The Open Society Justice Initiative pursues strategic litigation and engages in policy advocacy in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Read our News Releases and Advocacy Updates on our work.
European Court Finds Romania Hosted CIA Secret Prison
The European Court of Human Rights ordered the Romanian government to investigate the secret detention, rendition, and torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, and to punish those responsible.
Independent Expert Panel Assesses Candidates for 2018 Inter-American Court of Human Rights
The creation of an independent panel to review the selection process for the Inter-American human rights system is part of a continuing effort by civil society groups to promote transparency.
New Report Calls for an Internationalized Response to Atrocity Crimes and Corruption in Mexico
A new report argues that international participation and support will be essential to combating the political obstruction and partisan interests that currently impede Mexico’s troubled justice system.
One-Third of EU Countries Have National or Local Bans on Muslim Women’s Dress
A new survey details dress restrictions enacted by both local and national governments, and by businesses and other institutions across the European Union.
Macedonia Issues Apology for Involvement in Torture by CIA
Macedonia has formally apologized to a man it unlawfully seized, held incommunicado, and handed over to the CIA. This is a welcome development, but an apology is not enough.
Africa’s Human Rights Court Strengthens Protections for the Right to Nationality
The African Court ruled in favor of a Tanzanian man who found himself forced to live in the no-man’s land between Kenya and Tanzania because of a dispute over his status.
UN Human Rights Body Urged to Respond to Hungary’s Assault on NGOs
The Open Society Justice Initiative says Hungary’s campaign against independent civil society groups seeks to “stifle and eliminate critical voices.”
European Rights Court Seeks Responses from Spain on Police Ethnic Profiling
A young foreign resident of Spain filed a complaint before the court over a racially-biased police identity check.