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.
CJA Executive Director Search
06/10/2014: CJA is pleased to announce the beginning of the search for our next Executive Director. The Search Committee, chaired by Farah Brelvi, is working with Anthony Tansimore of Olive Grove Consulting. Please let your networks know about the position. We are looking for that special person who will promote and strengthen CJA's presence in the field, provide vision and leadership as the organization navigates an increasingly complex global justice landscape. Click here to read more.
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: Immigration Judge Michael Horn issued a final order of removal for former Salvadoran defense minister 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 during which over 800 men, women and children were killed by the military, and the torture of CJA client Juan Romagoza. The decision and a portion of the administrative record recently became public due to a Freedom of Information Act 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.
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-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.