Alejandro M. Garro

For Alejandro M. Garro's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 2, 2011

Holding oil firms liable for rights violations

Several nongovernment organizations have filed an amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to review the ruling of an appeals court that corporations, under international law, cannot be held liable for damages from serious human rights violations. The Supreme Court should accept the ...

Jun 20, 2011

Keeping a lid on Argentina's 'secrets and lies'

By a relatively slight margin, the U.S. Congress has rejected an amendment by Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey to declassify files on Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The refusal to declassify the files is likely to stymie efforts to determine the fate of hundreds of babies ...

Dec 16, 2008

Lessons from the tainted life of Guantanamo

NEW YORK — President-elect Barack Obama’s promise to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will go a long way toward ending one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. legal history. An effective closure, however, calls for reflection on some lessons ...

Jan 31, 2004

U.S. oil firm leaves toxic legacy in Ecuador

NEW YORK — Drilling for oil without adequate safeguards is one of the most destructive industrial activities both for people and for the environment. This danger has been particularly stark in the case of oil exploration and exploitation in the forested areas of the ...

Oct 11, 2003

Argentina faces the recall of impunity

NEW YORK — In August the Argentine Congress voted to annul two statutes aimed at halting criminal prosecutions against military officers. These “impunity laws,” in essence, had granted a blanket amnesty for past human rights abuses committed by the military during their rule. The ...

Aug 9, 2003

U.S. need not fear the ICC

NEW YORK — In recent years regional courts have been set up in Europe and the Americas to deal with the most serious human rights abuses committed by governments. International “ad hoc” criminal tribunals have been set up to deal with atrocities and massive ...