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Hamas has executed more than 30 Gazan Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel, according to Palestinian news sources. Click here to read the story.

Preserving Memory and Pursuing Justice

Some have been forced from their homes in waves of mass displacement. Others have lost family members to decades of violence. And others still have suffered sexual violence in the context of armed conflict. Though their stories may differ, they are all here for a shared purpose: a tireless pursuit for peace and justice. Over [...]

Want Safer Communities? Throw Fewer People Behind Bars

Before he started singing with muppets, John Oliver showed us a lot of boxes Cheerios. This was in the second minute of his epic rant on the state of the U.S. criminal justice system last week. Varieties of Cheerios – from "Frosted"Show More Summary

The Problem With Both "Pro-Israel" and "Anti-Israel"

I n a typically thoughtful piece today, Jonathan Chait explains why he has "grown less pro-Israel over the last decade." I want to push back on this a bit, not because I disagree with any of the particular points Chait makes, but because of the broad framing. Show More Summary

Will the President of Myanmar Keep His Promise?

Until these laws are rewritten in a way that cannot be interpreted objectively or in accordance with the whims of the day, Myanmar will not be able to move forward.

How to Save $24 Billion and Fix Our Broken Justice System

Here's a hypothetical for you: Someone approaches you on the street and offers you a big stack of cash with no strings attached. Do you take it? Of course you do. As much as we'd like to pretend otherwise, money matters. And that's why...Show More Summary

An Evening Stroll, a Volley of Fire: A Senseless Death in Mexico

On the night of October 10, 2012, U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. At the time of the shooting, Jose Antonio was unarmed and walking peacefully down a major street in Nogales, Mexico, directly across from the metal border fence separating the United States and Mexico. Show More Summary

The Senate Jumps into the Race to Rein in NSA Surveillance

The race is on. Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced today a new version of the USA Freedom Act to rein in NSA surveillance, and only 10 legislative days remain to get it through the Senate before the November elections. To put this in historical...Show More Summary

The Limits of American Power: Judging Obama's Foreign Policy

  AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo U.S. Army soldiers salute American flags at a ceremony at Camp Liberty in Baghdad on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.  This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. W hen I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Show More Summary

Mass Atrocity Monday, 7/28/2014

No new content today, because I am en route to Congo, but if you want to catch up on any mass atrocities you might have missed: 1/20/2014: Afghanistan secret police killings 2/3/2014: Somoza war crimes trials 2/17/2014: Somaliland massacres 3/3/2014: Discussion of “The Act of Killing” … Continue reading ?

‘Nowhere in Gaza is Safe’: Fieldworker Tells of Life Under Bombs

The danger is when you feel that every house you are in could be targeted next. But I believe my work is important - regardless of the danger, it’s essential for the truth to come out.

Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

As Congress debates how to respond to children's migration from Central America, we must not forget that Customs and Border Protection is in dire need of improved oversight and accountability. Here are three examples of how the system...Show More Summary

How Surveillance is Changing Journalism and the Law

If I can't report a story without keeping a source safe, I'm not going to report a story. – Jonathan S. Landay, Senior national security and intelligence correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers It turns out that surveillance affects more...Show More Summary

U.S. Restricts Police Aid to Africa Over Effects of Anti-LGBT Law

As the U.S.-Africa Summit approaches, it will be interesting to see how both the administration and African states respond to this issue.

What You Need to Know About the U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis

Violence is a predominant factor in what has become a forced displacement situation. Yet Obama continues to assert that the government will return the overwhelming majority of these children.

500 Days Later: Where is Sombath?

Ng Shui–Meng has spent over 500 days demanding an explanation for the disappearance of her husband.

#AskYanar: Your Chance to Connect with an Iraqi Women’s Rights Activist

As violence in Iraq escalates, reports on the country’s new conflict may be a bit confusing. Since the beginning of the crisis, our partner Yanar Mohammed, President of Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), has provided us with on-the-ground accounts of the hardships and danger Iraqi women and families are facing. Now, we want to [...]

Cabinet Reshuffle, Legal Aid Residence Test and DRIP – the Human Rights Roundup

Welcome back to the UK Human Rights Roundup, your regular fracktastic frisson of human rights news and views. The full list of links can be found here. You can find previous roundups here. Links compiled by Adam Wagner, post by Celia Rooney. In recent weeks, the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle has sparked fears of human rights […]

Article 2 and combat immunity – where next after Al-Skeini and Susan Smith?

R(Long) v Secretary of State for Defence [2014] EWHC 2391 (Admin) – read judgment When will a court order an inquiry into the deaths in combat of soldiers serving overseas? Following recent judgments of the English and Strasbourg courts extending the application of the European Convention on Human Rights to zones of armed conflict overseas […]

HRA damages awarded in date rape cases

DSD and NVB v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2014] EWHC 2493 (QB), Green J  - read judgment This is an important summary of the principles applicable to HR damages, particularly in circumstances where there have been other payments already made arguably in respect  of the acts in question. So it should be first […]

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