Topic: International Justice

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Open Society Institute Cautions Against ICC Review Taking on Aggression

Over 40 civil society organizations, including the Open Society Institute, are urging International Criminal Court (ICC) members to consider postponing codification of the crime of aggression in the Rome Statute beyond the June 2010 Review...

May 10, 2010
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Justice Initiative Urges Top-Level UN Engagement in Cambodia

The Open Society Justice Initiative has urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a senior-level advisor to lead UN participation in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

February 12, 2010
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Legal Groups Say Africa Should Not Create Its Own War Crimes Court

In a submission to the African Union, the Open Society Justice Initiative said that extending the jurisdiction of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights would undermine justice and accountability on the continent.

December 17, 2009
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Spain Investigates President of Equatorial Guinea for Laundering Oil Money

After thirty years of corrupt rule in Equatorial Guinea, Spanish courts are finally taking a serious look at what the ruling family does with the nation's oil wealth, reports the Open Society Justice Initiative.

August 03, 2009
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In New Article, Goldston Considers Need for Fresh Approach to Rule of Law Reform

Open Society Justice Initiative executive director James A. Goldston discusses the need for a new approach to rule of law reform, emphasizing local expertise and mutual learning between the global north and south.

May 11, 2009
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U.S. Senate Hears Open Society Justice Initiative Testimony on Crimes Against Humanity

In June, Open Society Justice Initiative special counsel Diane Orentlicher provided expert testimony on crimes against humanity to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law.

September 10, 2008
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Karadžic Arrest Hailed as a Triumph for Victims and for Justice

The arrest of one of the world's most notorious fugitives, Radovan Karadžic, on genocide and other charges is a milestone in international justice and signifies major if long overdue progress by Serbia, the Open Society Justice Initiative said.

July 22, 2008
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Rights Groups Demand Investigation of CIA's Extraordinary Rendition Program

Lawsuits against Germany, United States, and Macedonia seek justice for Khaled El Masri, a German citizen rendered to Afghanistan and tortured by the CIA, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative, who met with partner organizations in...

June 12, 2008
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Open Society Justice Initiative Applauds Torture Ruling

With Saadi v. Italy, the European Court of Human Rights has reaffirmed the European Convention ban on deporting people to countries where they are at risk of being tortured, in a decision hailed the Open Society Justice Initiative and other human...

April 15, 2008
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Khmer Rouge Tribunal Legacy Hinges on Final Cases

High-level war crimes cases should be tried by the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, rather than transferred to local courts, said a report released today by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

November 10, 2010
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Statement on ICC Lubanga Appeal Decision

Today’s decision by the International Criminal Court Appeals Chamber shows that it is still possible for Thomas Lubanga to receive a fair hearing in The Hague.

October 08, 2010
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Duch Verdict Marks Milestone for Khmer Rouge Tribunal

The conviction of Kang Guek Eav (“Duch”), the former chief of a notorious Khmer Rouge prison, represents a significant step toward accountability in Cambodia and a major achievement in international justice.

July 26, 2010
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Thousands Stripped of Citizenship in the Dominican Republic

A case challenging the Dominican Republic's treatment of its citizens of Haitian ancestry was filed before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Center for Justice and International Law.

June 01, 2010
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Open Society Foundations Welcome Charles Taylor Verdict

The guilty verdict in the trial of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, at the Special Court for Sierra Leone reinforces the rule of law, both in West Africa and around the world.

April 26, 2012
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UN Must Reconsider Commitment to Khmer Rouge Court

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling upon the United Nations to reassess its commitment to the Khmer Rouge tribunal following the recent resignation of International Co-Investigating Judge, Laurent Kasper-Ansermet.

April 02, 2012
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Open Society Justice Initiative Responds to Cambodian Government Comments

The Open Society Justice Initiative Underlines its Record of Support for Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

October 13, 2011
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New Report Stresses Lessons in Shortcomings of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal

A survey of the work of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia highlights lessons for future mass atrocity tribunals that combine local and international staff and judges.

February 16, 2016
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Guatemala Recommits to Battle against Criminal Impunity

Extending the work of a UN-backed commission in Guatemala that fights corruption and organized criminality will reinforce efforts to strengthen the rule of law, the Open Society Justice Initiative said.

April 24, 2015
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Time to Acknowledge Obstruction of Khmer Rouge Prosecutions

A failure by UN and international officials to admit that the Cambodian government is now deliberately obstructing the work of the Khmer Rouge tribunal risks undermining its integrity and reputation.

March 23, 2015
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Guatemala Should Seek Renewal of UN-backed Anti-Impunity Commission

The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala is an “indispensable partner” in the battle against organized criminality and corruption, according to a new assessment from the Open Society Justice Initiative.

March 19, 2015
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