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ECHR Fast-Tracks Case on Racial Profiling by Police in France

Over four years after Seydi and others v. France was filed before the European Court of Human Rights, the tribunal has designated this case on racial profiling by police as a priority for more expeditious processing by labelling it as a potential “impact” case (“affaire à impact”).

October 19, 2021
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New Kenya High Court Judgment Sets Important Precedent for Digital ID Privacy Protections and Processes

The Justice Initiative welcomes a Kenyan High Court judgment declaring the data collection and roll-out of biometric Huduma cards for the country’s digital ID system, the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), unconstitutional.

October 15, 2021
Advocacy update

Eight Years After Chemical Weapons Attacks at Ghouta, Investigations Have Been Opened in Three European Countries

Judicial authorities in Germany, France, and Sweden have opened investigations into chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, crimes against humanity that have killed hundreds of civilians, including children.

August 21, 2021
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A Class Action Lawsuit in France Challenges Racist Police Tactics

Civil society organizations including the Open Society Justice Initiative are seeking systemic changes from France’s Council of State.

July 22, 2021
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African Court Calls on Nations to Bolster Election Fairness and Transparency During COVID-19

All African Union Member States have a duty under international law to guarantee fairness and transparency in elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 19, 2021
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ECJ Reaffirms Restrictions Excluding Muslim Women in the Workplace

The top European Union court has made it clear that employers can restrict the wearing of "religious symbols," such as Islamic headscarves, but only in limited circumstances, which will stigmatize Muslim women.

July 15, 2021
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Justice Initiative Commends the Supreme Court for Declining to Immunize US Companies for International Law Violations Committed Abroad

The Supreme Court has ruled against enslaved children's bid to hold U.S. companies accountable for abusive labor practices, it also held that companies are not fully exempt—leaving open a route to greater corporate accountability.

June 17, 2021
Advocacy update

Human Rights Organizations Thank ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda for Service

Human rights organizations sent their gratitude to the outgoing International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for her many years of service.

June 14, 2021
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