Calfornia non-profit holds violators of human rights accountable | SomalilandPress.com

Calfornia non-profit holds violators of human rights accountable thumbnail(San Francisco) — When Mohamed Ali Samantar came to the United States from war-torn Somalia in 1997, he hoped to live quietly in retirement in suburban Virginia. But thanks to a little-known San Francisco human rights group, the former Somali official instead became the focus of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court human rights case.Samantar, who served as defense minister and prime minister of Somalia during the 1980s, is accused of responsibility in the torture, rape, imprisonment and deaths of thousands of Somali civilians. The non-profit Center for Justice and Accountability, which has pursued human rights abusers for more than a decade, filed a civil suit against him seeking damages on behalf of five victims and survivors. After six years of legal wrangling, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in June that Samantar could be sued in the United States under a law that dates to 1789. The case now heads back to district court in Virginia for trial.

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