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Justice Initiative lawyers have represented scores of individuals and groups before domestic and international human rights courts and tribunals around the world. These cases seek not only to vindicate individual claims, but to establish and strengthen the law’s protection for all. 

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Zhao v. Netherlands

In the UN Human Rights Committee's first ever decision on the right of children to acquire nationality, it determined that by registering a child as “nationality unknown”, Dutch authorities violated his right to international protection and to seek a nationality.

Last update: December 29, 2020
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Big Brother Watch v. United Kingdom

The European Court of Human Rights held that the UK’s bulk interception regime violated the right to privacy for its lack of sufficient oversight and safeguards.

Last update: June 19, 2017
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Chowdury and others v. Greece

The European Court of Human Right found that a group of Bangladeshi strawberry pickers had been subjected to forced labor in Greece.

Last update: March 27, 2017
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D.H. and Others v. Czech Republic

In 2007, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Roma children in the Czech Republic face systematic discrimination. But the Czech government has yet to take steps to remedy continuing school segregation.

Last update: July 16, 2012
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MGN Ltd v. United Kingdom

This case before the European Court of Human Rights involves the massive costs of libel suits, which have a chilling effect on NGOs and small publishers by discouraging them from publishing important stories.

Last update: January 18, 2011
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Ouardiri v. Switzerland

This case is about a Swiss ban on the construction of minarets that clearly discriminates against Muslims.

Last update: October 22, 2010
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Sanoma Uitgevers v. the Netherlands

When an editor refused to hand over photos taken by a journalist, Dutch police tried to close the magazine down. The Open Society Justice Initiative argued that the police had violated freedom of expression.

Last update: September 14, 2010
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HP v. Denmark

HP was tortured for years in Iran before fleeing the country and coming to Denmark. Yet for more than 15 years, he was denied the citizenship of his adopted country, where he has lived for decades.

Last update: December 01, 2009
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