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New Complaint Filed in Sweden Against High-Ranking Assad Officials for Chemical Weapons Attacks In Syria
A criminal complaint on the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attacks on Khan Shaykhun and Ghouta in 2017 and 2013 has been filed before the Swedish police’s specialized war crimes unit. The complaint was spearheaded by Syrian victims and Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), Syrian Archive, and the Justice Initiative.
Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes Revocation of ICC Executive Order
The Biden administration has rescinded a controversial Trump-era executive order that authorized draconian economic sanctions and severe civil and criminal penalties against those who support the International Criminal Court.
Denmark’s Plan to Rebrand its Racist “Ghetto Package” Will Cause More Housing Evictions
The new proposal simply replaces the term “ghetto” with “parallel societies,” but also increases the number of areas covered by the legislation and includes a requirement to reduce those of “non-Western background” to a maximum of 30 percent within ten years.
The Justice Initiative Joins Survivors of Chemical Weapons Attacks and Syrian NGOs in Seeking French Criminal Investigation
The Justice Initiative has joined the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) and Syrian Archive in seeking a French criminal investigation into August 2013 chemical weapons attacks on the city of Douma and on Eastern Ghouta. The NGOs collaborated on a criminal complaint that was filed by SCM.
Open Society Calls for Global Sanctions on Saudi Crown Prince after U.S. Intelligence Report on Khashoggi Murder
The Biden administration released an unclassified intelligence report showing who is responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The Justice Initiative is calling for accountability.
ASP Presidency Fails to Protect the Integrity of the Election of the Next ICC Prosecutor
In advance of the election of the next International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor now scheduled for February 12, 2021, the Justice Initiative laments the failure of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) presidency to establish a genuine vetting process for all candidates.
Justice Initiative Joins Groups in Giving Notice of Class Action Lawsuit against French Government for Ethnic Profiling by Police
The Justice Initiative has joined civil and human rights groups in sending a letter of notice of a class action lawsuit against the French government for police identity checks that perpetuate ongoing and systemic ethnic profiling.
Justice Initiative Welcomes First UN Human Rights Committee Ruling on the Right to Nationality for Children
The UN Human Rights Committee has found, in the case of Zhao v. Netherlands, that the Netherlands violated the rights of a child, Denny Zhao, by assigning him the status of “unknown” nationality when his birth in the country was registered.