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The Justice Initiative Releases New Recommendations for the Election of the ICC Prosecutor

Following the election of the third prosecutor in the history of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Justice Initiative, an active observer of the election process, has released a series of recommendations for future elections.

November 12, 2021
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Danish Court to Consider “Ghetto Package” Eviction Plan While Government Forges Ahead with Expansion of Racially Discriminatory Laws

Denmark’s Eastern High Court began deliberations on a case filed by Copenhagen residents against the Danish Ministry of Interior and Housing. The complainants are challenging the Ministry’s approval of a development plan under the country’s nationwide so-called Ghetto Package.

November 03, 2021
Advocacy update

The Justice Initiative Welcomes New Vetting Measures for Top ICC Officials

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) continues its process for the selection of two deputy prosecutors, the Justice Initiative applauds new due diligence measures to ensure that candidates meet the “high moral character” requirement for this role as required by the Rome Statute.

October 29, 2021
Press release

Civil Society Groups Urge Egypt to Implement Decision from Africa’s Top Human Rights Body on Torture and Abusive Detention

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and the Open Society Justice Initiative have sent a letter to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to express grave concern about Egypt’s continued non-compliance with the Commission’s decision in El Sharkawi v. Arab Republic of Egypt.

October 20, 2021
Advocacy update

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
Press release

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
Press release

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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