Michael Ratner at Justice After Bush Panel, Princeton. Photo by Cheryl Biren
11 May 2016

A Tribute To Radical Human Rights Lawyer Michael Ratner

Michael Ratner, the radical attorney who fought around the world to defend human rights over the past 45 years, died on May 11.

A U.S. Sailor assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion stands watch over a cell block at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while detainees look through magazines and books March 30, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas/Released)
14 Jan 2016

Kept In Guantánamo For Years For Being Yemeni, Ten Captives Released To Oman

With the latest release, Oman has resettled more prisoners from Guantánamo Bay than any other nation. Many were held for years simply for being Yemeni.

A sunset seen through a prison fence topped with barbed wire. (Bureau of Prisons)
29 Oct 2015

Appeal Filed Over Experimental Prison Units That Restrict Prisoners’ Communications

Communications Management Units (CMUs) place harsh restrictions on prisoners’ ability to communicate with the outside world and on visits with loved ones.

Activist and author Will Potter speaks at a previous TED Talk (YouTube).
19 Oct 2015

Will Potter: CMUs Are The Secret Prisons You’ve Never Heard Of Before (VIDEO)

Investigative journalist Will Potter is the only reporter who has been inside a Communications Management Unit, or CMU, a ‘Kafkaesque’ unit in US prisons.

Boots Riley and The Coup perform live in 2011. (Wikimedia Commons / Amelia Kennedy Photography)
30 Sep 2015

Art & Resistance With Boots Riley & Ellen Meeropol (VIDEO)

Boots Riley of the Coup, author Ellen Meeropol, & Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Rachel Meeropol on using art & activism to fight repression.

Activists rallied in front of the Supreme Court on January 11, 2013. Some wore orange prisoner jumpsuits with hoods and two hold a banner that reads "Obama Close GTMO." (Flickr / Stephen Melkisethian)
17 Sep 2015

Lawyer For Guantanamo Inmates Describes Prisoners’ Dreams Of Family, Fresh Air

Omar Shakir, an attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights who has worked on Guantanamo Bay prisoners’ cases, made his first trip to the military prison this month. He shared what struck him most about going to Guantanamo to meet with two prisoners, Ghaleb al-Bihani and Zaher Hamdoun. Shakir described how the men’s faces lit up as they talked about things most humans take for granted, like fresh air, travel, family, and friends.

An activist holds a sign demanding freedom for Tariq Ba Odeh, a prisoner of Guantanamo Bay, at a protest on January 20, 2015. Odeh is gravely ill after a years-long hunger strike. (Flickr Debra Sweet)
14 Sep 2015

Attorneys: U.S. Claims ‘Unchecked Power’ to Keep Gravely Sick Prisoner at Guantanamo

Attorneys for a gravely sick Guantanamo Bay prisoner, who has been on hunger strike for eight and a half years, argue the United States government has “attacked” a federal court’s “Constitutional authority” by claiming “unchecked power” to continue detention and force-feeding. Tariq Ba Odah, a Yemeni prisoner and resident of

Police guard the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, UK on August 16, 2012. Police are on guard outside this embassy 24-hours a day to ensure that Julian Assange does not receive even a moment of freedom or fresh air. (Flickr / κύριαsity)
26 Aug 2015

WikiLeaks Attorneys Oppose Diplomatic Retaliation by UK Against Ecuador

Attorneys for WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange and other staff members of the media organization have condemned the United Kingdom’s diplomatic protest against Ecuador for continuing to provide Assange asylum. According to lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights, the United Kingdom has threatened to storm the Ecuadorean Embassy in clear violation of international law.

Photo licensed under Creative Commons by Ryan J. Reilly
17 Aug 2015

Justice Department: Appeals Court Wrong to Revive Lawsuit Brought by Immigrants Abused After 9/11

The Justice Department has requested a federal appeals court revisit and reverse its decision to revive a lawsuit against former Justice Department officials, who allegedly violated the rights of Arab or Muslim immigrants when they were detained in the immediate months after the September 11th terrorist attacks.