World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


ADC Petitions Solicitor General

ADC Petitions the Solicitor General to Repudiate Discriminatory Internment Cases of WWII

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | March 26, 2014 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) sent an official request to the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States urging the Solicitor General to repudiate the Japanese American internment cases of World War II. ADC also calls on the Solicitor General to support the Hedges v. Obama plaintiff’s request to the United States Supreme Court to overrule the interment cases and hold them inapplicable as ‘existing laws and authorities’ under the .

In the letter, ADC expressed serious concerns that if the interment cases are not repudiated as existing authority, these cases may be used to justify the detention of Arabs and Arab Americans without due process of law. This is a grave concern for ADC as NDAA enforcement and the detention of alleged terrorist supporters are disproportionately made against Arabs and Arab Americans. The NDAA §1021(e) calls into question the level of due process owed to an American citizen who is merely under suspicion of providing ‘substantial support’ to terrorist organizations.
ADC stated, “The Office of the Solicitor General should make clear that the internment cases cannot be used as valid precedent for the U.S. government or military detention of American citizens without due process under NDAA §1021(e).”
Click here to read the full letter.
Background:
The United States Supreme Court upheld the indefinite detention of Japanese American citizens based on violations of military curfew and exclusion orders in the Karematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, and Minoru Yasui cases of 1943 and 1944. However, these case convictions were based on laws that were clearly motivated by discrimination based on national origin, and thus violated the fundamental right to due process of these American citizens. In the 1980s, the internment cases were reconsidered after research revealed that the government had knowingly presented false charges of disloyalty and espionage. The convictions were set aside because of the egregiously fraud, but the cases were never officially overturned by the Supreme Court and held unconstitutional.
In the 2004 Hamdi v. Rumsfeld case, the Supreme Court of the United States called the Korematsucase a “cautionary tale” that should not be repeated. Further, on January 13, 2014, Minami Tamaki LLP and other legal teams which had previously worked on the internment cases petitioned the Solicitor General to call on the Supreme Court to overrule the interment cases and clarify that these cases are not valid precedent for government or military detention of American citizens.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Peace Deal ‘first Step’ In Resolving South Sudan Crisis

Children at a protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, run by the UN Mission, perform at a special cultural event in March 2015. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine More>>

Yemen: Killing Or Maiming An Average Of Eight Children A Day

Killing or maiming an average of eight children a day, ‘brutal’ Yemen conflict must end – UNICEF More>>

Changing Habits/behaviours Key To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy can be caused by factors such as negative beliefs based on myths, misinformation. Fear of needles can be a factor for refusal. Photo: PAHO/WHO More>>

Burundi: Ban Condemns Assassination Of Senior Army Officer

Refugees from Burundi in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: OCHA/Naomi Frerotte United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination Burundi’s former Army Chief of Staff, Colonel Jean Bikomagu, who ... More>>

Deadly Industrial Explosions In Northern China

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the injuries to scores of people as a result of deadly explosions in Tianjin, China. More>>

UN Urges Action To Tackle Deepening Refugee Crisis In Greece

A group of Syrian refugees arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey, near Skala Sykaminias, Greece. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell More>>

Probe Into Those Responsible For Chemical Weapons In Syria

The US Vessel Cape Ray, on which all 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas were removed from Syria and safely destroyed as the ship sailed in international waters in 2014. Photo: US Dept. of Transportation More>>

Myanmar Election: UNICEF Urges Prioritisation Of Children

With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner More>>

Liberia Thousands Of Unregistered Children Born During Ebola Crisis

Thousands of unregistered children born in Liberia during Ebola crisis at risk of exploitation – UNICEF More>>

UN Refugee Agency Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Myanmar

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt (left) in Myitkyina township, Kachin State, Myanmar, meeting with some of the 100,000 displaced people who currently live there. Photo: UNHCR/T.Stoddart More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news