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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

The Alien Tort Claims Act

This is Dolly Filártiga, in an Op-Ed piece appearing in Today's New York Times:

Reversing almost three decades of executive-branch policy, the Bush administration is asking the Supreme Court to eviscerate the Alien Tort Claims Act. In a case involving the kidnapping of a Mexican doctor suspected of involvement in the killing of an American drug enforcement official, the Justice Department (supported by amicus briefs from business lobbies) is claiming that the rulings in my case and in 18 others since were based on a mistaken interpretation of the law. Today the court will hear its arguments for a new reading of the 215-year-old statute that would make it virtually impossible for human rights victims to sue.

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