By Goth Mohamed Goth

Somaliland born Mr. Suleiman Ismail Bolaleh, Chairman of HORNWATCH was the recipient of the Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award, 2015, the award was presented to Mr. Suleiman Ismail Bolaleh during the CJA’s 17th Anniversary Dinner, which was held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at The Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.

Suleiman Ismail Bolaleh is the Chairman and a founding member of the Horn of Africa Human Rights Watch Committee (HORNWATCH), the leading human rights advocacy organization in Somaliland.

Over the past three decades, Suleiman has been one of the few individuals willing to speak out against corruption practices within both government and humanitarian circles. He is a strong advocate for freedom of the press, asylum seekers, refugees, prisoners, and minorities.

CJA’s Annual Dinner, Celebrating Global Justice, brings together elected officials, judges, leading lawyers, advocates, survivors, and supporters to celebrate important victories secured by CJA and our partners.


About the Award

Founded in 1998, CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses through impact litigation, education and outreach. We now represent over 200 survivors and family members from over twenty countries. We are the leading non-governmental organization litigating cases against individual human rights abusers in the U.S., Spain and Cambodia.




Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

2015 Champion of Justice Award

Navanethem (Navi) Pillay began her career defending scores of anti-Apartheid activists including Nelson Mandela, and later served as a judge on the South African High Court. She has also served as a judge for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court in The Hague. As High Commissioner for Human Rights, she was a critical first responder in ongoing human rights crises around the world.


Joan Jara, Amanda Jara, and Manuela Bunster

CJA Clients: Jara v. Barrientos

Joan, Amanda and Manuela are the widow and two children of the internationally renowned Chilean folk singer, playwright, and political activist, Víctor Jara, who was killed by Chilean military forces during the 1973 coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. After Víctor’s death, Joan, Amanda, and Manuela established the Víctor Jara Foundation, which is dedicated to perpetuating the memory of Víctor, his work, his values, and his vision for a transformation of Chilean society.