Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009
CCR Praises Obama Orders, Cautions Against Escape Hatch for Torture
In response to President Obama’s signing of new executive orders today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement: We welcome the beginning of the end of lawlessness. Under the previous administration, executive orders became synonymous with secrecy, torture and attempts to override the Constitution. It is genuinely uplifting to see them now used to set things right.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
President Obama Circulates Draft Order to Close Guantánamo
Center for Constitutional Rights attorneys for Guantánamo detainees responded today to portions of President Obama's draft executive order to close the offshore prison camp that appeared in the news. According to accounts, the president will order that Guantánamo "shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order." In addition, President Obama requested yesterday that the notorious military commissions be halted for 120 days while his administration reviews the cases.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Newly Released NYPD Data Shows Shocking Disparity in Stop-and-Frisks
Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released its preliminary analysis of UF-250, or “stop-and-frisk,” data from 2005 to the first half of 2008, the years covering a class action racial profiling lawsuit filed by the Center in early 2008. A ruling last September by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin required the NYPD to make public all stop-and-frisk data from1998 through the present in relation to the case, Floyd v. City of New York . This is the first time this data has been made publicly available.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Mohammed al Qahtani Attorneys’ Statement on Government Official Torture Admission
Center for Constitutional Rights Attorneys for Guantánamo detainee Mohammed al Qahtani released the following statement in response to news stories today reporting that the head of the military commissions at Guantánamo revealed that she would not charge him because his treatment at the base was torture.
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Attorneys Release Detailed Report, Closing Guantánamo Easy as 1-2-3
Today, attorneys for Guantánamo detainees held a conference call to discuss their report on closing Guantánamo , including the newest and most comprehensive numbers and lists of detainee status by nationality. The three simple steps are: 1) send those who can go home home, 2) secure safe haven for those who cannot, and 3) charge those who can be charged and try them in ordinary federal criminal court.
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Friday, January 09, 2009
Court of Appeals Affirms: Material Support Statute, Penalizing Humanitarian Aid, Is Unconstitutional
This week, the full Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit refused to reconsider the ruling of a three-judge panel which held that key provisions of the federal statute that makes it a crime to provide “material support or resources” to any group on a State Department list of designated “foreign terrorist organizations” were unconstitutional.
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
CCR Condemns Israeli Massacre in Gaza and Calls for Just and Lasting Ceasefire
In response to the ongoing atrocities in Gaza, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement: For over 40 years the Center for Constitutional Rights has made it a point to apply an international law analysis to events at home and abroad. In that spirit, CCR condemns the Israeli war crimes against Palestinian civilians in Gaza, which have killed nearly 700 Gazans since December 27, 2008.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
CCR Statement on the Selection of Rev. Rick Warren to Lead the Convocation at the Presidential Inauguration
The Center for Constitutional Rights is outraged at President Obama's choice of the right wing Rev. Rick Warren to lead the convocation at his inauguration. This is "change" we can neither believe in nor support. Many of us have been looking forward to this inauguration as we have no other in the past, with great hope that the new administration will restore our Constitution and its place in a nation of laws. We understand, too, that the new president is working to reach across the aisle and make people of different beliefs welcome at his table.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Rights Groups Demand CIA Turn Over 49 Cables Relating to Use of Waterboarding
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) must turn over information regarding 49 cables it has admitted it has in its possession related to the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, said three prominent human rights groups today.
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