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Human Rights Committee Faults Kyrgyzstan for Death in Custody

The ruling against Kyrgyzstan from the UN Human Rights Committee underlines the obligation to protect prisoners from violence, including violence from other prisoners.

April 15, 2015
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European Court of Human Rights Calls on Spain to Strengthen Safeguards against Torture

The ruling in Etxebarria Caballero v. Spain emphasizes the obligations states have to protect suspects in police stations from torture and ill-treatment.

October 07, 2014
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European Parliamentarians Urge Proper Investigation of Magnitsky Death

The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed a call from European parliamentarians for the Russia to fully investigate the death in custody of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.

January 28, 2014
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Accord on Access to a Lawyer will Strengthen European Arrest Rights

A new EU directive will require police in all member states to ensure that suspects have appropriate access to a lawyer before questioning.

June 19, 2013
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An Open Letter to the European Commission on Pretrial Detention

The Open Society Justice Initiative has joined 12 other groups in urging the European Commission to come forward with promised proposals to set common minimum standards for pretrial detention across the EU’s member states.

June 28, 2012
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EU Must Fix Flawed Criminal Justice Systems

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the European Council of Ministers and Parliament to develop a strong EU Directive to guarantee the right to early access to legal representation for all people accused or suspected of crimes.

June 07, 2012
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Hungary Backslides on Arrest Rights

The Open Society Justice Initiative is deeply concerned by new legislation that allows suspects in serious crime cases to be held for up to 48 hours without access to defense counsel, and up to 5 days without court review.

July 06, 2011
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Statement on Pretrial Detention and Discrimination

Advocates including the Open Society Foundations speak out on the estimated three million people around the world behind bars awaiting trial—many of whom are from the poorest and most marginalized sectors of society.

December 10, 2010
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