• NLG urges ratification of CEDAW

    The National Lawyers Guild sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on November 16, 2010 urging that the U.S. ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Signed by NLG President David Gespass, the letter points out that the U.S.’s claimed commitment to women’s rights […]

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  • NLG joins in Universal Periodic Review of US human rights compliance

    The National Lawyers Guild participated with more than 300 organizations, including the US Human Rights Network and the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers Network, to promote the use of international law and the human rights framework and advocate for US ratification of treaties that recognize economic, social and cultural rights. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) […]

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  • NLG and Committees Submit and Contribute to Reports of US Human Rights Review

    The NLG, its International Committee, and Labor and Employment Committee all submitted reports to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of the U.S., scheduled for late November of 2010. The NLG reports are posted here and some of the reports posted by […]

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  • Toolkit for Local Resolutions Calling for Senate/Presidential Ratification of the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)

    This is a packet of information and a suggested/model resolution for human rights activists/Guild Chapters, including law school chapters, to use in their local jurisdictions to promote a HUMAN RIGHTS framework for collective/governmental responsibility for peoples’ health care, housing, education, jobs and the safety net that allows people to live a dignified existence in an […]

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  • It’s Not Enough to Proclaim Human Rights: We Must Enforce Them and Compel Action

     NLG Attends IADL Conference on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Thomas Cincotta, Paris, 11-12 December 2008 On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, progressive lawyers from around the world met in Paris to reflect on the current state of human rights and the challenges that lay before […]

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  • Universal Declaration at 60

    Human Rights activists around the world celebrate the UDHR this December 2008 Schools, community groups, and organizations around the world will be marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) this week. A brief search on the internet shows symposiums and conferences scheduled for universities, such as at Harvard. NLG representatives […]

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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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  • Committee Participates in International Tribunal on Katrina and Rita

    Jury Finds Bush, Blanco, Nagin Committed Crimes against Humanity Between August 29, 2007 and September 2, 2007, a Tribunal of 16 esteemed jurists from nine countries, including Algeria, Brazil, France, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, and the United States, convened in New Orleans to hear testimony by experts and survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and […]

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  • Torture on Trial in Arizona: Motion to Dismiss Memo Gives Shocking Overview of Torture Training

    Bill Quigley I am representing two priests in a federal criminal trial for protesting outside Ft. Huachuca, AZ – home of Military Intelligence. They were protesting the interrogation training that goes on there in light of its effects at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. Torture Trial Memo The following memo is an overview of the teaching […]

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