The Open Society Justice Initiative pursues strategic litigation and engages in policy advocacy in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Read our News Releases and Advocacy Updates on our work.
Azimjan Askarov Takes His Torture and Unfair Trial in Kyrgyzstan to Human Rights Committee
The case of Azimjan Askarov, a 61-year old human rights defender, is a litmus test for the administration of justice in Kyrgyzstan.
Czech Roma Still Face “Educational Apartheid,” Despite Court Ruling Five Years Ago
The Open Society Foundations is urging the Czech government to end the institutionalized segregation of Roma children within its schools, five years after it was ordered to do so by the European Court of Human Rights.
Eight Groups Urge French Leaders to Honor Promise on Police Ethnic Profiling
The French government should respect President François Hollande’s election campaign commitment to fight against ethnic profiling and abusive practices during identity checks.
UN Calls for Action Against Statelessness Affecting Children
The Open Society Justice Initiative welcomed the UN decision, which reaffirms essential protections for the five million children around the world who have no citizenship anywhere.
European Court Strengthens Protections against Statelessness in Slovenia Ruling
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Slovenia to compensate thousands of people who were “erased” from its list of permanent residents after Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia two decades ago.
Joint Statement: Italy Should Leave its anti-Roma Emergency Decree in the Past
Five international and Italian Human Rights groups are calling on the Italian government to abandon its effort to keep the 2008 "Nomad Emergency" decree alive.
French Police Ethnic Profiling Faces First Court Challenge
Thirteen young men have today launched a historic legal challenge to the systematic use by French police of discriminatory identity checks that disproportionately focus on people of African or Arab ethnicity.
Four Years after Court Ruling, Romani Children Still Face Czech Segregation
The Open Society Justice Initiative and the European Roma Rights Centre have called on the European Council to ramp up pressure to end segregation of Romani children in Czech schools.