by Nicolas Boeglin Professor of International Law, Law Faculty, Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) A collective open letter signed by a great number of professors of international law and researchers entitled « A plea against the abusive invocation of self-defence as a response to terrorism » has been circulating on the web for the last few weeks.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is attempting to persuade the UK parliament to support an extension of UK air strikes, ostensibly aimed at “degrading” ISIS, from Iraq to Syria. However, his argument that the action would have a clear legal basis is, despite the progressive undermining of international law by UK and US governments, denied […]
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency embarked on a highly classified program of secret detention and extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects. The program was designed to place detainee interrogations beyond the reach of law. Suspected terrorists were seized and secretly flown across national borders to be interrogated by foreign governments […]
President Obama said of the children of Newtown, tearfully, that they “had their entire lives ahead of them – birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”
The admission today by the White House that their initial statements regarding the details of Bin Laden’s killing were fabrications are important for human rights investigators to bear in mind. The White House has admitted that the claims (made mainly by chief US counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan) were fabrications, specifically: 1) The claim that Bin […]
Islamic Rules on Burial of the Dead according to Sea Services include: It is obligatory to bury a dead body in the ground, so deep that its smell does not come out and the beasts of prey do not dig it out, and, if there is a danger of such beasts digging it out then […]
Osama Bin Laden and the radical islamic movement of which he was a part were trained and funded by intelligence forces of the US, as a way of undermining the Soviet Union for geo-strategic reasons and because that is the kind of thing intelligence services do. That is a matter of record. Subsequently, Osama Bin […]