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Concern Over Appointment of William Shawcross to Review UK’s Counter Terror Strategy

Open Society Justice Initiative is joining Muslim rights organizations in expressing deep concern about William Shawcross’s suitability for Reviewer of Prevent in the UK, given his record and previous statements on Islam.

January 28, 2021
Press release

Federal Court Orders U.S. Intelligence Agencies to Explain Withholding of Khashoggi Tape and Report

The court found that official acknowledgements—including President Trump's own statements—prevented the government from refusing to acknowledge that it is withholding records and audio tapes about the slain journalist.

December 08, 2020
Press release

Trump Administration Withholds Khashoggi Records, Biden Must End Cover-up and Commit to Transparency

After the Trump administration has failed to release meaningful records, President-elect Biden can demonstrate his administration’s commitment to human rights by releasing records on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

November 19, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Files Submission Requesting New UK Sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince

The Justice Initiative has made a submission to U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab requesting that he designate the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, as an “involved person” in the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020.

September 08, 2020
Press release

Justice Initiative Sues Office of the Director of National Intelligence for Khashoggi Report

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit seeking to compel the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to immediately make public its assessment of who is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

August 19, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Calls on U.S. to Deploy Global Magnitsky Act to Curb COVID-19 Rights and Corruption Abuses

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the U.S. government to use the Global Magnitsky Act to address human rights abuses and corruption related to COVID-19 pandemic responses around the world.

July 09, 2020
Advocacy update

The UK's Prevent Strategy Review is Fundamentally Flawed

The credibility of the UK government's supposedly Independent Review of its Prevent strategy is undermined by the narrow scope of its terms of reference, and the lack of independence of its head.

December 08, 2019
Press release

Justice Initiative Warns against Dropping Inquiry Demand in CIA Kidnap Case

The Open Society Justice Initiative is urging continued European pressure on North Macedonia to properly investigate its role in the kidnapping, torture and rendition to Afghanistan of Khaled el-Masri, a German national, as required by a landmark 2012 ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

November 26, 2019
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