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National Lawyers Guild Observers Find Salvadoran Elections to be Free and Fair

February 5, 2014

A group of five trained and accredited election monitors from the NLG traveled to El Salvador to observe the first round of the 2014 Presidential elections. The delegates found that the recent electoral reforms supported by President Mauricio Funes facilitated a free and fair process that resulted in a transparent elections process.

National Lawyers Guild Applauds the Compassionate Release of Lynne Stewart

December 31, 2013

On December 31, 2013, Judge John G. Koeltl granted the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) request for the compassionate release of Lynne Stewart. This is heartening news. Ms. Stewart is 74 years old and has terminal cancer with a life expectancy of less than 18 months. She has been serving a ten-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center Carswell (FMC Carswell) in Fort Worth, Texas, in connection with her defense of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.

National Lawyers Guild Observers Question Validity of Honduran Elections

November 26, 2013

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) delegation of 17 credentialed international observers seriously question the validity of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal’s (TSE) preliminary results of Sunday’s national elections in Honduras.

NLG to Send Delegation to Observe Presidential Elections in Honduras

November 19, 2013

On Sunday, November 24, 2013, a delegation of 18 members of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) will serve as official international “accompaniers” to observe the presidential elections in Honduras.

Harper Government Ignores Torture Opponents’ Call to Ban Dick Cheney from Canada or Prosecute Him - Protest on October 31

October 16, 2013

Toronto—Lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild (U.S.), International Association of Democratic Lawyers, European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (Germany), Brussells Tribunal (Belgium), International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq (Iraq, Egypt, Spain), Lawyers Against the War (Canada) and Rights International Spain (Spain) are urging Canada to either bar Dick Cheney from Canada – as a person credibly accused of torture – or to arrest and prosecute him on arrival, as required by the Convention against Torture. A letter from Lawyers Against the War (LAW) sent to Canada’s Prime Minister, Attorney General and Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has been gravely ignored.

NLG Files Petition Against U.S. For Human Rights Violations in Vieques

September 23, 2013

On September 23, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and four legal and human rights groups filed a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against the United States for severe human rights violations in the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. For over 60 years, the United States Navy bombed and used biological and chemical warfare on Vieques as part of its military practices, causing decades of continuous contamination of the land, sea and air. As a result of the Navy’s actions, residents suffer disproportionately from diseases like cancer, hypertension, and respiratory illnesses. The Caribbean Institute for Human Rights (ICADH), the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Western New England School of Law and the Alianza de Mujeres Viequenses joined the NLG on the brief.

NLG Calls on Atty. General Holder to Grant Compassionate Release to Lynne Stewart

September 11, 2013

The National Lawyers Guild, and several legal and social justice organizations, today called on Attorney General Eric Holder to direct the Bureau of Prisons to grant compassionate release to Lynne Stewart, whose medical condition continues to deteriorate.

National Lawyers Guild Opposes Military Action Against Syria

September 5, 2013

NEW YORK – The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls on Congress to vote against the illegal strike on Syria being planned by the administration. NLG president Azadeh Shahshahani said, "The military intervention in Syria is undeniably illegal, and any supposed framework the Obama administration constructs to defend it is based, not upon legality, but upon impunity." The United States is once again poised to violate international and domestic law to impose its will.

In Victory for Student Free Speech, Department of Education Dismisses Complaints

August 29, 2013

Berkeley – Civil rights organizations this week welcomed news that the Department of Education's (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has closed three investigations against three University of California schools, at Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Irvine, which falsely alleged that Palestinian rights activism created an anti-Semitic climate.

National Lawyers Guild Venezuelan Election Monitors Issue Report Concluding that Election Process Was Fair and Transparent

August 27, 2013

New York – National Lawyers Guild (NLG) election monitors from the United States issued their report today, concluding that the 2013 Venezuelan presidential election process was fair, transparent, participatory, and well-organized.

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