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First Freedom of Information Case Reaches Americas' Court

After the Inter-American Commission finding Chile in violation of its international human rights charter, the Inter-American Court is to consider the first case involving the right to access public information in its 26-year history, according to...

July 14, 2005
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European Court of Human Rights Confirms Racial Discrimination in Landmark Bulgarian Case

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights yesterday affirmed in substantial part its first-ever finding of racial discrimination in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.

July 07, 2005
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Georgia's First Public Defender Office Opens in Tbilisi

Georgia’s first public defender office will provide legal aid for criminal defendants unable to afford a lawyer thanks to a pilot program established with technical assistance from the Open Society Justice Initiative and others.

June 21, 2005
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United Nations Human Rights Committee Finds Angola Infringed Freedom of Expression

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled that Angola violated the freedom of expression of a journalist, who was jointly represented by Interights and the Open Society Justice Initiative before the committee.

June 01, 2005
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Nigeria Says Taylor Cannot Stay If Terms of Asylum Violated

War criminal and former Liberian president Charles Taylor cannot remain in Nigeria if he is shown to have interfered in Liberian and regional politics, a representative of Nigeria’s government said at an OSI-sponsored event at the UN.

May 19, 2005
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Romania Reforms Advertising Law to Protect Media Freedom

Romania took an important step toward greater transparency of government advertising through public spending reforms developed in consultation with the Open Society Justice Initiative and other media freedom groups.

May 18, 2005
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Open Society Justice Initiative Makes Statement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

The Open Society Justice Initiative, together with partners in a number of African countries, is undertaking a survey of the state of the law.

May 02, 2005
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Police-Citizen Cooperation Works in Peru, UN Congress Told

Rachel Neild of the Open Society Justice Initiative briefed the UN Congress on the results of an experiment to bring Peru's police closer to the citizenry.

April 25, 2005
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