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Justice Initiative Calls on U.S. to Deploy Global Magnitsky Act to Curb COVID-19 Rights and Corruption Abuses

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the U.S. government to use the Global Magnitsky Act to address human rights abuses and corruption related to COVID-19 pandemic responses around the world.

July 09, 2020
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ICC Announces Prosecutor Nomination Short List, Justice Initiative Calls for Additional Actions to Ensure Merit

Following the International Criminal Court's release of shortlisted candidates for the role of prosecutor , the Justice Initiative calls on member states to ensure that the candidates embody outstanding professional merit and “high moral character,” a key requirement for the position.

July 01, 2020
Advocacy update

Groups Call on a Brazilian Court to Uphold Human Rights in Prisons during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Justice Initiative, in partnership with civil society organizations Conectas and Elas Existem, submitted a joint amici brief to the Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro detailing the government’s obligations under international law to protect the human rights of incarcerated persons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 19, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Calls for Accountability for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Syria

The Justice Initiative has co-signed a letter calling on European member states, prosecutors with jurisdiction over crimes committed in Syria, and other decision-makers to ensure access to justice for survivors of systemic sexual and gender-based violence during the Syrian civil conflict.

June 18, 2020
Advocacy update

New Legal Opinion Calls on EU to Act on Hungary’s Emergency COVID-19 Laws

The Open Society Justice Initiative and Blackstone Chambers released a legal opinion on Hungary’s Authorization Act and associated decrees, calling on the European Union to hold Hungary accountable for violations of EU law.

June 08, 2020
Advocacy update

African Lawyers call for Clarity on Election Rules under COVID-19

The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) has filed a request to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to elaborate on the rules and standards that should govern elections in Africa during the coronavirus pandemic.

June 05, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Applauds Worker Suit against Amazon for COVID-19 Labor Conditions

Workers and family members of workers at Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York have filed a lawsuit to force changes to the company’s on-the-job and leave policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 03, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Calls on UK Government to Address Racial Discrimination by Law Enforcement during COVID-19 Lockdown

The Justice Initiative has joined an open letter calling on the UK government to narrow the powers of police to enforce the lockdown and take immediate measures to address racial and ethnic discrimination.

May 31, 2020
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