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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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Defensoria Publica and Ministerio Publico in Rio de Janeiro vs. State of Rio de Janeiro

A case filed by the Public Defender and the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Rio de Janeiro argues that under international human rights law, a State has a heightened duty to protect the health of incarcerated persons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tenants of Mjølnerparken v. Danish Ministry of Transport and Housing

Twelve Copenhagen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Danish government seeking a declaration that measures under the country’s so-called Ghetto Package are unlawful under EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Last update: May 27, 2020
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Askarov v. Kyrgyzstan

Azimjan Askarov was detained and tortured by police in the aftermath of ethic violence in June 2010. He was given a life prison sentence after a manifestly unfair trial.

Last update: October 01, 2019
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Ernazarov v. Kyrgyzstan

This case concerns the death in custody of Rahmanberdi Ernazarov, 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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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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Democracy and Human Rights Resource Centre and others v. Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan's freezing of the bank accounts of NGOs and human rights activists represents a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Last update: November 20, 2018
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Huseynov v. Azerbaijan

Emin Huseynov, an Azerbaijani journalist, argues that a declaration renouncing his nationality—made under duress—cannot be used by the government to revoke his citizenship.

Last update: December 07, 2017
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Executive Decree 1129

Peru’s Constitutional Court is now reviewing a constitutional challenge of an executive decree classifying as secret all information related to security and national defense.

Last update: March 14, 2014
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