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Justice Initiative Welcomes ICC Arrest Warrant for Putin

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now, the international community should do everything in its power to execute it, says the Open Society Justice Initiative.

March 17, 2023
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U.S. District Court Blocks Seizure of $3.5B of Afghan Assets in New Ruling

The District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled that $3.5B in Afghan central bank assets should be preserved for the sole benefit of the Afghan people, rather than seized to satisfy court judgments obtained against the Taliban.

February 21, 2023
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Justice Initiative Urges Poland to Stop Death Penalty Against Guantánamo Prisoner

The Justice Initiative welcomes a resolution urging Poland to seek diplomatic assurances from the U.S. that a Guantánamo prisoner will not face the death penalty after a trial using evidence obtained through torture.

December 09, 2022
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Religious Dress Restrictions Are Unlawful, Not “Neutral,” Argues the Justice Initiative

The Justice Initiative, together with co-counsel, the Human Rights Centre at Ghent University, have filed a complaint against Belgium with the UN Human Rights Committee, arguing that religious dress restrictions are discriminatory against Muslim women.

October 21, 2022
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Mohammed Bin Salman’s Appointment to Saudi Prime Minister Should Not Halt Accountability, Argues the Justice Initiative

In response to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s appointment as prime minister, which may grant him sovereign immunity in cases concerning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Justice Initiative calls on governments to hold the regime accountable.

September 28, 2022
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ICJ Orders Russia to Cease Military Operations in Ukraine, Sending Strong Signal of International Condemnation

The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed a ruling from the International Court of Justice ordering Russia to cease all military operations in Ukraine.

March 18, 2022
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The Justice Initiative Calls on States to Step Up Efforts to Support ICC Investigations

As part of ongoing discussions led by an expert review panel on how to make the International Criminal Court (ICC) more efficient and effective, the Justice Initiative calls on states to do more to push for multilateral bodies to spur greater cooperation with the Court.

February 28, 2022
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In a Rebuke to the Brazilian Military, Appeals Court Confirms Acquittal of Torture Survivors

An appeals court in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, has confirmed the acquittal of six individuals who claimed they were tortured after being arrested in 2018 while in military custody. This case was the first time in Brazil a forensic investigation into torture was carried in line with the standards set out in the UN-endorsed Istanbul Protocol.

February 25, 2022
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