NEW YORK--On August 22, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and other bar associations sent a letter to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to initiate an investigation of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli leaders and aided and abetted by U.S. officials in Gaza. Under the Rome Statute, the ICC has the power to hold individuals criminally accountable for the most serious of crimes. The letter cites supporting factual allegations for each crime.
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August 22, 2014
On August 4, 2014, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and nine other human rights organizations sent the following letter to President Obama and other White House officials calling for a full, independent investigation into the beating and unlawful detention of 15-year-old Palestinian-American Tariq Abu Khdeir by Israeli police. Read the full press statement about the letter here.
On April 20, 2014, Turkish sociologist and PEN Honorary Member Professor Ismail Beşikçi was prevented from boarding a plane to the United States at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbull, Turkey. This was based on unspecified security reasons, despite having been issued a valid visa to travel by the Department of State.
The Maryland and D.C. Chapters of the NLG, along with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Defending Dissent Foundation (DDF) submitted this letter to the Conference Committee for the Budget of the Maryland General Assembly, expressing concern over the proposed Amendment 923228/1 of Budget Bill SB 170.
The 2013 Convention in Puerto Rico was the first ever NLG Convention held in a U.S. colony. The event's location inspired vibrant discussion about the island's colonial status, as members learned about the Puerto Rican independence movement and the work of political prisoners such as Oscar López Rivera and our keynote speaker, Rafael Cancel Miranda.