Center for Constitutional Rights

Israel's Actions Against Palestinians Violate Human Rights

It’s been less than a month since Israel launched the most recent phase of its war against Hamas in Gaza on July 8th. More than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed since, and thousands more have been injured. So many of the dead are civilians (according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, civilian casualties account for 85% of all Palestinian deaths) and an astounding number of them (almost 25%) are children whose lives were cut short, many in places where they should have been able to find sanctuary.

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Stop Retaliating Against Louisiana Detention Center Hunger-Strikers

New York – The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), one of seven signatories to a letter sent yesterday to Janet Napolitano, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, decrying conditions at a Louisiana immigration detention center, issued the following statement in response to continued retaliation against detainees there on hunger strike:

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Impeach Torture Architect Judge Jay Bybee

[Editor's note: The following is a message from our friends at The Center for Constitutional Rights.]

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Executive Orders to Close Secret Prisons Mark Beginning of the End of Lawlessness

We welcome the beginning of the end of lawlessness. Under the previous administration, executive orders became synonymous with secrecy, torture and attempts to override the Constitution. It is genuinely uplifting to see them now used to set things right. President Obama's orders today are an important first step in restoring the rule of law; let us take the next steps with great care not to open the way for a return to the darkness of these last years.

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No Justice in Hamdan Verdict

The following is a release by the Center for Constitutional Rights.

August 5, 2008, New York -- In response to the hand-picked military jury's verdict in the Military Commission against Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Shayana Kadidal, Senior Managing Attorney of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative, issued the following statement:
"Hamdan's trial violated two of the most fundamental criminal justice principles accepted by all civilized nations: the prohibition on the use of coerced evidence and the prohibition on retroactive criminal laws.
The decision to keep these cases out of the ordinary criminal courts will produce years of appeals over novel legal issues raised by the untested military commissions system. Even after those appeals are finished, the process will never be seen as legitimate by the world. This case was the first trial run of the commissions system, and the decision proves nothing except that the system itself should be scrapped. Terrorism-related crimes should be tried in the time-tested domestic criminal justice system, a system whose rules have been designed over the centuries with two goals: to seek out the truth and secure justice."
CCR has led the legal battle over Guantanamo for the last six years -- sending the first ever habeas attorney to the base and sending the first attorney to meet with a former CIA "ghost detainee" there. CCR has been responsible for organizing and coordinating more than 500 pro bono lawyers across the country in order to represent the men at Guantanamo, ensuring that nearly all have the option of legal representation. CCR represented the detainees with co-counsel in the most recent argument before the Supreme Court. For more information or to read the amicus brief filed by CCR in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, click here.
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