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A Toolkit for Drafting Complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Committee Against Torture

This manual for human rights activists and lawyers seeks to develop their skills in using litigation as one of the tools to combat torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and punishment.

April 2018
First page of PDF with filename: litigation-toolkit-torture-20180427.pdf
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Human Rights Litigation Practice Notes: Legal Writing for Human Rights Claims

A guide for human rights lawyers to the preparation of persuasive claims before the regional human rights courts and United Nations Treaty Bodies.

May 2018
First page of PDF with filename: litigation-practice-note-writing-20180427.pdf
Fact Sheet

Restrictions on Muslim Women’s Dress in the 28 EU Member States

This fact sheet maps EU laws and pending legislation restricting religious dress—specifically the headscarf and face veil worn by Muslim women.

April 2018
First page of PDF with filename: restrictions-on-muslim-women's-dress-fact-sheet-20180710.pdf
Report

Restrictions on Muslim Women’s Dress in the 28 EU Member States

This report maps EU laws and pending legislation restricting religious dress—specifically the headscarf and face veil worn by Muslim women.

April 2018
First page of PDF with filename: restrictions-on-muslim-womens-dress-in-28-eu-member-states-20180709.pdf
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Civil Society and the Copenhagen Declaration on Reform of the European Court of Human Rights

Remarks delivered by James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, on the response of civil society to Denmark's proposed reforms of the European Court of Human Rights.

April 11, 2018 | James A. Goldston
First page of PDF with filename: james-goldston-remarks-on-copenhagen-declaration-on-reform-of-the-echr-20180411.pdf
Briefing Paper

Strengthening Access to Civil Justice with Legal Needs Surveys

This briefing paper argues that access to civil justice indicators should be included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals measurement framework.

April 2018
First page of PDF with filename: strengthening-access-to-civil-justice-with-legal-needs-surveys-20180628.pdf
Briefing Paper

The Molina Theissen Trial in the Courts of Guatemala

Background information on the trial of former senior Guatemalan military officers over crimes against humanity allegedly committed against members of the Molina Theissen family in 1981.

February 2018
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-molina-thiessen-20180220.pdf
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Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee Review of Hungary

This submission to the 122nd Session of the UN Human Rights Committee highlights the impact of Hungary’s ongoing anti-NGO campaign on its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

February 2018
First page of PDF with filename: submission-to-unhrc-hungary-20180212.pdf
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