Human Rights]: "Wednesday, a federal judge upheld the murder conviction of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis. This ruling followed an unusual evidentiary hearing that was ordered by the US Supreme Court to examine evidence of Davis' innocence. Despite … [read more]


Professional Commentary
23 Aug 2010

Ester [Islam in Europe]: "Recently Amnesty International repeated its call to the British government to stop its "regime" of control orders. These orders, which allow the Home Secretary to restrict a person's freedom of movement, were introduced by the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005. Control orders are supervised by the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Aug 2010

Julie Stewart [President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums]: "Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill to reduce the infamous 100:1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The Senate approved the bill in March. Today, President Obama finished the job by signing the bill, ending a nearly … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Aug 2010

Eric Sterling [President, The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation]: "Thursday's passage of the Fair Sentencing Act proved that I have been very wrong about this legislation. I was wrong in not believing that fairness in sentencing, fairness for convicted African-American crack dealers, fairness for any criminal defendant, had any political traction. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Jul 2010

Nick Nyhart [President and CEO, Public Campaign]: "With just four Republican Senators in play on the DISCLOSE Act its failure to reach closure Wednesday was no surprise. The original intent of the legislation was to blunt the impact of the disastrous Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election … [read more]


Professional Commentary
19 Jul 2010

Serkan Yolcu [Uludag University Faculty of Law]: "On Wednesday July 7, 2010, the Turkish media was unexpectedly informed by the press office of Constitutional Court that the Court made its eagerly anticipated judgment on the constitutional amendment package that has been on the agenda for months. After 9.5 hours of … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2010

Katie Belanger [Fair Wisconsin]: "On Wednesday, June 30, 2010, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the 2006 state constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and civil unions in the McConkey v. J.B. Van Hollen et al. decision. In this case, William McConkey challenged the validity of the amendment, stating that it violates … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Jun 2010

Richard Aborn [President, Citizens Crime Commission]: "What is most important to the gun control movement is the ability to pass reasonable laws designed to break up the illegal gun markets. While I disagree with this decision, as I do with District of Columbia v. Heller, these rulings do not deter … [read more]


Professional Commentary
23 Jun 2010

Richard C. Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "Ronnie Lee Gardner [BBC Backgrounder] was executed in a hail of bullets as he sat strapped to a chair in a Utah prison a few nights ago. Gardner got the kind of execution he wanted--death by firing squad--and Utah finally got … [read more]


Professional Commentary
20 Jun 2010

Yifat Susskind [Policy and Communications Director, MADRE]: "The report by Human Rights Watch on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kurdistan reveals the troubling reality facing women and girls compelled to undergo the procedure. Human Rights Watch references specifically the failure of the Kurdistan Regional Government to take seriously the issue … [read more]


Professional Commentary
12 Jun 2010

Nicole Nishimura [California Environmental Rights Alliance] "The California Environmental Rights Alliance is an environmental justice organization based in Southern California - home to the worst air quality in the United States. Our organization works with those hardest hit by the effects of pollution. Oftentimes the most polluted neighborhoods are in … [read more]

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