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France Must Uphold Arrest Warrant for Syria's President al-Assad

The Open Society Justice Initiative has joined dozens of civil society groups in urging France to uphold an arrest warrant for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for his use of banned chemical weapons.

May 13, 2024
Advocacy update

Joint Statement on French Investigation of Syria's President Assad for Chemical Weapons Attacks

Joint Statement by Syrian and international civil society organizations and victims’ associations in support of investigating Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for chemical weapons attacks.

May 07, 2024
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Syrians Seek UN Rights Ruling against Russia for 2019 Hospital Attacks

A legal complaint seeks justice for Syrian victims of attacks by the Russian air force, and seeks to reinforce protections for health care facilities in war-time.

May 02, 2024
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European Court of Human Rights Condemns Racist Policing

The European Court of Human Rights has found that police in the Swiss city of Zurich engaged in ethnic profiling, in an identity check stop carried out on Mohamed Wa Baile, a Swiss citizen, at the city’s’ train station in 2015.

February 20, 2024
Advocacy update

Belgian Court Refers Saudi Victim Standing Issue to CJEU

A court in Belgium is asking the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to clarify the scope of EU legislation on the rights of crime victims—in connection with a complaint accusing officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of crimes against humanity.

December 15, 2023
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Justice Initiative Urges Expansive Rights Framework for Climate Displacement

As the Inter-American Court of Human Rights develops an Advisory Opinion on the climate emergency that will shape policy across the region, the Justice Initiative has submitted recommendations focused on rights and human mobility.

December 14, 2023
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French Magistrates Seek Arrest of Syria's Al-Assad and Associates for Chemical Weapons Attacks

Arrest warrants for Al-Assad, his brother, and two other senior officials have been issued after an extensive investigation into chemical weapons attacks on civilians in Douma and Eastern Ghouta in August 2013 that killed more than 1,000 people.

November 15, 2023
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New Court Filings Argue for Protecting Afghanistan’s Frozen U.S. Assets

The Justice Initiative is arguing that Afghanistan’s frozen U.S. dollar funds must not be at risk of seizure from private claims against the Taliban.

October 19, 2023
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