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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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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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Askarov v. Kyrgyzstan

Human rights defender Azimjan Askarov was detained and tortured by police in Kyrgyzstan after documenting human rights violations committed during inter-ethnic conflict in 2010. Askarov was given a life sentence after being denied a fair trial and died in July 2020.

Last update: October 01, 2019
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Akmatov v. Kyrgyzstan

Turdubek Akmatov was taken to the local police station in Kyrgyzstan and severely beaten during ten hours in custody. He died a few hours after being released without charge.

Last update: October 01, 2019
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Ernazarov v. Kyrgyzstan

The Ernazarov case concerns the death in custody of Rahmanberdi Enazarov, who was arrested in November 2005 and charged with the serious sexual offense of forced sodomy.

Last update: October 01, 2019
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Khadzhiyev and Muradova v. Turkmenistan

This case challenged the arbitrary killing of Ogulsapar Muradova, a journalist and human rights activist, who was tortured and died in custody in Turkmenistan in September 2006.

Last update: May 24, 2018
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Etxebarria v. Spain

A challenge to Spain’s anti-terrorism detention regulations argues that holding two suspects incommunicado without independent legal and medical advice created conditions for abuse.

Last update: October 06, 2014
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Zeshan Muhammad v. Spain

Ethnic profiling by law enforcement officers continues to be a persistent and pervasive practice throughout Spain, particularly in the context of immigration control.

Last update: July 31, 2014
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Akunov v. Kyrgyzstan

The death of a political activist in police custody in April 2007 after undergoing a severe beating reflects a larger pattern of violence in Kyrgyzstan.

Last update: October 03, 2011
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