PolicyEnding Impunity and Mainstreaming Human Rights Accountability
CJA works on a variety of human rights legislative and policy initiatives, with an eye toward crafting and supporting policies that advance the U.S. government's commitment to criminally prosecute human rights abusers. Today, the majority of human rights enforcement efforts in the U.S. are removals and prosecutions for making false statements on immigration applications. We strongly support efforts to shift this policy and make prosecution of human rights abusers for human rights crimes a priority.
On the legislative side, we support the expansion of the current human rights statutory framework to include abuses such as extrajudicial killing and crimes against humanity, genocide and the use of child soldiers. We also strongly push for the inclusion into all human rights laws of the command responsibility doctrine: a theory of liability which covers military officers or civilian superiors who knew or should have known about abuses taking place under their command and failed to take steps to stop the abuses or punish the offenders.
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