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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.

January 08, 2021
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Federal Judge Sides with Human Rights Lawyers over Trump Administration’s ICC Ban

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce an executive order that effectively prevented human rights lawyers from collaborating with the International Criminal Court (ICC)

January 04, 2021
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Housing Groups Call on Governments to Adopt Comprehensive Legislation to Ensure Housing during COVID-19

The Open Society Justice Initiative and the Open Society Initiative for Europe have joined The Shift and a coalition of human rights groups in unveiling comprehensive model emergency legislation to protect the right to housing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

December 08, 2020
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Federal Court Orders U.S. Intelligence Agencies to Explain Withholding of Khashoggi Tape and Report

The court found that official acknowledgements—including President Trump's own statements—prevented the government from refusing to acknowledge that it is withholding records and audio tapes about the slain journalist.

December 08, 2020
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Justice Initiative Welcomes African Court’s Ruling against “Arbitrary” Vagrancy Laws

In a landmark advisory opinion, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights found that vagrancy laws on the books of at least 38 African countries discriminate against women, children, people with disabilities, and others.

December 04, 2020
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Child Slavery Suit before the U.S. Supreme Court to Decide U.S. Companies' Liability in Human Rights Abuses

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case of child slavery on cacao farms in Côte d’Ivoire, and whether domestic corporations are exempt from liability in human rights abuses.

December 01, 2020
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Trump Administration Withholds Khashoggi Records, Biden Must End Cover-up and Commit to Transparency

After the Trump administration has failed to release meaningful records, President-elect Biden can demonstrate his administration’s commitment to human rights by releasing records on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

November 19, 2020
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Statement from Soros Fund Management on Palantir Investment

Soros Fund Management LLC did not recently purchase shares in Palantir Technologies Inc.

November 17, 2020
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