CCIJ envisions a world where human rights violators are held accountable and survivors of atrocities find healing through justice.
CCIJ supports and assists people seeking justice for serious human rights violations and engages with Canadians through education and awareness programming in the following ways:
Notable examples include:
Roy Samathanam, a Tamil-Canadian torture survivor. We helped Roy hold Sri Lanka accountable through a successful complaint with the U.N. Human Rights Committee.
Déborah Kitumaini, the widow of human rights defender Pascal Kabungulu, who was assassinated in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We supported Déborah and her children in filing a complaint with the U.N. Human Rights Committee.
Mamadou Seye, whose father was disappeared in Mauritania. Mamadou and his family worked with CCIJ to file a complaint with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
We conduct extensive investigations into alleged torturers and war criminals living in Canada and submit evidence to relevant authorities. Most investigations are confidential, but a public example is the case of Ramiro Osorio Cristales. Ramiro was one of only two survivors of the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala. We helped Ramiro pursue justice against an army officer who had carried out the atrocities and who had later moved to Canada, becoming a Canadian citizen. CCIJ also supported Ramiro as he testified in various cases about the massacre.
We are part of the legal team in a lawsuit by Eritrean survivors against a Canadian company over the use of slave labour at a mine in Eritrea.
We are part of the legal team in a lawsuit against a Canadian company brought by peaceful protesters who were shot by security personnel at a mine in Guatemala.
We intervened successfully before the Supreme Court of Canada in a decades-long case against the Chevron Corporation concerning pollution in the Ecuadorian rain forest.
We established the Philippe Kirsch Institute, a social enterprise with a premier faculty of judges and lawyers providing education and training (in-person and web-based events) for Canadian practitioners. We offer Canada’s first online certificate program in International Criminal Law and a video library of specialized, bilingual programming.