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Baby Doc Duvalier Must Not Evade Justice

Haiti must ensure that Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the country’s former dictator, stands trial on charges arising from systematic human rights abuses, as required by international law.

February 06, 2013
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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.

November 12, 2012
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European Court Complaint Challenges Russia over Death of Anticorruption Whistle-Blower

The mother of Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian anticorruption whistle-blower who died in detention in November 2009, is taking the search for justice for her son’s death to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

October 17, 2012
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African Tribunal Reinforces Nationality Rights for Children

The African Union body responsible for protecting children’s rights has urged Kenya to grant citizenship to children of its stateless Nubian minority, in a ruling that marks a victory in the battle against statelessness across the continent and beyond.

October 04, 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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Paralegal Justice Services Expand Across Sierra Leone

The number of paralegals providing free basic justice services in Sierra Leone will more than double next month, as donors join with non-governmental organizations and community-based groups to create a nation-wide network of legal assistance.

August 20, 2010
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Sierra Leone Paralegal Program Evaluation Underway

The Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, is evaluating a pilot criminal justice paralegal program launched last year by Timap for Justice and the Open Society Justice Initiative in Sierra Leone.

May 10, 2010
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In New Article, Goldston Considers Need for Fresh Approach to Rule of Law Reform

Open Society Justice Initiative executive director James A. Goldston discusses the need for a new approach to rule of law reform, emphasizing local expertise and mutual learning between the global north and south.

May 11, 2009
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