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…

Take Action: No U.S. Support for War Crimes by Israel!

Please take these two actions today: 1) Send a letter to your representatives and ask that…

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Michael Ratner on Democracy Now! on new U.S. Cuba pact

Assata Shakur: What Does New U.S.-Cuba Pact Mean for Exiled Black Panther Wanted in New Jersey?

Michael Ratner on Democracy Now! on Senate torture report

Should Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & CIA Officials Be Tried for Torture? War Crimes Case Filed in Germany

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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,…

CCR Joins Criminal Complaint in Germany Against Bush-Era Architects of Torture

December 17, 2014, Berlin – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights joined a criminal complaint filed by the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) against former CIA head George Tenet, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other… Read More >>

CCR Legal Director Says Criminal Prosecutions Must Follow Senate CIA Torture Report Findings

December 9, 2014, New York – Based on early reports on the release of the executive summary and the conclusions and findings of the Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program, Center for Constitutional Rights Legal Director Baher Azmy… 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 >>