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Federal Prosecutor's Office v. Anwar R.

Anwar R., a former Syrian colonel who led a unit of Syria's General Intelligence Directorate, has been accused of supervising the “systematic and brutal torture” of more than 4,000 prisoners in a detention center known as Al Khatib, or Branch 251, resulting in the deaths of at least 58 people.

Last update: December 03, 2019
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Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law et al v. Sierra Leone

Two health-workers involved in efforts to combat the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, who themselves contracted and survived the virus, are seeking redress for deaths and damages caused by the corrupt diversion of million of international emergency relief funds.

Last update: January 31, 2020
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Open Society Justice Initiative v. the United States Department of Justice et al.

The Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to obtain records regarding activities and policies on the use of criminal and civil denaturalization of citizens, the revocation of derivative citizenship of family members, and policies and practice concerning statelessness in relation to denaturalization.

Last update: August 24, 2021
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Defensoria Publica and Ministerio Publico in Rio de Janeiro vs. State of Rio de Janeiro

A case filed by the Public Defender and the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Rio de Janeiro argues that under international human rights law, a State has a heightened duty to protect the health of incarcerated persons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last update: June 19, 2020
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Open Society Justice Initiative v. U.S. Department of Defense et al. and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services et al.

The Open Society Justice Initiative seeks disclosure of records concerning the timing and substance of the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last update: July 26, 2021
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Open Society Justice Initiative et al. v. Donald J. Trump et al.

The Open Society Justice Initiative and four law professors have filed a complaint against the U.S. government over a Trump administration executive order authorizing draconian economic sanctions and severe civil and criminal penalties for those who support the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Last update: April 30, 2021
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German Criminal Investigation into Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria

The Justice Initiative has joined with Syrian groups in filing the first criminal complaint against Syrian government officials for the 2013 and 2017 chemical weapons attacks in Ghouta and Khan Shaykhun. The complaint was filed before the Office of the German Federal Prosecutor.

Last update: October 06, 2020
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Vagrancy laws of state parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The Pan-African Lawyers Union has requested an opinion from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on whether vagrancy laws contravene the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Children’s Charter, and the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of women.

Last update: August 31, 2020
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Centro Prodh vs. the Governor of the State of Morelos et al.

This lawsuit against federal and state authorities in Morelos, Mexico, seeks to compel various levels of government to enact guidelines and policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and guarantee adequate standards of healthcare in detention.

Last update: October 26, 2020
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Elections in Africa during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Pan-African Lawyers Union (PALU) has submitted a request seeking guidance from the African Court on Human and People’s Rights for states and regional institutions on how to hold elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last update: July 20, 2021
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Yenina Esther Martínez Esquivia v. Colombia

Former Colombian delegate prosecutor Yenina Esther Martínez Esquivia has filed a petition before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights concerning her removal in 2004 after Martínez Esquivia ignored her superior’s orders to prematurely close a corruption investigation.

Last update: October 06, 2020
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Laura Codruța Kövesi v. Romania

After being dismissed from her position as chief prosecutor of Romania's National Anticorruption Directorate, Laura Codruța Kövesi lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights. The court ruled that the conditions of her removal had violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

Last update: May 05, 2020
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Ana Matilda Gómez Ruiloba v. Panama

Ana Matilda Gómez filed a petition before the Inter-American Commission challenging her dismissal as attorney general of Panama in 2010 after carrying out an investigation against a prosecutor for allegedly accepting bribes.

Last update: October 16, 2018
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Wa Baile v. Switzerland

Mohamed Wa Baile claims to have been subjected to ethnic profiling in 2015, when he was stopped by police officers in a train station in Zurich and told to identify himself. In 2018, Wa Baile lodged an application for the matter to be heard by European Court of Human Rights.

Last update: January 21, 2021
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French Criminal Investigation of Chemical Weapons Attacks In Syria

On March 1, 2021, the Justice Initiative joined Syrian survivors of chemical weapons attacks, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), and Syrian Archive in seeking a French criminal investigation for the August 2013 chemical weapons attacks on the city of Douma and on Eastern Ghouta.

Last update: March 01, 2021
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Swedish Criminal Investigation of Chemical Weapons Attacks In Syria

On April 19, 2021, the Open Society Justice Initiative joined survivors of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), Syrian Archive, and Civil Rights Defenders in filing a criminal complaint with Swedish War Crimes Commission within the Swedish Police Authority.

Last update: April 19, 2021
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Khadzhiyev and Muradova v. Turkmenistan

This case challenged the arbitrary killing of Ogulsapar Muradova, a journalist and human rights activist, who was tortured and died in custody in Turkmenistan in September 2006.

Last update: May 24, 2018
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Human Rights Monitoring Institute v. Republic of Lithuania

The Lithuanian Customs Department refused to disclose information that might have exposed its complicity in the CIA's rendition, detention and torture programs.

Last update: February 27, 2013
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Coalition on Violence Against Women and Others v. the Attorney-General of Kenya and Others

A group of Kenyan civil society organizations and victims of sexual and gender-based violence have brought a case to the Nairobi High Court against six Kenyan government officials demanding accountability.

Last update: February 20, 2013
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Citizens Against Violence and Others v. the Attorney General of Kenya and Others

More than 400 Kenyans were shot dead by police during the post-election violence in Kenya in early 2008. Victims have brought a class action constitutional case demanding accountability for the killings.

Last update: February 13, 2013
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