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Groundbreaking Lawsuit Challenges Racial Profiling by Police

In the first-ever legal challenge to racial profiling filed with an international human rights tribunal, a coalition of advocacy groups including OSI submitted an application to the UN Human Rights Committee, seeking to halt racial profiling by police.

September 12, 2006
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Ta Mok's Death Underscores Need for Prompt Khmer Rouge Trials

The death last Friday of Ta Mok, the notorious butcher of Cambodia's killing fields, highlights the urgency of effective prosecutions by the war crimes court which launched operations this month in Phnom Penh, reports the Open Society Justice Initiative.

July 24, 2006
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Open Society Justice Initiative Condemns Human Rights Crackdown in Nigeria

A police crackdown on a meeting of human rights activists in Nigeria and the threatened arrest of meeting organizers was condemned by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

July 13, 2006
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Open Society Justice Initiative Condemns Roma Evictions

The forced eviction and destruction of homes belonging to more than 200 Roma was condemned by the Open Society Justice Initiative, who are pursuing an application with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of several of the families.

July 06, 2006
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Open Society Justice Initiative Calls for a Fair Trial in Kyrgyzstan

The Open Society Justice Initiative demands a fair trial for Zulkhumor Tokhtanozarova, who is being held on charges of theft which she is believed to have confessed to under torture.

June 30, 2006
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Open Society Justice Initiative Trains Lawyers in Combating Torture

Lawyers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan join international human rights law experts this week for a practical seminar on strategic litigation to combat torture and ill-treatment organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

June 23, 2006
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Experts on Pretrial Detention Gather in Mexico

“Lasting Change in Pretrial Detention: Recent Experiences in a Global Context,” a two day workshop hosted by the Open Society Justice Initiative, brings together criminal justice practitioners and researchers from eight countries to compare...

June 21, 2006
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Justice Initiative Hails Adoption of Rules for Khmer Rouge Trials

The quest for justice in Cambodia advanced significantly when judges for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia announced their agreement on internal rules to govern the court's operations, the Open Society Justice Initiative said today.

June 13, 2006
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