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Amid COVID-19 Lockdown, Justice Initiative Calls for End to Excessive Police Checks in France

The Open Society Justice Initiative has called on the French government to ensure that police checks carried out during COVID-19 do not use excessive, violent, or discriminatory force.

March 27, 2020
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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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Court Moves to Protect Venezuelan Children born in Colombia from Statelessness

A court in Colombia has ruled that the government must consider statelessness risks when determining the nationality of children born in Colombia to Venezuelans fleeing their country's political and economic chaos.

January 31, 2020
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Kenyan Court Puts Hold on Digital Identity Scheme

A Kenyan court has ordered the government to stop implementation of its the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) until a constitutionally sound framework is in place.

January 31, 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
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
Advocacy update

Over 40 NGOs Urge Reform Action on ICC Member States

Civil society organizations from around the world are urging member states of the International Criminal Court to take concrete steps towards reforming and strengthening the Court’s performance.

December 03, 2019
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Open Society Justice Initiative Comments on Expansion of Immigrant DNA Collection in U.S.

Open Society Justice Initiative and Instituto para Mujeres en la Migración have submitted a public comment over the Trump administration’s efforts to expand the forcible DNA collection of non-citizens in the United States.

November 20, 2019
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