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Human Rights Groups Demand Commission Remedy Timor Justice Failures

In a letter to the UN, six human rights groups, including the Open Society Justice Initiative, called for the creation of an international commission of experts to review the prosecution of serious human rights violations committed in Timor-Leste.

November 02, 2004
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Inter-American Court Quashes Journalist's Libel Conviction

The Inter-American Court has overturned the libel conviction of a Costa Rican journalist, setting an important precedent for defamation law reform in Latin America, reports the Open Society Justice Initiative.

August 13, 2004
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Lawyers From Three Continents Gather to Study Media Freedom

Lawyers from Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America will attend a three week course at Oxford concerning the promotion and defense of media freedom, organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

July 15, 2004
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New Group to Boost Free Speech in Eastern Europe

The Open Society Justice Initiative announces the formation of the International Media Lawyers' Association, which will target restrictive media laws and promote freedom of expression across Eastern Europe.

March 08, 2004
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Nomination of United Nations Experts Marks Step Forward for Khmer Rouge Tribunal

The nomination by the United Nations of international legal experts to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia is a major advance toward the establishment of the tribunal that will try Khmer Rouge leaders, according to the Open...

March 13, 2003
Advocacy update

Khashoggi FOIA Case Documents Available Online

The Open Society Justice Initiative has begun to publish online materials released by the U.S. government, in response to a Freedom of Information Act petition seeking the release of records relating to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Advocacy update

The Justice Initiative Calls for Investigation into Death of Human Rights Defender in Kyrgyzstan

The Open Society Justice Initiative has made a submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UN HRC) asking to remind the government of Kyrgyzstan of its duty to conduct an effective and impartial investigation into the circumstances and causes of Azimjan Askarov’s death in prison.

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Justice Initiative and CEHRI Call on Austria to Accelerate Prosecution of Syrian War Crimes

The Justice Initiative and the Centre for the Enforcement of Human Rights International (CEHRI) call on the Austrian government to expedite its efforts to investigate and prosecute suspects for war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated during the Syrian conflict.

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