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Geneva Conventions

Bradley Manning, Hero, or Traitor?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

If Bradley Manning did what he is accused of doing, he should not be tried as a criminal. He should be hailed as a national hero, much like Daniel Ellsberg, whose release of the Pentagon Papers helped to expose the government's lies and end the Vietnam War.

NYC 'Terror' Suspect Out-Geneva's Manhattan DA

Matthis Chiroux | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Matthis Chiroux

And as long as the U.S. remains "at war" either literally or rhetorically, either directly or by proxy, we will continue to present our infrastructure as legitimate targets to our adversaries. If we want to be safe, we have to end the wars!

Shalit Is Free. Lift the Siege of Gaza Now.

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.26.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Hamas officials have said that Israel pledged to lift the Gaza blockade as part of the prisoner exchange that freed Shalit. Egyptian officials have also indicated that lifting the blockade was part of the deal. But Israeli officials have said that Israel did not agree.

Time for New Approach to Burma: War Crimes Mounting

Matthew Smith | Posted 09.21.2011 | World
Matthew Smith

Last week, human rights groups released a damning report documenting how ordinary Burmese convicts are brutally forced by the state to carry heavy munitions and supplies for the Burma Army, acting as human shields.

Was Killing Osama Bin Laden Legal?

Gabor Rona | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Gabor Rona

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

Republicans On Torture, Post-Osama Bin Laden: Defending Against Prosecution?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

In these days since President Barack Obama announced that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, notice how quickly Re...

War Crimes In Libya, Bahrain and Yemen? Maybe, Maybe Not

Morris Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Morris Davis

The continued deterioration of conditions on the ground in Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen has led to increased discussion of war crimes and the potential consequences.

From the Middle Ages to the Cyber Age: Non-State Actors

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Franz-Stefan Gady

The increasing importance of non-state actors is evident in all spheres of international relations.

Israel Raid on Gaza Flotilla: US Failure to Condemn Despite UN Findings

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama has failed to condemn Israel's actions on May 31, notwithstanding overwhelming evidence of its illegality.

Bradley Manning: An American Hero

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of leaking military secrets to the public. This week, his supporters are holding rallies in 21 cities, seeking M...

Bangladesh: A Free and Fair War Crimes Tribunal?

Morris Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Morris Davis

Paris-based attorney Katherine Iliopoulos has a new article out at Crimes of War Project. She writes: A war crimes tribunal set up in Bangladesh to ...

Rebel Training: Introducing Human Rights In War-Torn Central African Republic

Peter Biro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Peter Biro

In village of Kosse in the Central African Republic, the International Rescue Committee has carried out an innovative program to train the country's various armed groups in human rights and international humanitarian law.

Israeli Military Commander Acts As a Dictator Towards Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Israelis are showing that the original Zionist theory of lusting for the land, without its people, continues to be the main pillar of this right-wing Israeli government.

Israel Prevents Christian Pilgrims From Visiting Bethlehem

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

In a response to a totally nonviolent protest by Palestinian Christians and Muslims demanding their freedom of movement the Israeli army has effectively banned entry of Christian pilgrims and tourists from visiting the birth place of Christ.

Epistemology and PMC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Epistemology is useful to keep in mind when considering private military and security contractors because so much of what passes for common wisdom is based on assertions instead of facts.

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The House Armed Services Committee turned down the Obama's administration's request for some $350 million intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois.

Beyond Guantanamo: Torture Thrives in Connecticut

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

In the case of Coleman v. Lantz, Connecticut has argued for the right to force feed a hunger-striking inmate in an excruciatingly painful manner.

The KSM Trial And Republican Attacks

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

For many Republicans, none more so than Rudy Giuliani, the KSM trial is merely an opportunity to get some media attention and take a cheap shot at the president.

"Model Prisoner" at Guantanamo, Tortured in the "Dark Prison," Loses Habeas Corpus Petition

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Al-Madhwani joins eight other prisoners in a legal netherworld, no longer regarded as "enemy combatants" by the administration, but still detained indefinitely as though they were.

The Lawyers Who Would Torture

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David A. Love

Throughout history we have witnessed the ways in which societies compromise their legal systems to oppress the many, benefit the few, and sanction the unconscionable.

Prisoner Exchange A Reflection On Mideast Disagreements

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

If there were a case that could illustrate the disagreement between Israel and the Palestinians, the Shalit prisoner exchange deal could be the one.

Specter of Forced Repatriation

Allan Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allan Gerson

The hunger strike of more than two dozen Iranian-Americans came to a close Thursday with the news that 36 Iranian dissidents forcibly taken by Iraqi forces had been allowed to return to their enclave north of Baghdad.

Detainees Moved to DMV; Could Be Held There 'Indefinitely'

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

While Eric Holder did not indicate how long the detainees might be held at the DMV, he did say that the DMV "is capable of detaining them indefinitely."

Is Bagram Obama's New Secret Prison?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Obama administration is following Bush's lead by unilaterally rewriting the Geneva Conventions, presumably to allow it to continue exploiting prisoners of war for their supposed intelligence value.

The Torture Apologist's Fallacy

Larisa Alexandrovna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larisa Alexandrovna

If a person in US custody is presumed innocent until proven guilty, then it does not matter whether or not torture works, does it? We don't torture innocent people, right?