• Observations from the hearing of Father Gerard Jean-Juste

    by Ollie Ruth Jefferson, Attorney at Law PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI – I arrived at the Palace of Justice with Father Gerard Jean-Juste’s lead attorney, Mario Joseph, and three other observers, approximately 15 minutes prior to the hearing. The UN presence was palpable, evident by their blue helmets, with possibly 20 stationed outside the front […]

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  • Cuban Five at the US Social Forum

    Marjorie Cohn On June 28, lead Cuban Five counsel and longtime National Lawyers Guild member Leonard Weinglass and I participated in a workshop at the US Social Forum. Another member of the legal team, attorney Roberto Gonzáles, also spoke. Roberto’s brother René is one of the Five. For more than 40 years, anti-Cuba terrorist organizations […]

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  • Guild Responds to Repression in Oaxaca with Call for Action

    Marjorie Cohn and Jeanne Mirer From June 7 to 11, 2007, NLG President Marjorie Cohn, IADL Secretary General Jeanne Mirer and Oscar Alzaga, President of the Association of Democratic Lawyers of Mexico, went to Oaxaca to discuss ways our organizations could provide concrete support to the lawyers who are defending the victims of government repression […]

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  • Repression in Oaxaca: One Year Anniversary of State’s Bloody Attack on Popular Movements

    Marjorie Cohn There’s an Aztec legend of a warrior who was in love with a princess. When he left to go into battle, the lovers promised each other eternal love. The warrior died in battle, but to fulfill his promise to the princess, he came back as a brilliant orange flower. That flower now graces […]

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  • Guild Lawyers Participate in Human Rights Delegation to Oaxaca; Guild Follows up with Support for Human Rights Organization

    Robin Alexander and Jennifer Harbury Last May some 70,000 teachers in Oaxaca went on strike. Their demands included raising the wages of teachers working in the state to a level commensurate with a higher cost of living, as well as assistance to students from impoverished regions. When their demands were not met, the teachers set […]

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  • Review: Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

    An urgent call by Noam Chomsky to abide by UN Treaties By Curtis Cooper, International Committee Noam Chomsky’s latest book covers a broad theme which is familiar from his previous works, focusing on the role of the United States as a violent global hegemon that threatens the security of both the world it seeks to […]

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  • “I Swore to Uphold the Constitution. Instead, I Disgraced It”

    Vermont Legislature Says Bring Them Home Now! By James Marc Leas, International Committee Member The Vermont Senate and House both passed resolutions “urging the President and Congress to commence immediately the orderly withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq.” The resolutions also both urge Vermont “Governor [James] Douglas to enlist the support of other members […]

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  • What is the Status of LGTB Rights in Cuba & the U.S.A?

    Daniela Castillo What are the most significant differences between LGTB rights in Cuba and the United States? In Cuba Employment: Cuba’s new labor code recognizes sexual orientation as a form of unacceptable discrimination. Gender identity was discussed, but evidently not so far included. Criminalization of Private Sex Acts: According to Dr. Alberto Roque, private homosexual […]

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  • Palestinian Prisoners and International Law

    Audrey Bomse* INTRODUCTION: Since 1967, well over 650,000 Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza have been detained by Israel for resisting the Occupation. This constitutes approximately 20% of the total Palestinian population in the Occupied Territories and 40% of the total male population.[1] Approximately half a million Palestinians have been prosecuted in Israeli courts. […]

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