International Law and Accountability

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al-Daraj neighborhood of Gaza City after being bombed by the Israeli Military.

As citizens of an increasingly interconnected world, it is critical that all nations, the United States especially, recognize and incorporate the norms of international law into their systems of justice. CCR pioneered the use of the Alien Tort Statute to prosecute human rights abuses committed abroad in U.S. courts and has created a body of law that helps to hold foreign officials and corporations accountable to the public. We have also brought cases against U.S. officials in foreign courts under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, which is based in the belief that some crimes are so heinous that they defy national boundaries.

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Urge U.S. to Vote Against Depleted Uranium Weapons at U.N.

Through the Right to Heal Initiative, CCR is working to raise awareness about skyrocketing…

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SNAP v. the Pope, et al

  Ongoing revelations of pervasive and serious sexual violence against children and vulnerable adults by priests and others associated with the Catholic Church in different parts of the world  have demonstrated that the crisis is not one of isolated random sexual…

Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta

Watch our video about 16-year-old Abdulrahman. On October 14, 2011, he was eating dinner with his teenage cousin at an open-air restaurant when they and five others were killed by a U.S. drone strike. On July 18, 2012,…

No Separate Justice April Vigil: Mahdi Hashi

Please join us on April 6th as we continue to build a growing voice of people of conscience and shine a light together to expose the human rights abuses happening across our country in these cases. Read More >>

Guantanamo, Torture, Drones: Human Rights in the Age of Obama

Join CCR Senior Staff Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei and Advocacy Program Manager Aliya Hussain for a discussion about their legal and political advocacy for the victims of the so-called U.S. "war on terror." Why is the United States still holding more than 100… Read More >>

Doe v. Karadzic

In 1993, CCR and co-counsel sued Karadzic for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity – including the campaign of rape and other sexual violence as a form of torture and genocide used against Bosnian women and men. Read More >>

Xuncax v. Gramajo and Ortiz v. Gramajo

Xuncax v. Gramajo and Ortiz v. Gramajo are two civil damages suits filed on behalf of Guatemalans, all Kanjobal Indians who were brutalized themselves, lost loved ones, and lived in highland villages demolished by Gramajo’s soldiers. They charge former Defense… Read More >>