Torture, War Crimes, & Militarism

Cases

A habeas corpus petition on behalf of the only Guantánamo detainee who the government has openly admitted was tortured.
A habeas corpus case on behalf of Guled Hassan Duran, a native of Somalia.
A challenge to corporate impunity under the Alien Tort Statute for war crimes and torture at Abu Ghraib prison.
In 1993, CCR and co-counsel sued Radovan Karadžić for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity – including the campaign of rape and other sexual violence as a form of torture and genocide...
ATS case bringing claims that U.S. technology company Cisco Systems, Inc. aided and abetted serious human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners in China
Charging former Paraguayan official Americo Peña-Irala with the wrongful death of Joelito Filártiga. The suit pioneered the application of a previously little-used 1789 federal statute, the Alien...
Challenging the rendition to torture in Syria of Canadian citizen Maher Arar by U.S. government officials. [Past Case]
A federal class action lawsuit against Avi Dichter, former Director of Israel's General Security Service (GSS), on behalf of Palestinians who were killed or injured in 2002, when a one-ton bomb was...
A class action lawsuit brought against the former Head of the IDF Army Intelligence, which charges that the defendant's participation in the shelling of a UN compound in Qana, Lebanon constitutes war...
A case brought under the Alien Tort Statute for extrajudicial killing and persecution on behalf of the parents of Isis Obed Murillo, in partnership with El Comité de Familiares de Detenidos...
Corrie v. Caterpillar was a federal lawsuit filed against Illinois-based Caterpillar, Inc. on behalf of the parents of Rachel Corrie and four Palestinian families whose relatives were killed or...
Plaintiffs charged Nikola Vuckovic with war crimes; crimes against humanity; and torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) and the Alien Tort...
Doe v. Lumintang is a civil lawsuit brought against the former Vice Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army, Johny Lumintang. The suit implicates Lumintang in an official policy of repression of the...
A case brought by four former Guantanamo prisoners against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld seeking damages for their arbitrary detention and torture.
Camilo E. Mejia is a former staff sergeant with the Florida National Guard who, in 2004, after over eight years of military service and a five-month tour in ar-Ramadi in southern Iraq, became the...
In October 1983, President Ronald Reagan announced that he had ordered a pre-dawn invasion of Grenada by nearly 1,900 Marines and armed airborne troops under the code name “Urgent Fury.”...
A suit on behalf of unarmed residents of the Niger Delta, who protested at Chevron's offshore Parabe Platform. On the morning of May 28, Nigerian human rights protestors were shot and some killed by...
The case was filed on behalf of three Haitian women who were brutally tortured by FRAPH. Two of the three plaintiffs were gang-raped in front of their families. A third was attacked by two FRAPH...
Horman v. Kissinger is a lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in October 1977 that charged former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the rest of the State Department with...
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...
Todd v. Panjaitan is a case filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in 1994 which charged Indonesian General Sinton Pangaitan with human rights abuses. In September 1992, CCR filed a...
Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain is a lawsuit against Francisco Sosa for wrongly detaining Dr. Humberto Alvarez-Machain. Mr. Alvarez-Machain charged Sosa and his other captors with violating international...
Sanchez v. Reagan is a 1984 case which challenged U.S. officials’ support for murder, rape, and other torture in Nicaragua. In May 1984, while the International Court of Justice was issuing a...
Salas v. United States is a case in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) brought charges against the United States for the 1989 illegal invasion of Panama and subsequent human rights...
Paul v. Avril is a case in which Haitian President Proper Avril was charged with human rights violations. Months before the September 1991 coup which overthrew Haitian President Jean Bertrand...
Nguyen Da Yen, et al. v. Kissinger is a class action suit in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in cooperation with attorneys in California argued that the detention of Vietnamese...
Martinez-Baca v. Suarez-Mason is a case in which Argentinean General Guillermo Suarez-Mason was charged with human rights abuses during the military dictatorship in the 1980s. As Commander of the...
In the Matter of Civilian Population of Chiapas is an emergency complaint filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), in conjunction with the Center for Human Rights Legal Action in...
Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles v. Reagan is a case which sought to use the U.S. legal system to enjoin the United States from deploying first-use nuclear missiles in Great Britain. The threat...
Drinan, et al. v. Ford, et al. was an attempt to get an injunction restraining the members of the executive branch from conducting military operations in Cambodia without congressional authority. The...
In May 1981, Crockett v. Reagan was filed on behalf of 29 members of Congress who challenged U.S. military intervention in El Salvador. The case claimed that President Ronald Reagan violated the War...
This amicus brief argues that Japan is not immune from suit for its sexual enslavement of women and girls during World War II and presently. After a case in which the district court dismissed the...
American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh is a case filed against the U.S. Attorney General and the head of the INS that alleged they violated domestic and international laws when they denied asylum to...

CCR has been relentless in its efforts on behalf of victims of torture and war crimes. The Center pioneered the use of the Alien Tort Statute to allow foreign victims of international human rights violations to sue the perpetrators in U.S. courts. From taking Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadžić to court for his brutal campaign of rape and genocide to suing private military contractors for their roles in the torture of civilians at the Abu Ghraib prison and in unlawful killings in Iraq, we have worked to secure a measure of justice for these grave crimes, and to ensure that U.S. courts remain open to survivors and family members. Using the Torture Victims Protection Act as well as the Constitution, we sought to hold U.S. officials accountable for the “extraordinary rendition” and torture of Maher Arar. When it comes to prosecuting the torturers in our own government, we have tirelessly pursued multiple cases in foreign courts under the legal principle of universal jurisdiction. These efforts are part of our broader opposition to war and our historical efforts to resist U.S. militarism, from Central America to Iraq and elsewhere. CCR has also conducted advocacy with grassroots partners, including CCR’s recent work with Iraqi civil society groups and anti-war U.S. veterans through the Right to Heal Initiative, raising awareness about the human cost of the Iraq War and demanding accountability and reparations for the Iraqi people, as well as improved care and policies for U.S. veterans.