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February 25, 2011
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Spanish Judges Rule Case on US Torture Can Continue
CCR Hails Major Victory for Accountability
NEW YORK - February 25 - In response to news that the full panel of Judges of the Audencia Nacional (Spain’s High Court) rejected a Spanish prosecutor’s effort to stop an investigation into the role of US officials for torture on Guantanamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has submitted many papers in this and a related case in Spain, released the following statement
This is a monumental decision that will enable a Spanish judge to continue a case on the “authorized and systematic plan of torture and ill treatment” by
For more information and filings related to the Spanish cases, both the above torture case and the Bush 6 case looking into the role of the lawyers in the torture program, visit the Spanish case page on the Center for Constitutional Rights web site.
CCR has also filed cases against Donald Rumsfeld in Germany and France, and, on February 7, released a Bush Torture Indictment under the Convention Against Torture in advance of the former president’s planned trip to Switzerland which was cancelled to avoid possible legal action. The Bush Torture Indictment stands ready to be tailored to the specific laws of any of the 147 signatory countries to the Convention Against Torture where he may travel. CCR’s partner in these cases is the
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.
3 Comments so far
Posted by Jill
Feb 25 2011 - 4
YES! I'm glad we don't own every judicial entity in the world! There must be justice for those the
Posted by Archie1954
Feb 25 2011 - 6
It is essential that this information be widely disseminated. americans are ignorant of what is actually happening in the world and depend much too much on The US MSM which doesn't tell the turth or coveniently misses the story. It is also important to hold governments responsible for maintaining the independance of their judiciaries. Any attempt as in
Posted by nagamaki
Feb 26 2011 - 1
This is the only way to begin reversing all of the nonsense that is happening here in the
Why Aung San Suu Kyi wants to keep sanctions on Burma
Some analysts warn that democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-sanctions strategy may lose steam as
Three months after her release from house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi is back in the spotlight in Burma (
Ms. Suu Kyi emerged as a democracy leader during a popular uprising in 1988 that was later put down by the military. She has long been a thorn in the side of
In 2007, a monk-led protest movement in several cities sparked by rising fuel prices met a violent end. In an interview last week with
"But on the other hand, one cannot say that the Burmese Army is always going to shoot at the people,” she told the Globe and Mail.
Burma’s media have blocked all news about Egypt and other revolts, according to analysts and diplomats.
The row over sanctions
Since her release in November, Suu Kyi has focused on rebuilding her National League for Democracy (NLD) party and has made few public speeches. She hasn’t traveled outside
The row over sanctions comes as
Last month, opposition parties in the parliament called for an end to sanctions as a way of easing the economic burden on
In an internal review, the EU recently found that its sanctions had failed to achieve their political goals and had “undoubtedly contributed to the stagnation and continuing impoverishment of the people.” The EU review, which was obtained by the Monitor, also concluded that nonstatutory curbs on multilateral aid to
But the NLD has argued that it was too soon to lift sanctions. In a Feb. 8 statement, it claimed that economic conditions had “not been affected by sanctions to any notable degree” and blamed the military for acute poverty and poor governance. It said it was ready for talks with Western governments on how the restrictions could eventually be modified with a view to improving human rights.
Analysts say Suu Kyi sees sanctions as her political leverage in
Her supporters argue that the regime desperately wants to lift sanctions and had hoped that her release would trigger a change in Western policy. They say this explains why state media went on the offensive against the NLD when it stuck to its guns.
A Feb. 13 commentary that ran in several newspapers attacked the NLD’s pro-sanctions stance and warned of a “tragic end” for the party and its leader. In response, a
Some analysts warn that Suu Kyi’s strategy may lose steam as
Thant Myint-U, a historian, said the government’s wish to see sanctions lifted must be set against Western demands for political reforms. “I think their default approach will be to try and make Western sanctions irrelevant, through expanding ties with
“Going after the money of the leaders, tracking it, tracing it, sends the signal to potential business partners that their best interests aren’t served by their support or proximity to the regime,” he wrote by e-mail.
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