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Justice Initiative Commends the Supreme Court for Declining to Immunize US Companies for International Law Violations Committed Abroad

While, in Nestlé USA and Cargill v. Doe, the Supreme Court has ruled against enslaved children's bid to hold U.S. companies accountable for abusive labor practices, it also held that companies are not fully exempt—leaving open a route to greater corporate accountability.

June 17, 2021
Advocacy update

Human Rights Organizations Thank ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda for Service

Human rights organizations sent their gratitude to the outgoing International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for her many years of service.

June 14, 2021
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Settles ICC Executive Order Lawsuit with the Biden Administration

The Open Society Justice Initiative settled their lawsuit against the U.S. government an executive order that authorized sanctions against the International Criminal Court.

April 30, 2021
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Dutch Appeals Court Affirms Misconduct by TMF Management B.V. in Mozambique “Hidden Debt Scandal”

The ruling demonstrates an increase in scrutiny of under-regulated sovereign debt markets in the Global South, and comes at a time when many countries are experiencing heightened pressure to recover from the COVID-19 crisis by borrowing money.

April 26, 2021
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New Complaint Filed in Sweden Against High-Ranking Assad Officials for Chemical Weapons Attacks In Syria

Criminal complaints on the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attacks on Khan Shaykhun and Ghouta in 2017 and 2013 have been filed before the Swedish police’s specialized war crimes unit. The complaint was spearheaded by Syrian victims and Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), Syrian Archive, and the Justice Initiative.

April 19, 2021
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Joins Statement Calling For Greater Accountability for Syria’s War Crimes Ahead of Major International Chemical Weapons Meeting

In advance of the second meeting of the 25th Session of the Conference of the States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), 15 organizations have released a joint statement urging states to pursue greater accountability for crimes against humanity perpetrated during the Syrian conflict.

April 15, 2021
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Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes Revocation of ICC Executive Order

The Biden administration has rescinded a controversial Trump-era executive order that authorized draconian economic sanctions and severe civil and criminal penalties against those who support the International Criminal Court.

April 02, 2021
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Denmark’s Plan to Rebrand its Racist “Ghetto Package” Will Cause More Housing Evictions

The new proposal simply replaces the term “ghetto” with “parallel societies,” but also increases the number of areas covered by the legislation and includes a requirement to reduce those of “non-Western background” to a maximum of 30 percent within ten years.

March 19, 2021
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