On February 10, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, a wihte man and self-described "anti-theist" shot and killed Razan Abu-Salha (19), Yusor Abu-Salha (21), and Deah Barakat (23) in their home at point-blank range. On Feburary 13, the NLG joined 149 civil rights and faith organizations in calling for the initiation of a federal hate crime investigation in a letter initiated by Muslim Advocates to Attorney General Eric Holder.
The NLG Mass Incarceration Committee (MIC) submitted public comments to the FCC suggesting recommendations to reform Inmate Call Services (ICS), including: (1) Ban commissions and other payments to correctional facilities; (2) Cap the rate for all interstate and intrastate ICS phone calls; and (3) Eliminate ancillary charges.
January 12, 2015
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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.