• 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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  • International Tribunal of Conscience (ITC), Mexico: Confronting Repression Faced by Defenders Fighting for Self-Determination

    International Tribunal of Conscience (ITC), Mexico August 9-20, 2018: Confronting Repression Faced by Defenders Fighting for Self-Determination  By Jose Luis Fuentes The Mesoamerica subcommittee of the NLG International Committee Task Force on the Americas (TFA) has done country investigation in El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico since the strategic planning session in Phoenix.[1]  A decision, among […]

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  • Azadeh Shahshahani: The US role in forced migration from the Middle East

    The following piece was published in English and Arabic on Open Global Rights by Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Project Director of Project South, past president of the National Lawyers Guild and past co-chair of the International Committee. The text is re-published below, or you can visit the original site

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  • Could Israel finally be held accountable?

    By Azadeh Shahshahani and Audrey Bomse The following article, by NLG President Azadeh Shahshahani and Palestine Subcommittee co-chair Audrey Bomse, was published in Al-Jazeera America on July 30: Link to original article: http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/7/could-israel-finally-be-held-accountable.html In a highly unusual pretrial chamber ruling on July 16, International Criminal Court (ICC) judges reversed a decision by the court’s chief […]

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  • Seven key points in U.S.-Cuban Relations

    By Sergio Alejandro Gómez | internet@granma.cu Although talks between the U.S. and Cuba are in themselves a milestone for two countries which have lacked formal ties for more than 50 years, they only mark the beginning of a much longer and complicated process. Granma shares with its readers seven key points which clarify the dimension of […]

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  • Rio minus 20: A Call for Global Grassroots Action

    By Andrew Reid The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 13 to June 22. Andrew Reid, chair of the Environmental Human Rights Committee and the Indigenous Peoples Rights Subcommittee, attended the conference, and the alternative People’s Summit, representing the International Association of […]

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  • Haiti: Don’t Honor Tainted Election

    Brian Concannon and Ira Kurzban, Miami Herald Late last month, Haiti’s government took the undemocratic and dangerous step of excluding 15 political parties, including Haiti’s most popular party, Fanmi Lavalas, from parliamentary elections scheduled for February and March 2010. The decision threatens not only Haiti’s democracy and stability, but billions in foreign investments financed by […]

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  • Wolf and Khalidi: Citizen Action Key to Change

    Thomas Cincotta, NLG IC Staffperson Two Yale and Oxford-educated scholars, Rashid Khalidi* and Naomi Wolf**, addressed one hundred-fifty National Lawyers Guild (NLG) members and concerned citizens on January 23, 2009. Wolf and Khalidi shared their visions of how to restore the Constitution in the United States and achieve freedom for the Palestinian people. The event […]

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  • Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination: Guild participates in UN Review

    Curtis Cooper In 1994, the United States Senate ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (the CERD). Although the United States is supposed to make reports to the UN committee which oversees compliance with the CERD every two years, it did not file its second report until 2007. Mobilization […]

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  • Disturbing the Peace, in Haiti and New Orleans

    Brian Concannon Gerard Jean-Juste, a Catholic priest from Haiti, just does not know when to shut up. In the 1970’s he saw his people starved and persecuted while Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier lived in opulence, so he organized for change. The Duvalier regime responded as dictatorships do, and kicked him out of the country. When […]

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