Topic: International Justice
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.
Atrocity Crimes in Mexico Demand an Extraordinary Response
There is a “reasonable basis” to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Mexico by both government forces and the Zetas drug cartel.
Funding Crisis Threatens to Shutter Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Court
The international community must ease the financial strain on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia or risk impunity for atrocities committed under the Khmer Rouge.
Continued Support is Needed for Justice in Sierra Leone
The Special Court for Sierra Leone will be the first post-Cold War international tribunal to conclude its mandate. The Open Society Justice Initiative is warning that its achievements may be undermined if pressing issues are not addressed.
African Tribunal Reinforces Nationality Rights for Children
The African Union body responsible for protecting children’s rights has urged Kenya to grant citizenship to children of its stateless Nubian minority, in a ruling that marks a victory in the battle against statelessness across the continent and beyond.
UN Fails to Address Crisis of Credibility Facing Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal
The Open Society Justice Initiative notes with dismay the recent statement by the spokesperson of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York, which failed to address the crisis of credibility facing the UN-backed Khmer Rouge...
Lawsuit Calls on European Court to Intervene in Guantánamo Death Penalty Case
The Open Society Justice Initiative has called on the European Court of Human Rights to instruct Poland to intervene by June 30 against possible capital charges for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was tortured on Polish soil.
Joint Call on Search for Next ICC Prosecutor
The Open Society Justice Initiative has joined a call for next ICC Prosecutor to have management as well as legal expertise.
Statement on Pretrial Detention and Discrimination
Advocates including the Open Society Foundations speak out on the estimated three million people around the world behind bars awaiting trial—many of whom are from the poorest and most marginalized sectors of society.
Conference Examines Implementation of UN Human Rights Recommendations
The Open Society Justice Initiative co-hosted a conference in November on improving national-level implementation of UN human rights recommendations.
Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Found Guilty of Crimes against Humanity
The conviction on of the two most senior surviving leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime marks a historic milestone both for international justice, and for Cambodia’s effort to confront its violent past.
New Report Calls for an Internationalized Response to Atrocity Crimes and Corruption in Mexico
A new report argues that international participation and support will be essential to combating the political obstruction and partisan interests that currently impede Mexico’s troubled justice system.
Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes ICC Lubanga Judgment
The Open Society Justice initiative has welcomed the first judgment of the International Criminal Court, which found Thomas Lubanga Dyilo guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers in eastern Congo.
Cambodian Government Must Confirm New Judge Now
The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the Royal Cambodian Government to end an impasse that is threatening the future work of the Khmer Rouge tribunal.
Open Society Justice Initiative Sues U.S. Government for Khashoggi Records
A lawsuit filed in federal court in the South District of New York seeks the immediate release of government records relating to the killing of U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Kyrgyzstan Court Orders Compensation Payment, after UN Human Rights Committee Ruling
A court in Kyrgyzstan has for the first time enforced a ruling of the UN Human Rights Committee independently of any criminal conviction.
Judges’ Threat Poses New Challenge to Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal
The Khmer Rouge tribunal risks profoundly damaging its legacy to both the Cambodian people and to international justice should it agree to abandon its three remaining investigative cases.
Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes Affirmation of Taylor Verdict
The appeals chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone upheld the 50-year prison sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity given to Charles Taylor, the former Liberia leader.
Legal Stalemate over Guatemala’s Rios Montt Genocide Trial Threatens Victims’ Rights
The Open Society Justice Initiative is deeply concerned that the prosecution of former military leader Efrain Rios Montt remains stalled.
Rios Montt Genocide Trial: New Website Will Report on Proceedings
The Open Society Justice Initiative is supporting a website project focusing on the genocide trial of Efrain Rios Montt, the former general who ruled Guatemala in the early 1980s.