CJA Urges U.S. Department of Justice to Open a Criminal Investigation
12/10/2014: CJA sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to open a criminal investigation to determine whether charges should be filed against any official who committed or authorized torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment based on the findings contained in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s study of CIA interrogation and detention practices after 9/11, the executive summary of which was published on December 9, 2014. Click here to view the letter.
Torture Report Summary Critical Step Forward for Justice
12/09/2014: CJA praises Senator Dianne Feinstein's leadership on the Senate Intelligence Committee for publishing a powerful executive summary of its findings based on a 6,000-page report on CIA interrogation and detention practices after 9/11. Click here to read more.
CJA Delegates Return from El Salvador
11/21/2014: CJA organized a delegation to El Salvador to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Jesuits Massacre and to salute and support our in-country partners, who have been so crucial to CJA's work in El Salvador for the last 10 years. We called upon the Salvadoran government to support CJA's Jesuits Massacre Case and repeal the amnesty law so that justice can be pursued. Click here to read more.
CJA Featured in Retro Report Interview
11/11/2014: CJA was featured in a Retro Report interview about our efforts to hold Salvadaron generals living in the U.S. accountable for the human rights abuses committed during El Salvador's brutal civil war. CJA Senior Legal Advisor Carolyn Patty Blum explains the history behind our efforts. Click here to learn more about our work against these generals.
Improv for Justice
11/10/2014: An evening of improvisational comedy to commemorate International Human Rights Day, brought to you by CJA's Young Professionals' Committee for Human Rights. Hosted at the Shelton Theater in downtown San Francisco, the event will take place on Wednesday, December 10. We will kick things off at 7pm with cocktails and a dazzling array of raffle items. Then we will have a featured performance by San Francisco’s own Lombard Street Experiment
CJA Urges U.S. Government to Forbid Torture Everywhere
10/21/2014: After The New York Times released a report indicating that lawyers in President Obama's administration were considering taking a position that the Convention Against Torture applies only to acts of torture committed within the United States, CJA sent U.S. officials a letter strongly urging them to maintain that torture is illegal everywhere. Click here to read the letter.
Second Trial Against Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Begins
10/17/2014: 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
10/06/2014: 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 lifelong 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
10/06/2014: 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
10/03/2014: 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.
U.S. Government Releases Key Evidence against Salvadoran Ex-General
10/02/2014: The U.S. government released the expert report of Stanford professor Terry Karl, which was used in the removal proceedings against former Salvadoran Minster of Defense Garcia. Professor Karl's report was a basis for the immigration judge's ruling that Garcia should be removed from the U.S. because of his involvement in numerous human rights violations during El Salvador's civil war. This document was released pursuant to a NY Times FOIA request.
Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea Found Guilty
08/07/2014: 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
07/16/2014: 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.
Trial Date Set for Case against Pinochet Officer for Torture and Death of Legendary Chilean Folksinger Víctor Jara
06/02/2014: CJA and pro bono counsel Chadbourne & Parke LLP, filed suit in September 2013 on behalf of the surviving family members of folksinger Víctor Jara against former Pinochet Officer Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez. The complaint alleges that Barrientos personally tortured and executed Mr. Jara during the mass detention in the Chile Stadium. Read more here. The trial will begin in February 2015.
CJA's Statement on India's Fifteenth Prime Minister Narendra Modi
05/27/2014: 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
05/22/2014: 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
04/21/2014: An immigration judge issued a final order of removal for former Salvadoran Minster of Defense Garcia because of his involvement in a number of human rights violations, including the assassination of Archbishop Romero, the murder of four American churchwomen, the El Mozote massacre, and the torture of CJA client Juan Romagoza. The decision and a portion of the administrative record recently became public due to a FOIA request by The New York Times. Click here for the press release, here to read a summary of the decision, here to read the NYT article, and here to view the portion of the administrative record currently available.
Report Points to Recurring Crimes Against Humanity in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province
03/04/2014: 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.