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Domestic Court Reinforces Kyrgyzstan’s Obligation to Implement UN Human Rights Committee Decision

A city court in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan upheld a 2019 district court’s ruling that enforced a decision of the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) pertaining to the death of Rakhmonderdi Enazarov, which occurred while Enazarov was in police custody in 2005.

February 28, 2020
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Acquittal Marks Advance for Struggle against Torture in Brazil

A criminal court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has for the first time acknowledged the validity of internationally agreed standards on effective legal and medical investigations into allegations of torture—resulting in the acquittal of seven torture survivors who had been tried for drugs-related charges.

December 20, 2019
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European Court of Human Rights Finds Russia Responsible for Death of Whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky

The European Court of Human Rights today delivered a comprehensive rebuke to Russia over the 2009 death in pretrial detention of Sergei Magnitsky, the accountant who had previously exposed a $230m tax fraud involving officials of Russia’s powerful Interior Ministry.

August 27, 2019
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Defend Legacy of Guatemala's CICIG

The Justice Initiative joined over 200 organizations in a public statement, calling on Guatemala's new government to safeguard the advances of CICIG, the U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission.

August 22, 2019
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Kyrgyzstan Court Orders Compensation Payment, after UN Human Rights Committee Ruling

A court in Kyrgyzstan has for the first time enforced a ruling of the UN Human Rights Committee independently of any criminal conviction.

October 31, 2018
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UN Rights Committee Finds Turkmenistan Responsible for Torture and Death of a Journalist

Journalist and human rights activist Ogulsapar Muradova was tortured and subsequently died in prison in September 2006.

August 02, 2018
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New Report Calls for an Internationalized Response to Atrocity Crimes and Corruption in Mexico

A new report argues that international participation and support will be essential to combating the political obstruction and partisan interests that currently impede Mexico’s troubled justice system.

May 03, 2018
Press release

European Rights Court Seeks Responses from Spain on Police Ethnic Profiling

A young foreign resident of Spain filed a complaint before the court over a racially-biased police identity check.

January 12, 2018
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