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NLG Calls on Obama Administration to Cease Impending Punitive Actions and Act Consistently for Normalized Relations with Cuba

November 24, 2015

Just three days before a nearly unanimous vote by the United Nations General Assembly on October. 27 to condemn the continued U.S. embargo of Cuba, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Obama administration to cease awaiting action by Congress, and to use "its expansive authority to allow Cuba to sell" to the U.S. market, and allow U.S. suppliers to sell to Cuba.

Obama: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is on Cuba

The Huffington Post
October 31, 2015

Millions of Americans believe that President Obama has normalized relations with Cuba and ended over 50 years of U.S. efforts to strangle its economy. They might have been puzzled when the United States stood up against every other nation save one, in opposing the UN General Assembly resolution which passed, 191-2, on October 27, 2015. That resolution condemned the continuing U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba.

International Legal and Human Rights Organizations Endorse Palestinian Human Rights Call to Act on UN Gaza Report

As international legal and human rights organizations, we endorse the below statement issued by the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council and urge UN bodies, states and the international community to act on the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict.

NLG International Committee Testimony to UN Decolonization Committee - Hearings on Puerto Rico 6/22/15

Jan Susler, co-chair of the NLG International Committee's Puerto Rico Subcommittee, testified before the United Nations Decolonization Committee, urging that Puerto Ricans be able to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, free of U.S. colonialism June 22, 2015. Read or download the full testimony as PDF here and see the UN's press statement about the heairng at their website here.

Human Rights Groups Submit Complaint to UN re: Israeli Military Arrest, Detention and Indicment of Palestinian Legislator and Activist Khalida Jarrar

London, Ramallah and New York, 16 June 2015 – Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) have submitted a joint complaint to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders (UNSR) concerning the Israeli military arrest, detention and indictment of the Palestinian human rights defender, Ms Khalida Jarrar.

NLG Files Urgent Appeal Request to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Citing Life-Threatening Denial of Medical Care to Mumia Abu-Jamal

May 5, 2015

NEW YORK— Members of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Heidi Boghosian and Natsu Saito, with Kathleen Cleaver of the Human Rights Research Fund, today delivered an Urgent Appeal Request on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal to Juan Méndez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.  The Request addresses the life-threatening denial of medical care to the 61-year-old journalist, political activist, and human rights defender who has been described as “perhaps America’s most famous prisoner.”

NLG Calls for US to Abide by Human Rights Treaty Obligations and Cease Plans to Detain and Deport Thousands of Child Refugees to Central America

July 22, 2014

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) objects to the President’s decision to detain and expedite deportations of thousands of children fleeing persecution and violence in Central America.


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