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Open Society Justice Initiative Expert Gives Senate Testimony on Rape as War Crime

Kelly Askin, senior legal officer on international justice, testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law about rape as a weapon of war.

May 16, 2008
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Rights Groups Urge United Nations on Justice in Northern Uganda

In a letter sent to the UN Security Council, the Open Society Justice Initiative and two other leading human rights organizations urged the full pursuit of justice for mass crimes committed in northern Uganda.

May 16, 2008
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Open Society Justice Initiative Applauds Torture Ruling

With Saadi v. Italy, the European Court of Human Rights has reaffirmed the European Convention ban on deporting people to countries where they are at risk of being tortured, in a decision hailed the Open Society Justice Initiative and other human...

April 15, 2008
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Open Society Justice Initiative Commends Ruling on Prisoners' Rights in Kazakhstan, Calls for Investigation of Torture

A ruling by Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council overturning a legal provision limiting the rights of prisoners who protested against widespread torture in prison is a step in the right direction, but authorities must investigate prisoners'...

March 27, 2008
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Open Society Justice Initiative Calls on Khmer Rouge Court to Fix Human Resource Problems

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia must address serious flaws in hiring and other personnel practices, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.

October 05, 2007
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Open Society Justice Initiative Urges Release of Khmer Rouge Court Audit

The United Nations Development Program must make public the full audit report on personnel management at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.

September 28, 2007
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Open Society Justice Initiative Hails Arrest of Former Khmer Rouge Leader

The arrest of former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia was praised by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

September 20, 2007
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Urgent Action Needed on Rules for Khmer Rouge Tribunal

In an open letter to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Open Society Justice Initiative and other civil society group urge the court to adopt internal rules of procedure that satisfy international standards for the holding...

March 05, 2007
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