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African Lawyers call for Clarity on Election Rules under COVID-19

The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) has filed a request to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to elaborate on the rules and standards that should govern elections in Africa during the coronavirus pandemic.

June 05, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Applauds Worker Suit against Amazon for COVID-19 Labor Conditions

Workers and family members of workers at Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York have filed a lawsuit to force changes to the company’s on-the-job and leave policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 03, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Calls on UK Government to Address Racial Discrimination by Law Enforcement during COVID-19 Lockdown

The Justice Initiative has joined an open letter calling on the UK government to narrow the powers of police to enforce the lockdown and take immediate measures to address racial and ethnic discrimination.

May 31, 2020
Press release

Residents Sue Denmark Over Discriminatory “Ghetto Package” Eviction Plan

Twelve Copenhagen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Danish government seeking a declaration that measures under the country’s so-called Ghetto Package are unlawful under EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

May 27, 2020
Advocacy update

The Justice Initiative Seeks Release of Documents Revealing Scientific Advice Given to the UK Government on COVID-19

The Justice Initiative has filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request with the UK Government seeking the disclosure of documents relating to the work of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) on COVID-19.

May 22, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Calls for Immediate Action on Discriminatory COVID-19 Checks in France

The Open Society Justice Initiative has joined more than two dozen organizations in asking French authorities to adopt concrete measures to put an end to racist, discriminatory practices by French law enforcement officers during COVID-19.

May 13, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Files Update to UN Committee ahead of Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court’s Hearing on Askarov Case

The Justice Initiative has filed a submission to the UN Human Rights Committee as part of a follow-up procedure regarding the implementation of the Committee’s 2016 decision Askarov v Kyrgyzstan, regarding the unjust and arbitrary detention of journalist and human rights defender Azimjan Askarov.

May 12, 2020
Advocacy update

European Court of Human Rights Decision Upholds Prosecutorial Independence Across the Council of Europe

The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously ruled that Romania’s 2018 dismissal of Laura Kovesi as the head of Romania’s anti-corruption directorate violated the European Convenion on Human Rights.

May 05, 2020
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