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Justice Initiative Expresses Concern over Trump Administration Proposal to Expand Biometric Surveillance on Immigrants, U.S. Citizens

The Justice Initiative is expressing concern over a Trump administration proposal to expand the use of invasive data collection in the U.S., which could lead continuous surveillance of immigrants and their families.

October 13, 2020
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Justice Initiative Joins Syrian Groups in Filing First Criminal Complaint on Behalf of Sarin Attack Victims

The Justice Initiative, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, and Syrian Archive have filed a criminal complaint on behalf of chemical weapons attack victims to the Office of the German Federal Public Prosecutor.

October 06, 2020
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Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan Issues Final Positive Ruling Awarding Compensation for Prison Death

On Monday, September 28, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan declined an appeal filed by Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Finance on its ruling in the case of Ernazarov v. Kyrgyzstan, upholding a final decision awarding compensation to the family of the victim, Rahmonberdi Enazarov.

October 01, 2020
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Sues Trump Administration over International Criminal Court Executive Order

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over a Trump administration executive order authorizing draconian economic sanctions and severe civil and criminal penalties for those who support the ICC.

October 01, 2020
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Migrant Farmworkers in Greece Remain Unprotected After Disappointing Council of Europe Decision

The Open Society Justice Initiative is expressing concern over a decision to suspend Greece's obligation to make labor policy changes that would protect migrant farmworkers.

September 17, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Says Nominees for ICC Prosecutor Need Additional Vetting

The Justice Initiative and Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice submitted an open letter asking for additional, robust vetting of all candidates nominated for the ICC’s next prosecutor.

September 11, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Files Submission Requesting New UK Sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince

The Justice Initiative has made a submission to U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab requesting that he designate the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, as an “involved person” in the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020.

September 08, 2020
Press release

Justice Initiative Calls U.S. Sanctions Designations an Unprecedented Assault on ICC

The Open Society Justice Initiative issues a response to the U.S. government's authorization of sanctions and additional visa restrictions against senior International Criminal Court (ICC) officials, Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko.

September 02, 2020
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