Category Archives: United States

Chemical Weapons Convention

  THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC’S USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS & THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION by Janet Munro-Nelson Posted:  25 September 2014 (Download PDF) Dulce Et Decorum Est …Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!  — An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
 But someone still was yelling out and stumbling, And flound’ring like a […]

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Uighurs in Guantanamo Bay Prison: Innocents or Terrorists?

by Janet Munro-Nelson Posted 29 January 2010 *Updated 21 September 2014 (Download PDF) [NOTE:  This overview of 22 Uighurs in the U.S. Guantanamo Bay Prison was originally written in January 2010.   Shortly after, it was amended when any of the imprisoned Uighurs were released.  It’s been a long road for these men from 2003 when […]

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A REVIEW OF THE U.S. MILITARY COMMISSIONS The History, Developments and Changes since 2001 by Janet Munro-Nelson (Download pdf)

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Broken Laws, Broken Lives

Physicians for Human Rights Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) mobilizes health professionals to advance the health and dignity of all people through actions that promote respect for, protection of, and fulfillment of human rights. PHR has a track record of more than 20 years documenting torture around the world, including in Turkey, Chile, Chechnya, Kosovo, […]

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The Use Of Rape In Armed Conflicts

(Download as pdf) As with other armed conflicts including those of the former Yugoslavia, Dafar, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now Libya, rape is used as a weapon against civilians—especially women and children– by armed groups.  Margot Wallstrom, U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council on […]

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The Tribal Path – Commanding the Prime Battle Space – A More Hopeful Strategy for Afghanistan

(Download pdf) Compiled & written by Ken Guest, RAM Seeger, and Lucy Morgan Edwards Posted 20 May 2010 ABOUT THE AUTHORS Ken Guest is a former Royal Marine and photo-journalist. He has recently been working in Kabul and has now been closely involved with Afghanistan for 29 years.  During their struggle against the Soviets he […]

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Terrorism and Human Rights

by Conor Gearty *Originally published in the journal, “Government and Opposition” Volume 42, No. 3 Summer 2007, p.340-362 (Download pdf) THE PURPOSE OF THIS ESSAY IS TO CONSIDER THE IMPACT ON HUMAN rights of the recent rise in the importance attached to, and the perceived danger arising from, violent acts of terrorism. By ‘human rights’ […]

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The ‘War on Terror’: Do the Rules Need Changing?

by Professor Charles Garraway Chatham House September 2006 Posted: THE BEACON – April 2009 (Download pdf) INTRODUCTION The National Defense Strategy of the United States opens with the sentence ‘America is a nation at war’.  It goes on to say that: ‘Today’s war is against terrorist extremist networks including their state and non-state supporters.’ This […]

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The Prohibition of Torture and Other Abusive Treatments

The Legal, Moral and Ethical Reasons on why the United States Should Never Use Physical or Mental Abuse On Any Individual It Detains Outside the United States by Janet Munro-Nelson Posted December 2007; Updated July 2008 (Download pdf) Prior to September 11, 2001, the United States was one of the leading voices against the use […]

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Demographics of Guantanamo Bay Prison

by Janet Munro-Nelson Posted August 2008; Updated May 2011 (Download pdf)   I.  THE HISTORY OF U.S. CONTROL OF GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA The United States joined the Cubans in their war against their colonial ruler, Spain, in February 1898 after the U.S. warship, the U.S.S. Maine, was blown up by the Spanish in Havana harbour.  […]

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