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Supreme Court Hearing Arguments on Ashcroft, Mueller Immunity  

Supreme Court Hearing Arguments on Ashcroft, Mueller Immunity
By Warren Richey, Christian Science Monitor
The justices will decide whether senior Bush administration officials were responsible for detainee mistreatment after 9/11. Read more »

 

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and, as any regular reader of this newsletter knows, the United States has a long way to go in living up to the ideals that inspired it. But the good news is that people all over the country and all over the world are finding new ways to fight for justice. One remarkable group named WITNESS, has managed to harness the power of video technology to advance the fight for human rights, from Burma to Afghanistan. Go here to watch a video they produced in honor of this day, which asks: "What image opened your eyes to human rights?"

Thanks for reading,

Liliana Segura

Editor, Rights & Liberties Special Coverage

 

Blackwater Operatives Indicted for Slaughter of Iraqi Civilians  

Blackwater Operatives Indicted for Slaughter of Iraqi Civilians

A U.S. court indicted 5 Blackwater mercenaries on multiple charges stemming from the Nisour Square attacks. Read more »

Should a Terminally Ill Prisoner Have to Die Behind Bars?  

Should a Terminally Ill Prisoner Have to Die Behind Bars?

Montell Johnson was sent from California to Illinois to be executed. His sentence was commuted. Now he's dying from medical neglect. Read more »

9/11 Conspirators to Plead Guilty  

9/11 Conspirators to Plead Guilty

Are Khalid Sheikh Mohamed and his co-defendants focusing on their pursuit of martyrdom? Read more »

Former U.S. Interrogator: Torture Policy Has Led to More Deaths than 9/11 Attacks  

Former U.S. Interrogator: Torture Policy Has Led to More Deaths than 9/11 Attacks

"How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me," says the author of How to Break a Terrorist. Read more »

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Turns 60  

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Turns 60

The United States was a driving force in the creation of the UDHR. But our practices have too often fallen short of the ideals for which it stands. Read more »

Gun Crazy: Firearms Proponents Want a World Where College Kids Carry Concealed Weapons  

Gun Crazy: Firearms Proponents Want a World Where College Kids Carry Concealed Weapons

The NRA and Co. have pushed campaigns to allow concealed-weapons permits on college campuses in 15 states this year and failed in all of them. Read more »

Ban the Cluster Bomb  

Ban the Cluster Bomb

More than 100 countries have agreed to stop using them. Guess which one hasn't. Read more »

  PEEK and Video: The hottest buzz and videos on the web  

What Image Opened Your Eyes to Human Rights?  

What Image Opened Your Eyes to Human Rights?

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th. A look at images that opened our eyes. Read more »

Online Journalists Now Most Jailed Worldwide  

Online Journalists Now Most Jailed Worldwide

"More Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium." Read more »

Why the U.S. Has a Quarter of the World's Prisoners  

Why the U.S. Has a Quarter of the World's Prisoners

Our country is creating criminals, not citizens. Read more »

 

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