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.
Human Rights Committee Faults Kyrgyzstan for Death in Custody
The ruling against Kyrgyzstan from the UN Human Rights Committee underlines the obligation to protect prisoners from violence, including violence from other prisoners.
European Court of Human Rights Calls on Spain to Strengthen Safeguards against Torture
The ruling in Etxebarria Caballero v. Spain emphasizes the obligations states have to protect suspects in police stations from torture and ill-treatment.
European Parliamentarians Urge Proper Investigation of Magnitsky Death
The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed a call from European parliamentarians for the Russia to fully investigate the death in custody of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.
Accord on Access to a Lawyer will Strengthen European Arrest Rights
A new EU directive will require police in all member states to ensure that suspects have appropriate access to a lawyer before questioning.
An Open Letter to the European Commission on Pretrial Detention
The Open Society Justice Initiative has joined 12 other groups in urging the European Commission to come forward with promised proposals to set common minimum standards for pretrial detention across the EU’s member states.
EU Must Fix Flawed Criminal Justice Systems
The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the European Council of Ministers and Parliament to develop a strong EU Directive to guarantee the right to early access to legal representation for all people accused or suspected of crimes.
Hungary Backslides on Arrest Rights
The Open Society Justice Initiative is deeply concerned by new legislation that allows suspects in serious crime cases to be held for up to 48 hours without access to defense counsel, and up to 5 days without court review.
Statement on Pretrial Detention and Discrimination
Advocates including the Open Society Foundations speak out on the estimated three million people around the world behind bars awaiting trial—many of whom are from the poorest and most marginalized sectors of society.