IJN Joins Human Rights Defenders in Demanding Justice for Extrajudicial Killings of Lumad Leaders in the Philippines
September 8, 2015, New York, NY. Today, the International Justice Network (IJN) issued an open letter to H.E. Benigno Simeon Aquino III, President of the Philippines, calling for a full investigation into the August 31, 2015 extrajudicial killings of Emerito Samarca, Executive Director of Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), Dionel Campos, chairperson of Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU), and Campos’ cousin, Bello Sinzo.
These three men, leaders in the indigenous Lumad community in the Philippines, were brutally killed by the paramilitary group of Marcos Bocales. IJN's open letter calls on President Aquino III to order an immediate pull-out of the 36th Infantry Battalion in Lumad communities in Lianga, Surigao del Sur and the dismantling of paramilitary groups in this dirty war against the Filipino people. IJN further urges the Aquino administration to form an independent fact-finding and investigation team to look into these extrajudicial killings and arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.
August 10, 2015, New York, NY. Today is the annual International Prisoners' Justice Day, when we stand in solidarity with prisoners suffering from cruel and dehumanizing prison conditions around the world, and honor the memory of those who have died while in custody.
With your support, we can continue to fight for the release of our clients, so they can finally resume their lives as free men.
June 30, 2015, New York, NY.
Caitlin Steinke, Staff Attorney with the International Justice Network (IJN), speaks with Al Jazeera America about the release of Redha al-Najar and Lotfi al-Ghrissi, who were tortured for years by the CIA before being imprisoned for over a decade - without charge or trial - at Bagram prison.
Tunisian Men Tortured by CIA and Detained Without Charge For Over a Decade in U.S. Custody Are Finally Freed
June 30, 2015, New York, NY. The International Justice Network (IJN) is happy to announce today that two of its clients, Redha al-Najar and Lotfi al-Ghrissi, have finally been released after spending more than a decade imprisoned without charge in U.S. custody. Both men were secretly captured and tortured for years by the CIA at “black sites” prior to being transferred to the U.S. military prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan (“Bagram”). The U.S. government then detained Mr. al-Najar and Mr. al-Ghrissi without charge or access to a lawyer for more than a decade, and claimed that since they were imprisoned outside of the United States, they had no legal or human rights enforceable under U.S. law.
In 2008, IJN filed habeas petitions on behalf of Mr. al-Najar and Mr. al-Ghrissi in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, arguing that the U.S. government was violating the U.S. Constitution and international law by imprisoning them indefinitely without charge. In 2009, the judge in Mr. al-Najar's case ruled that Mr. al-Najar had a constitutional right to petition a U.S. court to challenge his detention by the U.S. government. However, the government opposed Mr. al-Najar’s right to have his day in court, appealed the ruling, and ultimately obtained a reversal of the District Court’s decision. In August 2014, IJN filed a petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case, and to declare that Mr. al-Najar and other detainees held at Bagram had a constitutional right to have their cases heard in U.S. courts.