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CJA's Annual Dinner: Celebrating Global Justice

May 7, 2015

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CJA is Hiring! Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney

02/27/2015: CJA is pleased to announce that we are searching to fill a new staff position for Staff or Senior Staff Attorney to litigate and investigate impact cases on behalf of survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses. Click here to read more.

Sri Lanka’s Witness Protection Law Step Forward for Accountability

02/20/2015: CJA welcomes news that Sri Lanka has adopted a witness protection law. The announcement comes days after the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights agreed to temporarily delay until September a U.N. report on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka during and immediately following its 26-year civil war. Click here to read more.

Family of Víctor Jara Seeks Truth for 1973 Killing Under Pinochet

02/18/2015: CJA filed a brief yesterday in our historic case Jara v. Barrientos, accepting the defendant’s motion to set aside a default judgment and agreeing not to oppose the removal of the default judgment against former Pinochet Lieutenant Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez, accused of torturing and killing Chilean folksinger and activist Víctor Jara. The family of Mr. Jara welcomed Barrientos’s motion, which, if granted, would allow the case to proceed to a full trial and bring to light the events that transpired surrounding their loved one’s death. Click here to read more.

Torture Victims from Abu Ghraib Should Have Their Day in Court

02/06/2015: CJA urges federal district court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee to hear claims by four Iraqi citizens about torture inflicted on them by U.S. military contractor CACI Premier Technology, Inc. Click here to read more in our press release and click here to read more about CJA's involvement in this case.

CJA Encourages U.S. Engagement on Sri Lanka's Human Rights Record

02/02/2015: CJA sent a letter to U.S. Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal, encouraging U.S. engagement on Sri Lanka’s human rights record to coincide with Biswal's visit to Sri Lanka. CJA urged Biswal to acknowledge the positive actions taken by the Sirisena government to build reconciliation with the Tamil community and pressed for additional steps. Click here to read more.

Victory in Guatemala Court Serves as Model for Justice

01/20/2015: CJA welcomes the news that yesterday, after a trial that lasted a few months, a Guatemalan court found ex-police chief Pedro Garcia Arredondo guilty of murder, attempted murder and crimes against humanity for the 1980 massacre of 37 people at the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala during Guatemala’s civil war. Click here to read more.

Watch Video: CJA International Attorney Discusses the Jara Case

01/15/2015: International Attorney Almudena Bernabeu is interviewed about CJA's work with the case against one of the alleged perpetrators of Víctor Jara's death (video in Spanish).

Op-ed: Letting a war criminal off the hook

01/14/2015: With the recent capture of LRA commander Dominic Ongwen, CJA Executive Director Dixon Osburn discusses the United States's inability to criminally prosecute a war criminal in its custody.

Sri Lankans Vote for Change

01/13/2015: On January 8, 2015, Maithripala Sirisena defeated incumbent Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sirisena, who served as Health Minister and acting Minister of Defense under Rajapaksa, ran on a platform of good governance and the rule of law. The road to reconciliation and accountability, though, remains challenging. Click here to read more.

Declaration of Archbishop Romero's Martyrdom Powerful Step for Honoring Human Rights Leader

01/09/2015: CJA applauds the news that Vatican theologians reportedly have declared Archbishop Óscar Romero a martyr, a move which is seen as a step towards beatification. Click here to read more.

Final Trial Against Senior Khmer Rouge Leaders Faces Delays

01/08/2015: The second trial against the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge was delayed again after one of the accused, Khieu Samphan, was hospitalized. The court’s adjournment of the proceedings follows a long list of delays in the trial before the ECCC, including a defense boycott resulting in an adjournment of the proceedings back in November 2014. The court is scheduled to continue January 15. Click here to learn more about the trial.

Congress Should Pass Proposed Legislation to Ban Torture

01/06/2015: CJA welcomes Senator Feinstein's proposed legislation to deter torture by the United States outlined in a letter sent to President Obama. CJA's Executive Director Dixon Osburn said, "The United States strives to ensure that dictators and terrorists around the globe do not commit crimes against humanity, including torture; the United States should live up to those standards at home." Click here to read more.

Genocide Trial of Guatemalan Military Dictator Should Proceed Expeditiously

01/05/2015: The genocide trial against former Guatemalan military dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt resumed briefly on January 5, 2015. The court suspended the trial after one of the judges recused herself. CJA stands with the Mayan-Ixil community and calls on the court to resume the trial expeditiously. Click here to read more.

CJA Featured in KQED Forum on Torture Report

12/10/2014: CJA Executive Director Dixon Osburn discusses the Senate Intelligence Committee's recent release of the Torture Report executive summary, which describes the CIA's disturbing post-9/11 interrogation program. Click here to listen to the full interview on KQED Forum with Michael Krasny.

CJA Staff Attorney Nushin Sarkarati Speaks at UN Event

12/10/2014: CJA Staff Attorney Nushin Sarkarati took part in a panel discussion on victim participation in criminal proceedings at a side event for the Assembly of State Parties at the UN headquarters in New York. Drawing on CJA's long history of representing victims directly in universal jurisdiction claims, Sarkarati explained how victim participation and testimony is essential to understanding the full breadth of human rights abuse and how participation in justice mechanisms is an integral part of the healing process for victim communities.

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 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.

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.

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.