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International Law

The Bipartisan Congressional Attack on Human Rights and International Law

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Leading Democrats in Washington have joined Republicans in claiming that the people killed and the dwellings destroyed from Israeli bombing and shelling were legitimate acts of self-defense against military targets and dismissing reports by reputable Israeli and international human rights groups saying otherwise.

Report Alleges Human Rights Abuses at DHS Facilities on the Mexican Border

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Detainees at short-term Department of Homeland Security facilities in Southern Arizona have faced "a long term pattern of human rights violations" according to a report released today.

Nicaragua's Proposed Interoceanic Canal: A Threat to the Environment and Indigenous Rights

Hazel Guardado | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Hazel Guardado

It is clear that Nicaragua, as the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western hemisphere, is in need of economic development. But what should development efforts look like?

Progressives Decry Obama as a Lawbreaker

Kevin Price | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Before Barack Obama was even elected he was called a "law breaker" by many Americans who didn't believe the Senator had met the basic requirement of ...

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Is a Success, Even If Others Have Trouble Admitting It

Kip Hale | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Kip Hale

The ECCC, on balance, is a major success for international criminal justice. The longevity of the international human rights and rule of law movement depends on building on such successes, while understanding the challenges in their context.

'Torturing Some Folks'

David Coleman | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
David Coleman

President Obama is being praised by some for use of the term "torture" during a recent press conference when he referred to post-9/11 interrogation techniques employed on behalf of our government.

Who's Guarding Whom? Private Security Contractors and the Need for Government Action

Amol Mehra | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Private security contractors employed by the U.S. government abroad, for example, have been implicated in serious human rights violations, ranging from destruction of property to torture and human trafficking.

Making Justice a Reality Where It Counts

Paul Seils | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Seils

Citizens must see social institutions at work in their home countries, as it is there that courts can repudiate wrongdoing and reaffirm the most fundamental elements of the contract that binds a society together. It is there that having the dignity of a citizen can have its fullest meaning.

The United States, BNP Paribas and French Sovereignty

Salim Lamrani | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

By meekly complying to Washington's injunctions France has renounced its independence and permanently tarnished its image on the international scene.

Living With the Bomb, Pyongyang Style

Thomas H. Lee | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Thomas H. Lee

The Korean War started 64 years ago today on June 25, 1950. The time has come for the United States and the rest of the world to accept that North Korea has, or will soon have, nuclear weapons

Time to Enforce the Security Council's Syria Resolution

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the human rights community, this could be the start of a more rigorous effort to aid millions of Syrian's trapped in the fighting.

Results of the UN CCW Meeting on Killer Robots

Heather Roff | Posted 07.17.2014 | Technology
Heather Roff

This past week, state delegates to the United Nations (UN) convened under the auspices of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) to listen to ex...

The Nigerian Government Should Be Held Accountable for Its Failure to Act

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

The international community needs to send a strong message to Nigerian officials: Your government and military will be held responsible for any harm that may befall these girls as a result of your failure to act in a timely manner.

Stop the War on International Law

Don Kraus | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Don Kraus

Whether you care about stopping climate change, getting rid of nuclear weapons, ending genocide or support human rights for all, it is past time to acknowledge and stop our self-destructive war on international law.

International Law's Legacy vs. The Cases of Ukraine and Syria

Karen J. Alter | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Karen J. Alter

If we accept that violations of the law will exist, we must also accept that the failure to remedy violations will sow doubt. And sometimes people will get away with murder even if they should not.

Obama to Putin: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Dear President Obama: It is important to remember that whatever moral leverage you may have had in the court of world opinion has been sacrificed by the precedents set by previous American presidents who did not do what you say Mr. Putin should do -- obey international law.

From Stop-and-Frisk to Guantánamo: US Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny at UN

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

As the Obama administration continues rallying its allies to hold Russia to its international law obligations in Ukraine, the international community had an opportunity this week to turn the magnifying glass the other way and question the U.S. government.

Russia Plays the Anti-Semitism Card

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

This is a critical moment for the international community. Allowing false claims about the mistreatment of different groups to justify military action against all the rules of international law can set a precedent for other volatile areas around the globe.

An Illegal and Inhuman Practice: We Must Stop Shackling of Pregnant Incarcerated Women

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Negar Mortazavi

With only 5 percent of the world's population, the United States has 25 percent of the world's incarcerated persons. As members of a society that has the highest rate of incarceration, it is our moral and ethical duty to question the treatment of individuals behind prison walls.

Crisis in Ukraine: a Cascade of Many International Law Violations

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Boris Mamlyuk

Despite the centrality of international law to the ongoing crisis, there has been remarkably little substantive discussion regarding the precise conventions, norms, and principles of international law at issue.

Why 'Beating' a Russian Cyber Assault on Ukraine Is Trickier Than You Might Think

Heather Roff | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Heather Roff

There are reports that Russian troops are using jamming equipment to disrupt communication between Ukraine forces, and that Russian troops allegedly cut Internet cables inside Crimea.

Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a "breach of international law." Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama.

Where Will U.S. Torturers Be Held Accountable?

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

Obama declared at the start of his presidency that, when it comes to holding U.S. officials accountable for torture, we must "look forward not back." While he has failed to close Guantánamo or usher in a new era of government transparency, Obama has managed to keep this one promise: fostering impunity for torture.

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Allowing these war crimes allegations to go unaddressed would undermine important international legal norms while rendering true reconciliation in the country an even more remote prospect.

Addressing War Crimes in Former Yugoslavia

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Yugoslavia fell apart in stages, and violence accompanied each of these stages. To assess these crimes and determine culpability, even as the wars continued to rage, the United Nations established the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 1993. It was the first war crimes tribunal since the end of World War II.