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International tribunal holds U.S. and Mexico jointly responsible for crimes against humanity in Mexico

Calls for suspension of all U.S. military and police aid

December 16, 2015

Issues presented included disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Acteal and San Fernando massacres, feminicide and gender violence, militarization of the border, case of the ExBraceros, and abuses against migrant youth...

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NLG Delegation Observes Venezuelan Legislative Elections, Affirms Transparency of Democratic Electoral Process

December 8, 2015

CARACAS, VenezuelaóThe National Lawyers Guild (NLG) sent four members to accompany the National Assembly Elections in Venezuela that took place on December 6, 2015. Guild members collectively visited close to 30 polling centers on the day of the election in eight municipalities, where they observed hundreds of voters participate. The delegation found that there were no instances of fraud or serious irregularities, and overall voter satisfaction with the electoral process.
In the weeks leading up to the elections, both US mainstream media and government officials unreasonably questioned the validity of the Venezuelan electoral process, which has been declared by former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, to be "the best [electoral system] in the world."...

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National Lawyers Guild International ondemns killing of human rights defender Tahir Elci in Turkey

December 4, 2015

Diyarbakir Bar Association President Tahir Elci, a prominent lawyer and human rights defender was shot dead with a single bullet to his head earlier today, on November 28, 2015....

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International observers establish flaws in Haitiís October 25 vote

National Lawyers Guild calls for Independent Investigation


November 25, 2015

(NEW YORK, November 24, 2015) - A new report by international election observers concludes that Haitiís October 25, 2015 presidential and legislative elections fell far short of minimum standards for fair elections, and calls for an independent investigation to address widespread allegations of fraud. "Haitiís next government will lack the democratic legitimacy necessary to govern if the deep flaws in Haitiís October 25 elections are not corrected," warns Nicole Phillips, one of the reportís authors....

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NLG Members Release Film, ZEDEs: Neocolonialism and Land Grabbing in Honduras

November 13, 2015

A delegation from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) traveled to Honduras in August 2015 to produce a film documenting the looming threat of the first semi-autonomous zones, known as Zones for Economic Development and Employment (ZEDEs). The film titled, ZEDEs: Neocolonialism and land grabbing in Honduras is being released today....

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NLG denounces Saudi-led military attack on Yemen, US complicity

November 8, 2015

The National Lawyers Guild's Taskforce for U.S. Accountability in the MENA Region issued the following statement denouncing the Saudi-led war on Yemen and US complicity and involvement:...

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NLG resolution urgently calls on US government to normalize Cuba relations, end persecution of anti-blockade activists

October 31, 2015

The following resolution was passed by the National Lawyers Guild unanimously at its 78th convention, in Oakland, California, on October 24, 2015, reiterating its call to fully end the blockade on Cuba and also demanding an end to the IRS proceedings against the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) and other threats against organizations and people working to end the blockade on Cuba....

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Electoral Delegation to Venezuela: December 2-10, 2015

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. Todayís 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....

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