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Second Trial Against Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Begins
October 17th, 2014
The second trial against former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan began on October 17, 2014. The trial will address a wider scope of charges against the two leaders, including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and forced marriage. This will be the final trial against the two senior leaders. To learn more about the trial, click here.
CJA Announces New Executive Director
Human rights leader Dixon Osburn has been named the new Executive Director of CJA. We are excited to welcome Dixon, an experienced, visionary leader with a long-life passion for, and commitment to, human rights. Dixon has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, leader, manager, political strategist, and fundraiser. Click here to read more.
"Baby Doc" Duvalier Dead at 63: Death Cheats Justice
October 6th, 2014
Notorious Haiti dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier died on October 4, 2014. His death cuts short a long overdue trial for crimes against humanity that held a glimmer of hope for his victims. Under Duvalier’s command, an estimated 300 to 4,000 political prisoners were held incommunicado in a network of prisons. Many died from torture, starvation, denial of medical care, or summary execution. With Duvalier’s death, his prosecution in Haiti will no doubt be closed, but Haiti’s reckoning with its troubled past must not end. Click here to read more.
Spanish Court Decision Marks Victory for Universal Jurisdiction
October 3rd, 2014
In a major reversal of recent legislation that curtailed Spanish jurisdiction over international crimes, the Spanish National Court has decided unanimously that Spain has jurisdiction to investigate the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests, a housekeeper, and her 16-year old daughter at the Central American University (UCA) as a crime against humanity. This decision is based on an appeal filed by CJA and APDHE on behalf of the families of the victims of the Jesuits Massacre. Click here to read more.
Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea Found Guilty
August 7th, 2014
On August 7, 2014, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh, known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), found Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea guilty of crimes against humanity. The Court also awarded reparations to the 3,866 Civil Parties participating in the case. This is the tribunal's first judgment against senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime for atrocities committed. CJA represents 45 U.S.-based Civil Parties before the ECCC. Click here to read more.
CJA Donates Archives to Duke University
July 16th, 2014
CJA donates its historic archives to Duke University's Human Rights Archive. Duke's prestigious archival program ensures that historical collections connect to and inform contemporary human rights scholarship, education and activism. The powerful history of our important work will be preserved from paper case files and electronic records to CJA’s web presence. The cataloged records will be made available to researchers, students and the general public. Click here to read more.
Community Forum for Khmer Rouge Survivors: Update on Final Verdict in Case Against former Khmer Rouge Leaders
July 9th, 2014
On July 26, 2014, CJA and the Applied Social Research Institute of Cambodia (ASRIC) will hold a forum for Cambodian survivors at the Khmer Arts Center in Long Beach, California, to update them on the progress of Case 002/01.
CJA's Statement on India's Fifteenth Prime Minister Narendra Modi
May 27th, 2014
On May 26, 2014, Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was sworn in as India’s fifteenth Prime Minister. Modi’s appointment as Prime Minister is not troubling solely because of his actions—or inaction—during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Instead, his appointment signals a broader problem that those linked to mass atrocities evade accountability at the highest ranks of Indian government. Read CJA's statement on Modi's appointment here.
Spain Presses Ahead with Guatemala Genocide Case Despite New Limits on Universal Jurisdiction
May 22nd, 2014
In a landmark decision, Judge Santiago Pedraz of the Spanish National Court announced on May 21, 2014 that his investigation of genocide in Guatemala will proceed. The ruling challenges a controversial law enacted in March 2014 that limits Spanish jurisdiction over international crimes. Read the press release here.
Ex-Salvadoran General May be Deported for Human Rights Violations
April 11th, 2014
This week, in response to a lawsuit filed by The New York Times and Julia Preston, the Executive Office of Immigration Review of the Department of Justice released an immigration judge ruling, which ordered that former Salvadoran Defense Minister José Guillermo García is subject to removal from the United States due to his assistance and participation in the torture of Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) client Dr. Juan Romagoza, among many other civilians. The ruling also cites Garcia’s assistance and participation in the 1980 extrajudicial killing of the four American churchwomen, the 1981 Sheraton Hotel killings of two Americans and a Salvadoran land reform leader, the 1981 massacre at El Mozote, the 1980 massacre at the Sumpul River, the assassination of the leaders of FDR, the political opposition, among many other killings and massacres.
Report Points to Recurring Crimes Against Humanity in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province
March 4th, 2014
A report by Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, endorsed by CJA, finds credible allegations of post-war international crimes by government forces against Tamils in Sri Lanka’s north, nearly five years after the end of a three-decade civil war. These findings challenge the Sri Lankan government’s claims of post-war progress and underscore the urgent need to fight impunity with accountability. Click here to read the report; CJA's foreword starts on page vi.
Sudanese President Indicted for Darfur Genocide Seeks Visa to Attend U.N. General Assembly
September 20th, 2013
The Center for Justice and Accountability is outraged by the proposed visit of indicted war criminal Omar al-Bashir to attend the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York next week. Sudanese President al-Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on ten counts of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in Darfur and has two outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Former Pinochet Lieutenant Sued in Florida for Torture and Death of Víctor Jara
September 4th, 2013
The Center for Justice and Accountability (“CJA”) and pro-bono counsel Chadbourne & Parke, LLP (“Chadbourne”) today announced that they have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the surviving family members of Chilean folk singer and social icon Víctor Jara, who was imprisoned, tortured and executed in Chile during the early days of the brutal military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet on September 11, 1973. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez (“Barrientos”), a current resident of Deltona, Florida and a former officer in the Chilean Army under Pinochet.
Federal Court Awards $15 Million in Damages to CJA Client for Torture
August 20th, 2013
Today in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Federal Judge Mark Abel awarded $5 million in compensatory and $10 million in punitive damages (for a total award of $15 million) against former Somali Colonel Abdi Aden Magan. In 1988, Professor Abukar Hassan Ahmed was arbitrarily detained by Colonel Magan’s subordinates. On Colonel Magan’s orders, Professor Ahmed was shackled in an excruciating position in a squalid prison cell for nearly 24-hours per day for three months. There, he was brutally tortured and subjected to cruel treatment on Colonel Magan’s orders by lieutenants under his command. Nearly 25 years after his torture, Professor Ahmed has finally found justice in a U.S. court.
Conclusion of Sentencing of Former Salvadoran Military Commander Responsible for Jesuits Massacre To Occur Next Week in Boston
August 14th, 2013
Former Salvadoran Vice Minister of Defense for Public Security Inocente Orlando Montano will be sentenced for violating federal criminal immigration fraud and perjury laws in the United States. The sentencing phase, which began in January, should conclude on August 22.
Kiobel v. Shell: Supreme Court Limits Courts’ Ability to Hear Claims of Human Rights Abuses Committed Abroad
April 17th, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a disappointing decision in Kiobel v. Shell, holding that the ATS does not provide an avenue for justice for Nigerian human rights victims who were harmed when Shell Oil assisted the Nigerian government in attacking them and their family members. Despite this, the splintered opinions by Justices Kennedy, Alito, and Thomas leave open the possibility that companies and individuals may still be liable for their abuses in cases with a stronger connection to the United States.
Civil Society Requests Expansion of More Charges in the Current Case 002 Trials
The passing of Ieng Sary and the dismissal of Ieng Thirith for mental unfitness—and the advanced age and poor health of the remaining two Khmer Rouge defendants (Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan)—make imperative the need for an efficient and exhaustive decision on the liability of Khmer Rouge era atrocities.
U.S. Cambodian Survivors See Death of Accused Ieng Sary as Missed Opportunity for Justice
March 14th, 2013
Co-founder of the Khmer Rouge, Ieng Sary, died before a verdict was reached in the trial against him and two other senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). His death at the age of 87 serves as a wake-up call to the UN backed Tribunal, which has been riddled with delays since its inception.
'Baby Doc' Duvalier Human Rights Prosecution Must Continue!
February 21, 2013, Port au Prince, Haiti: Today the Haitian Court of Cassation will hear an appeal challenging the dismissal of human rights charges against former Haitian president Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), along with twenty-seven other human rights and torture treatment organizations from the Americas and around the world, filed an amicus brief with the court, arguing that Haiti will violate its duties under international and domestic law if it does not move forward with the prosecution.
Genocide Trial Against Former Guatemala President General Ríos Montt to Start January 30, 2013
January 28th, 2013
In a historic step, Guatemalan Judge Miguel Angel Galvez has decided to send to trial the case against former general Efrain Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity committed against the Mayan people, specifically the Ixil indigenous people.
Victory in Case Against Somali Colonel Magan!
November 20th, 2012
A federal court in Ohio found Colonel Magan liable for the torture, arbitrary detention and cruel treatment of CJA client and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, Professor Abukar Ahmed (pictured here). Magan was the head of the notorious National Security Service where thousands were unlawfully detained and tortured.
CJA Statement on Defendant Ieng Thirith's Dismissal from Khmer Rouge Trial
September 14th, 2012
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) dismissed Ieng Thirith from the second Khmer Rouge trial on grounds of mental unfitness. Ieng Thirith has been widely believed to have Alzheimer’s disease, affecting her memory and ability to confront evidence against her at trial.
Samantar Case: $21 Million Judgment in Favor of CJA Clients
August 28th, 2012
U.S. Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema awarded $21 million in compensatory and punitive damages against former Somali General Mohamed Ali Samantar. This judgment marks the first time that any Somali government official has been held accountable for the atrocities perpetrated under the Siad Barre regime.
CJA Statement on the Supreme Court's Decision in Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority
April 18th, 2012
On April 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) does not impose liability against organizations for acts of torture and extrajudicial killing. CJA calls upon Congress to ensure that organizations who are responsible for human rights abuses, such as torture, extrajudicial killing, and crimes against humanity, are held liable.
Somali General And Commander Of The Armed Forces Liable For War Crimes
February 23rd, 2012
Former Somali General Mohamad Ali Samantar accepted liability before U.S. federal judge Leonie Brinkema for torture, extrajudicial killing, war crimes and other human rights abuses committed against the civilian population of Somalia during the brutal Siad Barre regime.
Jesuits Massacre: Spain Requests Extradition of Salvadoran Ex-Military Officials from El Salvador and the U.S.
January 12th, 2012
CJA has confirmed that the formal extradition requests from the Spanish Government have arrived in El Salvador, with simultaneous transmittal to the United States likely, for fifteen former members of the Salvadoran military, including members of the high command. The defendants have all been charged with conspiracy to assassinate and the assassination of 5 Spanish Jesuits and 3 Salvadoran citizens. Of these requests, 13 are for defendants in El Salvador, and 2 are for defendants in the United States
Ahmed v. Magan: Former Chief of Somali National Security Service Faces Lawsuit for Torture
April 21st, 2010
The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of constitutional law professor Abukar Hassan Ahmed who was imprisoned and tortured in Somalia during the brutal regime of Siad Barre.
CJA Files Respondents' Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Samantar v. Yousuf
January 20th, 2010
Court to decide if former foreign government officials who use torture, rape and killing as tools of repression are above the law, or whether those who avail themselves of all the benefits of living in the U.S. must, like all other Americans, submit themselves to U.S. law.
Carranza Verdict Upheld
March 17th, 2009

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