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September 12, 2015
Venezuela has been at the forefront of sweeping changes in Latin America. Its Bolivarian Revolution heralded in a transformative decade that propelled millions of Venezuelans out of poverty, and inspired other democratic revolutions throughout the continent. Today’s Latin America looks nothing like it did 15 years ago: tens of millions of citizens have unprecedented access to education, health care, and dignified housing....
September 12, 2015
The NLG and NLG-NYC Chapter are co-convenors of the International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in Movement (ITCPM) to take place in New York City, September 25-27, 2015. The Tribunal coincides with the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping and forced disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa....
August 22, 2015
The NLG, American Association of Jurists, and International Association of Democratic Lawyers have sent a letter to Foreign Policy in response to Venezuela's right-wing leader Leopoldo López's request that the magazine retract or publish a rebuttal to Roberto Lovato's recent piece, "The Making of Leopoldo López". Read the full letter to Foreign Policy below....
August 15, 2015
The National Lawyers Guild urges the immediate release of hunger-striking Palestinian lawyer and administrative detainee, Muhammed Allan, as he nears death in his third month on open hunger strike. Allan is now in a coma and attached to a ventilator. He is threatened with force-feeding at any moment under the new Israeli "Law to Prevent Harm Caused by Hunger Strikers," passed last month, which legalizes its use against hunger striking prisoners....
By charlotte kates
August 6, 2015
The National Lawyers Guild, along with a number of prominent legal and human rights organizations, issued a statement of support for Palestinian human rights organizations' call for international action on the UN's Gaza commission report, in particular action by the International Criminal Court....
By Azadeh Shahshahani and Audrey Bomse
July 31, 2015
The following article, by NLG President Azadeh Shahshahani and Palestine Subcommittee co-chair Audrey Bomse, was published in Al-Jazeera America on July 30:...
July 30, 2015
Washington, DC – July 29, 2015 – Yesterday, on the 5th Anniversary of the UN General Assembly resolution on the human right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation, the US Human Rights Network, along with more than twenty U.S. grassroots and national groups including the National Lawyers Guild, individuals, and universities filed a request for a hearing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), a regional human rights commission, regarding the human right to water in the United States....
July 30, 2015
There is growing concern that Egypt Intends to Execute Dr. Morsi and others: Press Conference at 12 noon on July 30, 2015 Lexington Hotel, 511 Lexington Avenue at 48th St. New York, NY 10017...
The NLG International Committee (IC) supports legal work around the world "to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests." As lawyers, law students, and legal activists, we seek to change U.S. foreign policy that threatens, rather than engages, or is based on a model of domination rather than respect. The Guild provides assistance and solidarity to movements in the United States and abroad that work for social justice in this increasingly interconnected world.
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November 20, 2015 - November 22, 2015
Where: Fort Benning, Georgia
This November 20-22, 2015, we will return to the gates of Fort Benning to take a stand for justice and accountability.More information
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