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Web Links for Civil Litigation Against War Criminals

There are 16 sites catalogued in the category.
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Name: American Civil Liberties Union
Description: The ACLU is an organization that is dedicated to defending civil liberties in the United States by using the courts, the legislature, and the media. The ACLU's focus is on ensuring that everyone is afforded the protection of the Bill of Rights. Under the websites International Civil Liberties page is a link titled Human Rights At Home: International Law in U.S. Courts. This page links to various resources that are dedicated to legal remedies to human rights violations, including civil remedies for war crimes.
Name: Amnesty International USA
Description: Amnesty International USA is the U.S. branch of Amnesty International. Amnesty International is a grass roots organization with almost 2 million members that is dedicated to preventing and documenting grave abuses of human rights. Amnesty International USA's website includes a comprehensive review of law surrounding torture. Included in this review are relevant U.S. statutory provisions and various civil and criminal avenues of seeking redress.
Name: Benjamin B. Ferencz
Description: This website is dedicated to the work of Benjamin Ferencz, a former prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal. The website includes articles and lectures given by Mr. Ferencz about a broad range of topics that include civil remedies for war crimes. The above link is to an article published in the Virginia Journal of International Law discussing the advantages of civil remedies to victims of war crimes and the inadequacy of penal sanctions for war criminals.
Name: Center for Constitutional Rights
Description: The Center for Constitutional Rights is a non-profit organization devoted to protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Center uses litigation to advance the law and strengthen human rights. The Center uses the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) to spur litigation against human rights violators and war criminals. The website has a recap of cases that the Center has won using the ATCA, including cases against war criminals Karadzic and Pinochet.
Name: Earth Rights International
Description: Earth Rights International is a group of activists, organizers, and lawyers who are dedicated to protecting human rights and the environment. While the primary focus of the litigation branch of ERI is environmental the group is dedicated to ensuring that the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) is viable. The website includes a page whose sole focus is the ATCA. This page includes an overview of how the ATCA has been used to obtain civil damages against violators of international law. Included in the overview are The Karadzic Cases.
Name: Global Policy Forum
Description: Global Policy Forum is a United Nations policy monitoring group that focuses on promoting accountability, education, and advocacy of issues of international peace and security. The International Justice page of the website includes pages and links that are designed to educate the public about the various legal remedies (both civil and criminal) that are available. Also, there are articles that discuss previous civil cases filed in the U.S. and elsewhere against alleged war criminals.
Name: Harvard Human Rights Journal
Description: The Harvard Human Rights Journal is a publication dedicated to exploring the legal issues surrounding human rights. The journal is designed to promote legal progress in the broad field of human rights by advocating the exchange of ideas by legal scholars and academics. In the 2004 edition of the journal, the editors focused, among other areas, on the use of Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and the current Bush administrations efforts to decrease the ATCA's applicability. The above link is to an article that discusses the advantages of using civil litigation against war crimes as opposed to using criminal proceedings.
Name: Human Rights First
Description: Human Rights First is a U.S. based organization that is devoted to advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law. HRF's website includes a comprehensive review of the various legal remedies for violators of international law. Included in this review are articles about the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA), the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA), and applicable doctrines of universal jurisdiction.
Name: Human Rights Now.Org
Description: Human Rights Now.Org is a website that is dedicated to documenting war crimes and providing resources for victims of war crimes. The website has links to several articles written about various legal proceedings involving war criminals. Also, there are links to several federal complaints filed by victims of war crimes against the perpetrators. The complaints list the relevant international and domestic laws that were alleged to have been violated. There is also a link to a general overview of civil remedies for gross human rights violations.
Name: International Center for Transnational Justice
Description: The International Center for Transnational Justice is an organization designed to assist countries in pursuing accountability for previous human rights abuses. One method of assistance is by helping victims obtain reparations for crimes committed against them. The ICTY conducts research, holds policy seminars and assists in policy implementation on human rights abuses, including war crimes.
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