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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.

June 28, 2012
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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.

June 07, 2012
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Freedom but Still No Justice for Kazakhstan's Human Rights Defender

The Open Society Justice Initiative joins the Kazakhstan International Bureau on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in welcoming the release from prison under a broad government amnesty of its director Yevgeniy Zhovtis.

March 30, 2012
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Jean-Claude Duvalier Must Stand Trial

A group of international and Haitian legal advocacy groups has expressed support for continuing efforts in Haiti to prosecute Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the country’s former ruler, for human rights abuses committed during his 15 years in power.

December 14, 2011
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Sons Seek Justice for Murdered Gambian Journalist

Two sons of Deyda Hydara, a prominent Gambian journalist who was murdered in December 2004, are taking their demand for a proper investigation into his death to West Africa's regional human rights court.

December 05, 2011
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Khmer Rouge Tribunal: UN Must Act to Restore Credibility

A new report from the Open Society Justice Initiative calls for an independent panel of three senior international judges to investigate allegations of judicial misconduct.

November 15, 2011
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Beyond Obiang: U.S. Needs to Broaden Anti-Kleptocracy Efforts

The Open Society Justice Initiative is urging the U.S. Department of Justice to examine the role of international intermediaries such as bankers, lawyers, and accountants who collude in transactions evidently financed by the profits of corruption.

October 26, 2011
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Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes Legal Move on Assets of Equatorial Guinea's Obiang Family

The US Justice Department has initiated a legal action that targets a $35 million mansion in Malibu, California, owned by the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea.

October 14, 2011
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