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The New York City Bar Association has written to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in support of the expansion of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)’s mandate to monitor and report on human rights violations in the territory of Western Sahara occupied by Morocco and the Tindouf refugee camps governed by the Polisario.< Continue reading

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On April 23rd, the New York City Bar Association hosted a public forum called “LGBT Rights as Human Rights: Recent Legal Developments in Africa,” which considered developments in LGBT rights in relation to legislation in Africa that criminalizes same-sex activity or organizing on behalf of LGBT people.< Continue reading

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The New York City Bar Association sent a letter today to the members of the United Nations Security Council, urging that they act on a resolution before them addressing widely-reported gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the government of Syria against civilians by referring such conduct to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation. < Continue reading

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The extensive use of supermax confinement in the United States prison system violates basic human rights and is in need of reform, argues a report issued by the New York City Bar Association. < Continue reading

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The New York City Bar Association has sent a letter to the Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force, Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalif, urging Bahraini authorities to respect the fundamental rights of its citizens and the role of lawyers during the current unrest. <
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The New York City Bar Association has sent a letter to China’s Ministry of Justice expressing its “grave concern with respect to reports over the past several weeks that lawyers in various parts of China have been harassed, beaten, and detained at the hands of agents of the government.” < Continue reading

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In a letter sent to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the New York City Bar Association expresses “profound concern” with Section 1116 of the 2011 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (“Section 1116”), which, if it becomes law, would terminate funding for the transfer of a non-citizen to the United States for any purpose, thereby preventing Guantanamo detainees from being tried in Article III courts for offenses related to the events of September 11, 2001. Section … Continue reading

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In blocking Mo Shaoping and He Weifang from attending the International Bar Association meeting in London today, the Chinese government continues an unworthy pattern of harassment of Chinese lawyers who have the courage to provide representation to disfavored clients. Mo Shaoping has been targeted in the past, as noted in a City Bar Association report issued in May 2010 that describes in detail the treatment of lawyers in China. The world’s largest country must have a justice system that the … Continue reading

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