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EU Top Court Strikes Down Hungarian “Stop Soros” Law

The EU’s top court has found that a 2018 Hungarian law targeting independent civil society breaches EU norms.

November 16, 2021
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Danish Court to Consider “Ghetto Package” Eviction Plan While Government Forges Ahead with Expansion of Racially Discriminatory Laws

Denmark’s Eastern High Court began deliberations on a case filed by Copenhagen residents against the Danish Ministry of Interior and Housing. The complainants are challenging the Ministry’s approval of a development plan under the country’s nationwide so-called Ghetto Package.

November 03, 2021
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Civil Society Groups Urge Egypt to Implement Decision from Africa’s Top Human Rights Body on Torture and Abusive Detention

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and the Open Society Justice Initiative have sent a letter to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to express grave concern about Egypt’s continued non-compliance with the Commission’s decision in El Sharkawi v. Arab Republic of Egypt.

October 20, 2021
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New Kenya High Court Judgment Sets Important Precedent for Digital ID Privacy Protections and Processes

The Justice Initiative welcomes a Kenyan High Court judgment declaring the data collection and roll-out of biometric Huduma cards for the country’s digital ID system, the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), unconstitutional.

October 15, 2021
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A Class Action Lawsuit in France Challenges Racist Police Tactics

Civil society organizations including the Open Society Justice Initiative are seeking systemic changes from France’s Council of State.

July 22, 2021
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African Court Calls on Nations to Bolster Election Fairness and Transparency During COVID-19

All African Union Member States have a duty under international law to guarantee fairness and transparency in elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 19, 2021
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ECJ Reaffirms Restrictions Excluding Muslim Women in the Workplace

The top European Union court has made it clear that employers can restrict the wearing of "religious symbols," such as Islamic headscarves, but only in limited circumstances, which will stigmatize Muslim women.

July 15, 2021
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Justice Initiative Commends the Supreme Court for Declining to Immunize US Companies for International Law Violations Committed Abroad

The Supreme Court has ruled against enslaved children's bid to hold U.S. companies accountable for abusive labor practices, it also held that companies are not fully exempt—leaving open a route to greater corporate accountability.

June 17, 2021
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