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Justice Initiative Calls on Belgian Court to Reject Recommendation to Dismiss Case on Saudi Crackdown on Political Dissidents

The complaint is a first-of-its-kind legal filing to address the full scale of crimes committed by the Saudi regime against detractors since Mohammed bin Salman was appointed crown prince in 2017.

June 21, 2022
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As Denmark Plans Housing for Ukrainian Refugees, Justice Initiative Renews Calls for Abolishment of “Ghetto Package”

New measures to override Denmark’s “Ghetto Package” to allow Ukrainian refugees to move into government-designated “vulnerable housing” areas adds to justifications for abolishing these discriminatory housing laws and ensuring that better access to housing and education for all refugees, argues the Open Society Justice Initiative.

April 29, 2022
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Justice Initiative Files Complaint against Company Involved in 2020 Belarus Internet Shutdown

The Open Society Justice Initiative has brought a complaint before the OECD against an Austria-based telecommunications company for its role in facilitating internet shutdowns during Belarus’ disputed 2020 presidential elections.

March 16, 2022
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Open Society Submits ECSR Complaint Urging Bulgarian Government to Accelerate Vaccinations of Vulnerable Groups

The Open Society Foundations has submitted a complaint before the ECSR against the Bulgarian government for failing to prioritize persons over 65 years old and individuals with underlying conditions in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

January 25, 2022
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First-ever Sentence on Syrian Government's Crimes against Humanity Handed Down by German Court

A former Syrian government official has been found guilty of crimes against humanity for his role in being the co-perpetrator of torture, severe deprivation of liberty, and sexual violence, in addition to other crimes, and sentenced to life in prison by the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany.

January 13, 2022
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Danish Court Upholds Right To Challenge Government’s Racially Discriminatory “Ghetto” Package Eviction Plan

Denmark’s Eastern High Court has ruled in favor of residents who brought forward a legal challenge against a housing development plan to be carried out under the so-called Ghetto Package, a set of laws which target Muslims and other racialized groups of migrant descent for discrimination.

December 15, 2021
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As First-Ever Syrian War Crimes Trial Concludes, Former Torture Victims Hope for Justice

The Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany, heard final arguments from several joint plaintiffs and their representatives in the trial of Anwar R., a former Syrian official who oversaw torture and enforced disappearances at the notorious government-run al-Khatib detention center, also known as Branch 251.

December 15, 2021
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The Justice Initiative Supports French Youth in Complaint Against Wrongful Lockdown Fines

Over thirty teenagers and young adults from the French working-class district of Essonne are challenging penalties they received during the Spring 2020 coronavirus lockdown for violating a stay-at-home order, claiming that the fines are unlawful, inappropriate, and discriminatory.

December 09, 2021
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