The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a disappointing decision in Kiobel v. Shell holding that the Alien Tort Statute does not provide an avenue for justice for the Nigerian human rights abuse victims. Despite this, the splintered opinions leave open the possibility that companies and individuals may still be liable for their abuses in cases with a stronger connection to the U.S. Click here to read the decision.
The sexual violence session of the Ríos Montt trial was public, but the witnesses were permitted to cover their faces. CJA is directly supporting the prosecution of Former Guatemalan President General Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read more here.
The first female Attorney General of Guatemala is taking on some of the country's most powerful kingpins, past dictators and local crime bosses. She's lowered the Central American nation's high crime rate and brought justice for victims of the 36 year old civil war. Dr. Paz y Paz will be receiving the 2013 Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award at CJA's 15th Anniversary Dinner.