Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute (MCLI) uses law to promote fundamental human rights within the United States. For 45 years, MCLI has challenged domestic human rights violations such as denial of freedom of speech, environmental racism, violence against women, labor abuses, and discrimination and unequal access to necessities such as housing, health care and education. In recent years MCLI has focused on advocacy for the enforcement of U.S.-ratified international human rights treaties.

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Founded in 1965, MCLI has become part of the infrastructure of the peace and justice community, empowering people to protect and expand their rights under law. Meiklejohn is a center for peace law, an organizer for the right to education, an information clearinghouse on social change, an advocate of government accountability, a training center, and repository of history. It has been called a “Civil Liberties Church” and a think tank combining archives and ongoing research.

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Connecticut Supreme Court Says State Cops Can Detain You Simply For Being In The Vicinity Of Someone They’re Arresting

from the serving-up-retcons-and-rights-removal dept Gideon, the pseudonymous public defender who blogs at A Public Defender, has a thorough rundown of a very disturbing ruling recently issued by the Connecticut Supreme Court. It involves every Connecticut citizens’ civil liberties, which have now been thrown under a bus bearing the name “officer safety.” The court’s decision basically …

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Carte Blanche for War Crimes Passes Senate Unanimously

Logically enough, under present conditions of mostly indiscriminate killing, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva met in special session to consider this war crimes question on July 23. The council reviewed and later adopted a resolution captioned: “Ensuring respect for international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.” The lone vote …

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