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.
Right to Nationality of Children Born in Colombia
Colombia's arbitrary denial of nationality to children born in Colombia to Venezuelan parents places children at risk of statelessness.
Askarov v. Kyrgyzstan
Azimjan Askarov, now in his sixties, 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.
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.
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.
Vereda La Esperanza v. Colombia
States must conduct effective investigations into serious violations of human rights committed during armed conflict.
Colombian Draft Law on Transparency and Right to National Public Information
Colombia's Constitutional Court rejected as unenforceable the most concerning provision of the proposed law.
El-Masri v. Macedonia
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of Khaled El-Masri, in his complaint over Macedonia's involvement in his extraordinary rendition and torture by the CIA.
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.