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Justice Initiatives: Legal Empowerment

Eight case studies look at how legal empowerment projects can reduce poverty and help people realize their rights; with a forward by George Soros.

September 2013
First page of PDF with filename: justice-initiatives-legal-empowerment-20140102.pdf
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Joint NGO Statement: Protocol 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights Must Not Result in a Weakening of Human Rights Protection

Ten human rights and law groups are calling on members of the Council of Europe to ensure that a new protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights does not weaken its protections.

June 25, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: echr-protocol15-joint-statement-06272013.pdf
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The Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information (The Tshwane Principles)

The Tshwane Principles offer global standards on how to ensure the fullest possible public access to information, while protecting legitimate national security concerns.

June 12, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: global-principles-national-security-10232013.pdf
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The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention in Guinea Conakry

Three non-governmental organizations surveyed 105 adult pretrial detainees in two prisons to gather information on how their detention affected their socioeconomic position.

May 2013
First page of PDF with filename: ptd-snapshot-guinea-05232013.pdf
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The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention in Ghana

A report on the impact of pretrial detention in Ghana based on a survey of the experiences of 45 adults held in Kumasi prison.

May 2013
First page of PDF with filename: ptd-snapshot-ghana-05232013.pdf
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The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention in Sierra Leone

A report on the costs of pretrial detention in Sierra Leone, based on a random survey of 128 adults held in three prisons.

May 2013
First page of PDF with filename: ptd-snapshot-sierra-leone-05232013.pdf
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Arguments: Corruption as a Threat to the Rule of Law

Erica Razook, of the Open Society Justice Initiative, told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that large-scale money-laundering is a threat to human rights and the rule of law.

March 2013 | Erica Razook
First page of PDF with filename: razook-pace-corruption-testimony.pdf
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Arguments: The Effort to Reform Albania’s Libel Laws

Darian Pavli of the Open Society Justice Initiative reviews the effort that led Albania to reform its libel laws in 2012, and assesses the impact of the reforms so far.

April 2013 | Darian Pavli
First page of PDF with filename: pavli-albania-libel-05152013.pdf
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