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Gabor Rona
As the International Legal Director of Human Rights First, Gabor Rona advises Human Rights First programs on questions of international law and coordinates international human rights litigation. He also represents Human Rights First with governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the media and the public on matters of international human rights and international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict).

Before coming to Human Rights First, Gabor was a Legal Advisor in the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. At the ICRC he focused on the application of international humanitarian and human rights law in the context of counter-terrorism policies and practices. He represented the ICRC in intergovernmental, nongovernmental, academic and public forums and his articles on the topic have appeared in the Financial Times, the Fletcher Forum on World Affairs and the Chicago Journal of International Law, among other publications. In addition, he represented the ICRC in connection with the establishment of international and other criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court. He has also taught International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law in several academic settings, including the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France and the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, Switzerland.

Blog Entries by Gabor Rona

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Deserve Compensation

Posted May 13, 2011 | 15:56:27 (EST)

Abu Ghraib. Eight years ago the Iraqi prison was the site of physical and psychological torture, rape, sodomy and murder of Iraqi prisoners committed by Americans under the authority of Americans. While 11 soldiers were convicted on detainee abuse charges and Army investigations implicated at least 5 private contractors in...

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Was Killing Osama Bin Laden Legal?

Posted May 10, 2011 | 15:06:39 (EST)

He was an evil mass-murderer. Does it matter how it went down? Absolutely.

It matters to one of the fundamental humanitarian principles of the laws of armed conflict: if they are "hors de combat," or "outside the fight," then targeting even military objectives is a war crime.

So first, was...

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Some Thoughts on al Nashiri and Military Commissions While Waiting for the Grown-Ups to Take Over

Posted April 22, 2011 | 13:55:46 (EST)

The Department of Defense announced yesterday that military commissions prosecutors have sworn charges against Abd al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al Nashiri of Saudi Arabia. They will seek the death penalty for his alleged role in the USS Cole attack of 2000 and an attack on the French civilian oil tanker...

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Wanted: More Light, Less Heat About Drone Attacks

Posted March 18, 2011 | 16:27:37 (EST)

Drone strikes conducted by the United States in Pakistan are an increasingly hot flash point in relations between the two countries. This week, a drone strike is reported to have killed approximately 40 people. The New York Times reports that it was a meeting of Taliban mediators and...

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High-Tech Terrorism or Low-Tech Fear Mongering?

Posted December 21, 2010 | 16:40:49 (EST)

To paraphrase H.L Mencken, no one ever went broke underestimating how low a politician will go to gain an advantage.

Exhibit A: Vice president Joseph Biden, who likens WikiLeaks honcho Julian Assange to a "high-tech terrorist."

What a nice marriage of images. Especially for those of us old enough...

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Can It Gitmo Bad Than This?

Posted July 14, 2008 | 15:02:13 (EST)

Walk into any criminal courtroom in America, no matter where, no matter whom the players, no matter what the charges, and you'll see a familiar script being played out. It's familiar because what happens there is governed by a mountain of precedent and laws built on a bedrock foundation known...

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