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ECHR Fast-Tracks Case on Racial Profiling by Police in France

Over four years after Seydi and others v. France was filed before the European Court of Human Rights, the tribunal has designated this case on racial profiling by police as a priority for more expeditious case-processing by labelling it as a potential “impact” case (“affaire à impact”).

October 19, 2021
Advocacy update

Eight Years After Chemical Weapons Attacks at Ghouta, Investigations Have Been Opened in Three European Countries

Judicial authorities in Germany, France, and Sweden have opened investigations into chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, crimes against humanity that have killed hundreds of civilians, including children.

August 21, 2021
Advocacy update

Human Rights Organizations Thank ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda for Service

Human rights organizations sent their gratitude to the outgoing International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for her many years of service.

June 14, 2021
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Settles ICC Executive Order Lawsuit with the Biden Administration

The Open Society Justice Initiative settled their lawsuit against the U.S. government an executive order that authorized sanctions against the International Criminal Court.

April 30, 2021
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Joins Statement Calling For Greater Accountability for Syria’s War Crimes Ahead of Major International Chemical Weapons Meeting

In advance of the second meeting of the 25th Session of the Conference of the States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), 15 organizations have released a joint statement urging states to pursue greater accountability for crimes against humanity perpetrated during the Syrian conflict.

April 15, 2021
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Supports ACLU’s Challenge against International Criminal Court Sanctions

The Justice Initiative supports the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who filed a preliminary injunction in their case challenging the Trump administration’s executive order that authorized sanctions against individuals who assist the ICC.

March 15, 2021
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Welcomes First-Ever Conviction of Syrian Official for Crimes Against Humanity

In the trial of Eyad al-Gharib, a German court has, for the first time, convicted a Syrian official of crimes against humanity for acts perpetrated during the country’s decade long civil conflict.

February 24, 2021
Advocacy update

Concern Over Appointment of William Shawcross to Review UK’s Counter Terror Strategy

Open Society Justice Initiative is joining Muslim rights organizations in expressing deep concern about William Shawcross’s suitability for Reviewer of Prevent in the UK, given his record and previous statements on Islam.

January 28, 2021
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