Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project (a United State Supreme Court case)

Judge Fertig, president of the Humanitarian Law Project, taught Conflict Resolution to Kurdish people in Turkey – the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has been designated a “terrorist” group by the U.S. State Department. This is the first case to challenge the PATRIOT ACT on its vague language and encroachment on Freedom of Speech.

On June 21st, 2010, The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-to-3 opinion, rejected the Freedom of Speech argument and declared that any assistance to PKK is equivalent to bolstering the terrorist activities of that organization. The dissenting opinion was formed by Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Sonia Sotomayor. The ramifications of this decision have received wide criticism from many NGO groups, including former President Jimmy Carter of the Carter Center, Swiss NGO Geneva Call, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Judge Fertig and ACLU attorney Ahelan Arulanlan discussed the United States Supreme Court case, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project on July 24, 2010, in Los Angeles, California.


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