To support victims of terrorism and genocide in seeking redress, hold accountable and publicize the governments, corporations, and other entities that finance, support, and perpetrate acts of terrorism and genocide around the world, Global Justice Group has been actively involved in:
- Identifying victims of terrorism and genocide
- Helping them obtain legal representation
- Defraying the out-of-pocket costs of lawsuits filed on their behalf
The following is a representative sample of the pending and prospective litigation in which Global Justice Group has supported victims in their quest for justice:
Chemical Weapons Case:
On June 2013, 20 representatives of the thousands of victims of the 1988 chemical attacks perpetrated by Saddam Hussein on Iraqi Kurds filed a demand for criminal investigation in Paris, France. They are seeking investigation on the French companies who supplied Saddam with chemicals and equipment enabling the production of the chemical weapons used against the Kurds in Halabja on the 16th of March 1988, as part of a genocidal attack against Kurdish civilians. This attack killed or maimed tens of thousands of men, women and children. Many of the victims are still suffering today from the injuries caused by the chemical weapons.
Global Justice Group has set up offices in Erbil and Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan, which have identified over five thousands victims.
Arab Bank Case:
This case represents the first major civil counter-terrorism lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens, victims of terrorist attacks. After ten years of intensive legal work, the Arab Bank was held liable for 24 attacks carried out by Hamas between 2001 and 2004. During those years the Arab Bank transferred over $200 million from the Saudi Committee to the families of suicide bombers and other terrorists, bolstering the Al Aqsa/Al Quds Intifada. In so doing, the Arab Bank aided and abetted the perpetration of a systematic campaign of genocide, crimes against humanity, terrorism and financing of terrorism, which resulted in the murder and maiming of thousands of victims. In August 2015, the plaintiffs and Arab Bank entered into a settlement agreement, favorable to the plaintiffs.
U.S. Embassies Case:
In August 2008, 600 victims of the 1998 Al Qaeda attacks on the US Embassies in Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the Republic of Sudan and the Islamic Republic of Iran for their complicity in the execution of the bombings. Iran and Sudan provided financing, training, weapons, material and safe haven, to Al Qaeda. This support was critical to the execution of the embassy bombings, which killed 224 people and wounded over 4,500. In 2014, the judgment entered in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding them compensatory and punitive damages.
Global Justice Group supported the creation of the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund to provide with compensation the victims of international state sponsored terrorism.
El Paso Case:
In January 2009, 197 victims of terrorist attacks in Israel filed a complaint in the US District Court in Texas against several American and foreign oil companies (including the El Paso Energy Corporation and Bayoil) for knowingly aiding and abetting the Saddam regime in carrying out the attacks. The companies transferred to Saddam Hussein over $60 million, which were then distributed to the families of suicide bombers and other terrorists who perpetrated dozens of attacks in Israel. In November 2015, the plaintiffs and two of the defendant oil companies entered into a settlement agreement favorable to the plaintiffs.
Chevron Corporation Case:
On October 2015, the victims of 22 suicide bombings perpetrated in Israel between 2000 and 2002 filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against Chevron Corporation alleging its complicity in the attacks.
Between July 2000 and December 2002, Chevron illegally purchased over 78 million barrels of Iraqi oil and paid approximately $20 million in illegal kickbacks which went into a “slush” fund controlled by Saddam Hussein, who used the illegal payments made by Chevron to fund terrorist activities. Money tracing confirms that the money was sent to the families of 22 suicide bombers.