January 7, 2017
Twenty years ago, the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) launched with a bold idea — could we hold those responsible for torture, war crimes, and genocide accountable in a court of law?
The Centre for Justice and Accountability (CJA) called for Sri Lanka’s war-affected communities to be involved in meaningful consultations “ at every level” to shape an accountability mechanism to prosecute for war crimes in Sr Lanka, and warned against attempts to “water down” a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.
CJA sends letter to Ambassador Keith M. Harper, U.S. Representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council, as first draft of U.S.-led resolution on Sri Lanka
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear CJA case against war criminal living in Virginia. Court to rule on Alien Tort Statute, legislation widely used to prosecute human rights abuses.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear oral arguments on Wednesday over whether to uphold dismissal of human rights abuse claims brought under the Alien Tort Statute against Colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali, who controlled a region in northern Somalia during the regime of military dictator Mohamed Siad Barré in the 1980s.
On September 16, the Fourth Circuit will hear oral argument in Warfaa v. Ali, a case brought by the Center for Justice and Accountability under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) alleging war crimes and other violations of fundamental human rights.