Closing Arguments in Khmer Rouge Trial Ended October 31
10/31/2013: Closing arguments in Case 2-1 ended October 31, 2013. Case 2-1 addresses Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan’s role in crimes against humanity committed during the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh and evacuations from other parts of Cambodia. The long awaited judgment in this case is expected in 2014. Click here for more information. Click here for an interactive timeline of the history of the Khmer Rouge trials.
Alarming Closure of Human Rights Office in El Salvador
10/01/2013: The Archbishop of San Salvador has closed the Human Rights Office, Tutela Legal, which oversees an estimated 80 percent of documents regarding human rights abuses in El Salvador. CJA and APDHE condemn this unjustified closure and are profoundly concerned about the preservation of these historic records. CJA, APDHE and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Central America are exploring options, if necessary, to preserve the archives. Read more in English or in Spanish. Click here to read the press release from the former staff of Tutela Legal in Spanish.
CJA Files Case Against Former Pinochet Officer for Torture and Death of Legendary Chilean Folksinger Víctor Jara
09/05/2013: CJA and pro bono counsel Chadbourne & Parke LLP, filed suit on behalf of the surviving family members of folksinger Víctor Jara – Victor Jara’s wife, Joan Jara and their two daughters, against former Pinochet Officer Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez (“Barrientos"). The complaint alleges that Barrientos personally tortured and executed Mr. Jara during the mass detention in the Chile Stadium. Read more here.
Ex-Salvadoran Col. Montano Sentenced to 21 mos. in U.S. Prison for Immigration Fraud
08/27/2013: Defendant Col. Montano was sentenced by a federal judge in Boston to 21 months in prison for immigration fraud and perjury. Col. Montano entered federal prison on October 11, 2013. The next step is for him to be extradited to Spain to stand trial for his role in the massacre. Read more here.
Ex-Somali Colonel Ordered to Pay $15 Million!
08/21/2013: Judge Mark Abel awarded $15 million in damages to CJA client Professor Abukar Hassan Ahmed (pictured here). This judgment was the first to hold a member of the notorious Somali National Security Service accountable for human rights violations committed under the brutal military dictatorship of Siad Barré. Nearly 25 years after his torture, Professor Ahmed has found justice in a U.S. court. Read more here.
Join the Field School in Somaliland: New Call!
08/02/2013: The field school will assist in training the staff of the Somaliland War Crimes Investigation Commission to conduct forensic investigation, examination, recovery, and analysis of mass graves. The project began September 24, 2012. The next phase will run from February 9 to March 10, 2014. Click here for more information.
From Killing Fields to the ECCC: Survivor Testifies about Khmer Rouge Atrocities
06/04/2013: After decades of searching for justice, CJA Client Ms. Sophany Bay testified before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia about the abuses she suffered at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in 1975, including the deaths of her 3 young children. Ms. Bay is one of the first survivors from the Cambodian diaspora in the U.S. to offer evidence in case 002. Click here for more information, and here for the press release. Click here for a detailed summary of Ms. Bay's testimony.
NY Times Appeals for Full Release of Salvadoran General Vides-Casanova's Trial
05/29/2013: On May 29, the New York Times sought federal court review of their FOIA request seeking disclosure of the full record (transcripts and documents) in the removal proceedings against former Salvadoran Minister of Defense Vides-Casanova, who was responsible for widespread human rights abuses in the 1980s. CJA and our clients won a civil suit against Vides-Casanova in 2002 and have vigorously pursued efforts to have him removed.