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Human Rights Groups Call on Belgium to Open Investigation into Saudi Crown Prince for Crimes against Humanity

The Open Society Justice Initiative welcomes the support of DAWN, MENA Rights Group, and the Freedom Initiative for a criminal complaint it filed in Belgium against Saudi Arabia for crimes against humanity.

January 10, 2023
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Egypt Must Answer for Unlawful Detention of Ramy Shaath, Say NGOs behind New Complaint

On behalf of activist and former political prisoner Ramy Shaath and his wife Céline Lebrun-Shaath, four human rights groups have filed a complaint against Egypt before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

December 12, 2022
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Urges Poland to Stop Death Penalty Against Guantánamo Prisoner

The Justice Initiative welcomes a resolution urging Poland to seek diplomatic assurances from the U.S. that a Guantánamo prisoner will not face the death penalty after a trial using evidence obtained through torture.

December 09, 2022
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ECtHR Decision Fails to Hold Italy Accountable for Obligations toward Stateless Persons

The Open Society Justice Initiative condemns a decision from the European Court of Human Rights to declare the application in Dabetić v Italy inadmissible—criticizing it as a missed opportunity for the court to affirm its own case law on protections for stateless persons under the European Convention on Human Rights.

November 18, 2022
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Discrimination Case Challenging Danish “Ghetto Package” Eviction Plan Referred to Court of Justice of the European Union

Denmark’s Eastern High Court has referred a case against the Danish government to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to consider whether the EU’s legal protection against racial discrimination applies to measures taken under Denmark’s “Ghetto Package” laws.

November 07, 2022
Advocacy update

Religious Dress Restrictions Are Unlawful, Not “Neutral,” Argues the Justice Initiative

The Justice Initiative, together with co-counsel, the Human Rights Centre at Ghent University, have filed a complaint against Belgium with the UN Human Rights Committee, arguing that religious dress restrictions are discriminatory against Muslim women.

October 21, 2022
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A Divided ECtHR Fails Victims of Discriminatory ID Checks In Spain, Argue Human Rights Groups

SOS Racisme Catalunya, the Open Society Justice Initiative, and Rights International Spain are deeply concerned about a decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Zeshan Muhammed v Spain which found that there was no violation of the prohibition of discrimination.

October 18, 2022
Advocacy update

Mohammed Bin Salman’s Appointment to Saudi Prime Minister Should Not Halt Accountability, Argues the Justice Initiative

In response to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s appointment as prime minister, which may grant him sovereign immunity in cases concerning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Justice Initiative calls on governments to hold the regime accountable.

September 28, 2022
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