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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.
See CCR's statement following the 2013 Honduran elections. See CCR's Honduras coup webpage for background information.
On December 5, 2013, the United States government announced that it has sent Djamel Ameziane…
On the 40th anniversary of the U.S.-backed military coup in Chile and the ongoing efforts by the loved ones of its victims to seek justice, we turn to the case of Charles Horman. A 31-year-old…
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…
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,…
Join us between 2-3 P.M. on Tuesday, December 10, in front of the Algerian embassy in Washington, DC. We're demonstrating because CCR's client Djamel Ameziane has been sent from Guantánamo to Algeria against his will and in violation of international… Read More >>
Join CCR at Creating Change 2014, The National Conference on LGBT Equality and the largest gathering of activists, organizers and leaders in the LGBT movement. CCR Senior Staff Attorney Pamela Spees will facilitate a 90-minute workshop alongside CCR partner Holly Richardson… Read More >>
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 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 >>