13 Sep 2013

Calls for Iraq War Accountability amid Syria Debate

As the country has been debating military intervention in Syria, the airwaves and blogosphere, conversations on the street and phone calls to Congress have rightly been filled with talk of the catastrophe caused by the Iraq War. A decade after the invasion, Iraqis and U.S. veterans are still suffering from

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30 May 2013

When a foreign military shoots a U.S. human rights defender shouldn’t the U.S. investigate?

As a teenager, Furkan Do?an would tell his parents that he wanted to bring toys, books, and food to the children of Gaza. Described by his father as a young man with a huge heart, Furkan was deeply troubled by the humanitarian situation faced by Palestinians living in Gaza due

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18 Apr 2013

U.S. Veterans and Iraqis Unite to Demand the Right to Heal

A new project, the Right to Heal Initiative,  is demanding concrete action from the U.S. government to address the widespread toxicity, trauma and other serious health impacts- both mental and physical- caused by the Iraq War. On March 19, ten years to the day of the U.S. invasion of Iraq,

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03 Nov 2012

Solidarity After the Storm: Poor Peoples Movements from South Africa and Haiti Share Lessons More Urgent Now than Ever

by Laura Raymond and Jeena Shah, Center for Constitutional Rights While the extent of Hurricane Sandy’s damage in the U.S. and the Caribbean is still being assessed, what’s already clear is that across the map the recovery process will be long and require massive financial and human investments by both

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21 Dec 2011

Do Private Military Contractors Have Impunity to Torture?

Unbelievably, in 2011 this question has not yet been settled in the courts of the United States. Human rights attorneys are headed back to court in the coming month to argue that, yes, victims of war crimes and torture by contractors should have a path to justice. Attorneys from my organization, the Center for Constitutional Rights, along with co-counsel, are representing Iraqi civilians who were horribly tortured in Abu Ghraib and other detention centers in Iraq in seeking to hold accountable two private contractors for their violations of international, federal and state law.

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21 Dec 2011

Do Private Military Contractors Have Impunity to Torture?

Unbelievably, in 2011 this question has not yet been settled in the courts of the United States. Human rights attorneys are headed back to court in the coming month to argue that, yes, victims of war crimes and torture by contractors should have a path to justice. Attorneys from my

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03 Nov 2011

Citing Total Impunity in Honduras, Human Rights Attorneys Push Forward Case Against Coup Regime Leader in U.S.

Last night, attorneys at my organization, the Center for Constitutional Rights, filed a motion in a human rights case we brought on behalf of Isis Obed Murillo’s family against the leader of the coup regime, Roberto Micheletti. The motion details the atmosphere of total impunity in Honduras for human rights violations committed since the coup and the systemic attacks on the resistance movement – and urges a U.S. court to allow the case to move forward here.

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03 Nov 2011

Citing Total Impunity in Honduras, Human Rights Attorneys Push Forward Case Against Coup Regime Leader in U.S.

If there was one watershed moment after the military coup in Honduras, it was this. Just one week after the coup ousted and forced President Manuel Zelaya into exile at gunpoint, he attempted to return to his country by plane. A crowd of thousands peacefully gathered at Tegucigalpa’s airport on

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06 Jun 2011

The Obama Administration: on the Wrong Side of Torture . . . Again

The Obama administration has just recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court not hear a case brought by torture victims of Abu Ghraib and other detention centers in Iraq – a recommendation that leaves the Iraqi torture victims without any redress or accountability for those responsible for their torture. Through their case, Saleh v. Titan, these Iraqi civilians, many of whom still suffer from the effects of the physical and psychological harm done to them, seek to hold the two U.S. corporations implicated in their torture – CACI International and L-3 Services (formerly Titan Corporation) – accountable in a U.S. courthouse, and have their case heard by an American jury. The Obama administration has just recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court not hear a case brought by torture victims of Abu Ghraib and other detention centers in Iraq.

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