Migrants hitch rides in the back of trucks as the thousands-strong caravan of Central Americans hoping to reach the U.S. border moves onward from Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Associated Press) A dozen migrants traveling by foot from Honduras to the U.S. to seek asylum filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and others, claiming a violation of their due process under the Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment states that, "no person… shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." A recent PBS report cited former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who ruled in 1993 case that "it is well established that the Fifth Amendment entitles aliens to due process of law in a deportation proceeding." Twelve Honduran nationals, including six children, are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. … [Read more...] about Migrants traveling to US sue Trump, government; claim violation of constitutional rights
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BEIRUT -- The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, even ones that flee abroad to escape their grasp. But they seem to only get bolder in turning to their playbook of detention, threats and killings. That may in part be because, despite decades of talk of human rights in international circles, violations get only muted reproaches. In the United States, the Trump administration avoids strenuous criticism of human rights abuses by allies, like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and the Philippines, or leaders it seeks to cultivate ties with, like Russia, China and North Korea. Trump calls U.S.-Saudi relations "excellent," despite missing journalist President Donald Trump's denunciations of "globalism" and tough stance against the International Criminal Court also have signaled that … [Read more...] about Does the Jamal Khashoggi case show tyrants are enjoying an “age of impunity”?
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. The disappearance of Khashoggi, during a visit to his country’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? less FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. The disappearance of Khashoggi, during a visit to his country’s consulate in ... more Photo: Hasan Jamali, AP FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 file photo, members of the Turkish-Arab Journalist Association hold posters with photos of missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as they hold a protest near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul. The disappearance of Khashoggi, during a visit to his country’s consulate in … [Read more...] about Sense of impunity emboldens autocrats to get rid of enemies
(iStock) Even though it’s a hallmark of the American experiment, religious liberty is, perhaps, one of the most controversial issues in American life today. In the wake of several consequential Supreme Court decisions in the past few years, even some Christians have even branded religious liberty as “the right to discriminate.” But if you, like me, care deeply about human dignity and the flourishing of all members of society, you should care about religious liberty. Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, says, “The right to follow our conscience lies at the center of human dignity and is the core of every other human right.” Why is this true? And why should Christians across the political spectrum fight for religious liberty? Here are three reasons: 1. Religious Liberty is Connected to Human Rights The right to believe is a vital aspect of what it means to be human. We are body, mind, and soul, with a rational ability … [Read more...] about Why religious liberty matters for human dignity
The joy bursting from my inbox Thursday regarding the long-awaited renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was tempered by a harsh reminder of why passage was essential. Sandwiched between e-mails from a buoyant Carol Arthur, executive director of Domestic Abuse Project, and Cheryl Thomas, director of the Women’s Human Rights Program for The Advocates for Human Rights, was another from Ramsey County spokesman Dennis Gerhardstein. His e-mail included the chilling criminal complaint against Jeffrey Dale Trevino, charged Thursday with second-degree murder in the death of his 30-year-old wife, Kira. Our country has made significant progress in understanding and combating sexual and domestic violence, but we’re far from done. The VAWA remains a proclamation from our most powerful lawmakers that such violence is intolerable in the society we strive to be. But it almost didn’t get passed this year. This bill — last re-authorized during a Republican … [Read more...] about Rosenblum: Amid evidence of another woman’s death, happiness over renewal of VAWA