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  • The Debt of Justice: Delay in Berta Cáceres case causes concern

    Paris, Tegucigalpa – May 29, 2019.- Six months ago today, seven men were found guilty of the murder of indigenous Lenca leader and human rights defender Berta Caceres and the attempted murder of Mexican environmental activist, Gustavo Castro who was also injured in the attack on March 2, 2016. Members of the Mission that observed […]

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  • New article focuses on prisoner hunger strikes and the globalized use of force-feeding

    Azadeh Shahshahani of Project South, past president of the National Lawyers Guild, and Priti Arvind Patel of the Capitol Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition authored a new article in the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, published at University of Michigan Law School: “From Pelican Bay to Palestine: The Legal Normalization of Force-Feeding Hunger-Strikers.” Hunger-strikes present […]

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  • Police invade Venezuelan embassy, arrest protectors in violation of Vienna Convention

    On Thursday, May 16, Washington DC Metropolitan Police invaded the Venezuelan Embassy, arresting four Embassy Protection Collective civilian activists present at the invitation of the Venezuelan government. This action was carried out in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, both treaties ratified by the U.S. that […]

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  • Announcing National Lawyers Guild delegation to Colombia: August 3-10, 2019

    The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) announces its upcoming delegation to Colombia to be held from August 3 – 10, 2019. This delegation continues the Guild’s on-going solidarity work in Colombia and Latin America, particularly given Colombia’s geopolitical importance, the rise of the far right in the region and the increasing political and military alliance with […]

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  • SIGN ON: Letter to U.S. Government Denouncing Attacks on Venezuelan Embassy

    Sign on to the letter at bit.ly/VZembassy. Download the letter and see the full list of signatories here (list in formation). Full text of the letter is below. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo U.S. Special Representative to Venezuela Elliott Abrams U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Randolph D. Alles, Director William J. Callahan, Deputy […]

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  • National Lawyers Guild International Statement on the Venezuelan Embassy and U.S. Sanctions

    The National Lawyers Guild International Committee unequivocally condemns the threats posed by the government of the United States and Washington D.C. Police Department to the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.  We also condemn the unilateral financial sanctions imposed by the U.S. government intended to force “regime change” in Venezuela by limiting people’s access […]

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  • NLG launches new Hawaiian Kingdom Subcommittee

    At the International Committee weekend retreat in the Bay Area in March 2019, the IC launched a new subcommittee, the Hawaiian Kingdom Subcommittee. Read on to learn more about the subcommittee’s work. To reach out or join the subcommittee, contact co-chairs Martha Schmidt, Keanu Sai and Steve Laudig. There is a common misconception that the Hawaiian […]

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  • Statement and Action: Stop the Takeover of the Venezuelan Embassy

    The National Lawyers Guild International Committee is an endorser of the following statement from the Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz), a grassroots movement of people who are staying in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC to protect it from takeover by the opposition. Individuals and organizations are invited to sign on to the […]

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  • NLG & Project South File Amicus Brief Challenging Arkansas’ Anti-BDS Bill

    The National Lawyers Guild and Project South have filed an amicus brief in Arkansas Times, LP v. Mark Waldrip, et. al, challenging Arkansas’ Anti-BDS law. The case is on appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Such anti-boycott laws which trample upon the First Amendment have passed in dozens of states across the country […]

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  • NLG International Committee urges protection for Colombian human rights lawyers

    The International Committee of the National Lawyers Guild sent the following letter to Colombian President Ivan Duque, urging protection for human rights lawyers involved in the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. Like other human rights defenders in Colombia, their lives are at risk for the work that they do. The letter was sent by Natasha Lycia […]

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