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U.S. Senate Hears Open Society Justice Initiative Testimony on Crimes Against Humanity

In June, Open Society Justice Initiative special counsel Diane Orentlicher provided expert testimony on crimes against humanity to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law.

September 10, 2008
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Report Issues Stinging Indictment of News Censorship, Abuse of Public Money, Across Latin America

Rampant government interference with press freedom threatens editorial independence and access to unbiased news in seven Latin American countries, according to a report coproduced by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

August 11, 2008
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Karadžic Arrest Hailed as a Triumph for Victims and for Justice

The arrest of one of the world's most notorious fugitives, Radovan Karadžic, on genocide and other charges is a milestone in international justice and signifies major if long overdue progress by Serbia, the Open Society Justice Initiative said.

July 22, 2008
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German Employment Case Focuses on Religious and Ethnic Discrimination

The Open Society Justice Initiative challenged religious and ethnic discrimination in a brief the organization filed in an employment case in Hamburg, Germany.

July 13, 2008
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Rights Groups Demand Investigation of CIA's Extraordinary Rendition Program

Lawsuits against Germany, United States, and Macedonia seek justice for Khaled El Masri, a German citizen rendered to Afghanistan and tortured by the CIA, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative, who met with partner organizations in...

June 12, 2008
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Open Society Justice Initiative Expert Gives Senate Testimony on Rape as War Crime

Kelly Askin, senior legal officer on international justice, testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law about rape as a weapon of war.

May 16, 2008
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Rights Groups Urge United Nations on Justice in Northern Uganda

In a letter sent to the UN Security Council, the Open Society Justice Initiative and two other leading human rights organizations urged the full pursuit of justice for mass crimes committed in northern Uganda.

May 16, 2008
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Open Society Justice Initiative Applauds Torture Ruling

With Saadi v. Italy, the European Court of Human Rights has reaffirmed the European Convention ban on deporting people to countries where they are at risk of being tortured, in a decision hailed the Open Society Justice Initiative and other human...

April 15, 2008
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