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Maher Arar

Canada Cuts Ties with Iran & Syria Despite Its Embarrassing Record on Defending Its Middle Eastern Immigrants

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 11.08.2012 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Canada announced that it has cut ties with the governments of Iran and Syria, shutting down its embassy in Tehran and expelling diplomats from Canada. But Canada is notorious on the human rights of its Middle Eastern immigrants.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison Gets Support Calling for Accountability for Torture

Coleen Rowley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

In connection with the 10 year anniversary of the shameful "torture memos," peace and human rights activists in Minnesota managed to get their Congresspersons and Senators to declare torture is wrong and, in varying degrees, touch on the need for accountability.

An Apology the United States Must Make

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

"It was so painful, that I forgot every enjoyable moment in my life," said Maher Arar, of the beatings he suffered while held captive in Syria.

An Apology to Maher Arar -- Moving Beyond the Season of Fear

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 07.21.2012 | Impact
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

On Monday, May 21, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture joins with Amnesty International USA and the Center for Constitutional Rights in delivering more than 60,000 names of people who have signed statements urging President Obama to issue a formal apology to Arar.

Jason Linkins

'Junk-Touching' In Perspective | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What an extraordinary thing it would be if every segment on the news that focused on someone having their wangs touched by the TSA was matched by an interview with Maher Arar.

Prisoners Deserve a Hearing Before Being Sent to Countries That Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Under international law, the United States isn't supposed to transfer anyone to a country where they're likely to face torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. But in the case of Abdul Aziz Naji that's what may happen.

The Hypocrisy (and Holes) in U.S. Torture Laws

Valerie Brender | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Valerie Brender

What happens when a country with a strong constitutional and statutory history of bringing torturers to justice suddenly discovers that its officials were the perpetrators?

United Kingdom to Launch Torture Inquiry; United States Should Follow Suit

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

The new Conservative government in Great Britain announced that it will hold a "judge-led" inquiry into the role played by British officials in human rights abuses committed as part of the Global War on Terror.

The Cancer of Democracy

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

Torture can't be wished away. You can't pretend it never happened. As General Patreaeus put it recently, the effects of torture are "nonbiodegradeable."

In Refusing to Hear My Case, The Supreme Court Has Put the World's Peace and Order in Danger

Maher Arar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maher Arar

Last week the Supreme Court refused to hear my case. This eliminates any remaining hope for me of obtaining justice through the U.S. judicial system against US officials who sent me to Syria to be tortured.

The Arar Affair: Shades of Dreyfus

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

The failure to give Maher Arar his day in court is another shameful episode of how our highest court and the current administration continue to protect the abusers of human rights and of the rule of law who ran amok in the Bush years.

US Refusal to Investigate Torture Lets Other Countries Do it for Us

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

In only looking forward on torture, not back, the Obama administration is reneging on its obligations under the Convention Against Torture, which demands both that torturers be held accountable and that victims receive remedies.

Accountability for Torture: Europe Vs. United States

Amrit Singh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amrit Singh

While the United States may not want to acknowledge how it tore El-Masri's life apart, European pressure may well compel the U.S. to finally come clean.

Think Again: Sotomayor and SCOTUS: Captured on a Carousel of Time

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

The debate over Sotomayor's "priorities" has shed next to no light on the nominee views or decisions, but has proven awfully revealing about the state of conservatives' collective neuroses.

Jason Linkins

NYT Recycles 'Sharp-Tongue' Criticism Of Sotomayor | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I don't think I mentioned it previously, but when President Barack Obama announced that he would be submitting Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge S...

Chaos and Lies: Why Obama Was Right To Halt The Guantanamo Trials

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

In one of his first acts as president, Obama ordered prosecutors in Guantanamo's Military Commission trials to ask for a four-month stay on all proceedings.

Breaking the Law: Bush Officials Feel the Heat

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Wallechinsky

If you happen to be either a terrorist seeking martyrdom or a Bush official who authorized the torture of the accused and would prefer that testimony regarding the torture not surface in a trial.

Those Pesky Activist Judges

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

In a breathtakingly unusual move, a federal appeals court has decided to re-hear the case of the man who has arguably become the poster child for the Bush administration's rendition program.

Extraordinary Rendition and No Apologies

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

Maher Arar, the poster boy for the program of "extraordinary rendition" has again been denied his day in court -- and Congressional efforts are floundering to reign in the Bush administration.