Litigation

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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Open Society Justice Initiative v. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) et al

The Justice Initiative seeks the public release by U.S. government agencies of all documents related to the brutal murder in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian dissident writer and editor, and a U.S. permanent resident.

Last update: February 17, 2021
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Kosa v. Hungary

A Hungarian domestic court rejected a complaint over discriminatory treatment of Roma students that was brought by a local NGO. One of the students, Amanda Kośa, is now seeking to bring the case to the Strasbourg Court.

Last update: February 01, 2017
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Nikolova v. CEZ Electricity

Bulgarian electricity companies have been locating meters at the tops of high poles in “Roma districts,” preventing residents from reading and checking them; elsewhere they are at head-height and easily accessible.

Last update: July 11, 2014
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Ethnic Profiling in Gyöngyöspata

In 2011, Hungarian police in the village of Gyöngyöspata singled out local Roma inhabitants for discriminatory treatment.

Last update: July 10, 2014
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Bagdonavicius v. Russia

This is a case brought by the Open Society Justice Initiative challenging the destruction of Roma families' homes in Russia.

Last update: March 04, 2011
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Mikhaj and Others v. Russia

This case challenges discrimination against Roma children in Tula, Russia, who have been placed in segregated classes and refused the opportunity to study beyond the fifth year of primary school.

Last update: February 16, 2010
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Makhashev v. Russia

This case involves brothers who were beaten by Russian police and subjected to anti-Chechen insults. Discrimination by police against Chechens is common in Russia, but this was the first time it has been challenged in court.

Last update: November 26, 2009
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Timishev v. Russia

The Open Society Justice Initiative represented a man of Chechen origin in a challenge to racial profiling by Russian police in the Caucasus, where non-Slavs are disproportionately stopped and detained.

Last update: October 22, 2008
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