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Ukraine President Approves Concept Paper for Improving Legal Aid
Ukraine President Viktor Yuschenko approved the Concept Paper on Reforming the Legal Aid System in Ukraine, taking an important step in the nation's process of improving access to justice, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Groundbreaking Study Finds Massive Ethnic Profiling
Riders on the Moscow Metro who appear non-Slavic are over twenty times more likely to be stopped by police than those who look Slavic, according to Ethnic Profiling in the Moscow Metro, a new report produced by the Open Society Justice Initiative...
Announcement of Judges is Major Advance for Khmer Rouge Tribunal, but Unmet Needs Remain
The appointment of judges and prosecutors to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia is a major step toward establishing the court that will try the architects of Cambodia's killing fields, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Roma Children Pursue Final Appeal in Landmark School Segregation Case
Eighteen Romani children forced to attend segregated schools in the Czech Republic filed their final appeal in a landmark case before the European Court of Human Rights, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Security Council Must Address Costs of Moving Taylor Trial to The Hague
If the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor is moved from Sierra Leone to the Hague, the international community must shoulder the increased financial costs and address the likely negative impacts for Taylor's victims, warns the Open Society Justice...
Justice Initiative and Four Other Groups Join Landmark Access to Information Case
The Open Society Justice Initiative and four other rights organizations filed a brief with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which seeks to establish that the American Convention on Human Rights guarantees a right of access to information...
Human Rights Organizations Call for Dissemination of East Timor Report
An open letter to Kofi Annan cosigned by 12 human rights groups, including The Open Society Justice Initiative, expresses concern that that the report of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste has not yet been...
European Court Fails to Find Czech Roma Children Victims of Racial Discrimination in Education
The European Court of Human Rights ruled against 18 Roma children who had been forced to attend segregated schools in the Czech Republic, in a decision condemned by the Open Society Justice Initiative.