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German Prosecutors Charge Syrian Atrocity Crime Suspects

The trial of the two men will be the first international prosecution focusing on the widespread use of torture by the regime of Syria’s President Bashir al-Assad.

October 29, 2019
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African Commission Rules against Cameroon in Radio Station Case

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights has ordered Cameroon to pay compensation for blocking the launch of an independent radio station, in a ruling that reinforces protections for freedom of expression.

October 17, 2019
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A New Report Warns of Looming Threat to U.S. Citizenship, Calls for Moratorium on Denaturalizations

A new Open Society Justice Initiative report warns of a looming threat to U.S. citizenship due to the Trump administration’s effective renunciation of longstanding norms and constitutional protections.

September 17, 2019
Advocacy update

Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Statement of Concern on Assam Registration Crisis

Over 100 international and national civil society groups have signed a joint-letter calling for an international response to a India's troubled review of its National Register of Citizens in Assam.

September 05, 2019
Press release

European Court of Human Rights Finds Russia Responsible for Death of Whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky

The European Court of Human Rights today delivered a comprehensive rebuke to Russia over the 2009 death in pretrial detention of Sergei Magnitsky, the accountant who had previously exposed a $230m tax fraud involving officials of Russia’s powerful Interior Ministry.

August 27, 2019
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Challenges Hungarian Constitutional Court Ruling on Anti-NGO Laws

The Open Society Justice Initiative is returning to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge Hungarian laws that criminalize and tax the work of independent civil society groups.

August 26, 2019
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Defend Legacy of Guatemala's CICIG

The Justice Initiative joined over 200 organizations in a public statement, calling on Guatemala's new government to safeguard the advances of CICIG, the U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission.

August 22, 2019
Advocacy update

Appointment of UK's Prevent Strategy Reviewer 'Undermines Credibility'

The Justice Initiative and ten other groups say the top lawyer chosen to review the UK's counter extremism strategy lacks sufficient independence.

August 18, 2019
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