New Report Points to Recurring Crimes Against Humanity in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province
03/04/2014: A new 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.
CJA Mourns the Loss of Former Board Member Richard Leigh
02/16/2014: Richard was a longstanding and dedicated CJA Board member. He understood and lived largely committed to the struggle for human rights around the world. He applied his deep personal and professional sensitivities and experiences as a finance executive and as a resident of Chile for the benefit of CJA. He was a kind and generous friend. He will be terribly missed by all.
CJA Calls on Spain to Reject Bill That Would Close Door on Human Rights Prosecutions
02/10/2014: A proposed bill will radically restrict Spanish jurisdiction over international crimes, violate key international treaties and close the door on human rights prosecutions. More sensible reform is necessary to ensure that human rights abusers have no safe harbor from their horrific crimes. Click here for more information.
Rule of Law At Risk in Guatemala
02/07/2014: The Constitutional Court is forcing Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz to step down before her terms ends. As Attorney General, Dr. Paz y Paz has made unprecedented strides in the prosecution of organized crime, political corruption and human rights – most notably with the genocide trial of General Rios Montt. CJA is deeply troubled by this decision and what it portends for the overall strength and stability of the rule of law in Guatemala. Dr. Paz y Paz was CJA’s 2013 Judith Stronach Awardee.
Ex-Salvadoran General has Appealed Judge’s Decision Ordering his Removal from U.S.
02/06/2014: The U.S. has defended a judge's decision ordering General Vides-Casanova's removal from the U.S. for his role in widespread human rights abuses in El Salvador in the 1980s, including the torture of CJA's clients and the murder of four American churchwomen. Click here for the press release, here to read the full immigration court decision or here to read a summary of the oral arguments of the appeal hearing.
CJA Attorney Honored by El País!
12/30/2013: CJA’s International Attorney Almudena Bernabeu is considered one of the top 13 leaders in the Spanish and Latin American world in 2013 by the main Spanish Newspaper El País! Almudena is being honored for her work for justice in Guatemala. Others honored include Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Pope Francis I. Click here for more information.
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. 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.