Topic: International Justice


Pretrial Detainees: At Risk of Torture

A new report reminds us that torture and other ill-treatment of prisoners are not aberrations; they are common, even routine, in many detention facilities around the world.

June 27, 2011 | Kersty McCourt

Case Watch: Italian “Push-Backs” of Migrant Boats Under Scrutiny

The human rights and anti-migrant sides of the EU immigration debate went head to head at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, in a controversial case over "push-backs," or interceptions, of migrants in the Mediterranean.

June 27, 2011 | Sarah Montgomery

Khmer Rouge Leaders on Trial: Q & A with James A. Goldston

James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, considers the significance of the trial of the top four surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, both for Cambodians and for the evolution of international justice.

June 24, 2011 | Jonathan Birchall
James A. Goldston

Italy’s Migrant Rights Record Under Scrutiny

The European Court of Human Rights will hear complaints against Italy by a group of Somali and Eritrean migrants who were pushed back to Libya by Italian naval vessels in their attempt to reach the Italian coast.

June 21, 2011 | Costanza Hermanin

Case Watch: A Window on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

It might not sound like exciting reading, but the 2010 annual report of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights presents an important resource for all those who are interested in human rights.

June 20, 2011 | Cristinel Buzatu

Czech Republic Flunks Again on Roma Schooling

The Czech government came under pressure from one of Europe's top political bodies last week for its failure to make sure all Roma children get a decent education—and was urged to lift its game starting with the next school year in September.

June 14, 2011 | Tracey Gurd

Europe Leads the Way Forward on Accountability for Torture

After a series of setbacks to efforts seeking accountability for CIA renditions, the European Parliament took an unexpected and positive step.

June 09, 2011 | Amrit Singh

Europe Moving to Strengthen Arrest Rights

Europeans may be surprised to hear that basic rights, such as the right to a lawyer or a phone call, are only now being debated at the European level. Yet at the moment many countries in the region fail to provide them.

June 08, 2011 | Marion Isobel

Europe Must Increase Pressure for Czech Roma Desegregation

The new Czech school year starts in September, and unless something drastic changes, many more Roma children could face segregation into "special schools" on the basis of their ethnicity.

June 07, 2011 | Tracey Gurd

Equatorial Guinea: Young People Lose Out as Summit Nears

Equatorial Guinea hosts this year's youth-themed African Union summit, despite a continuing stream of human rights abuses and the endemic corruption that has left the majority of citizens in this oil-rich country mired in poverty.

June 06, 2011 | Ken Hurwitz

Nigeria’s Freedom of Information Law: How Friends Launched a Movement

The successful passage of Nigeria's first Freedom of Information law provides a case study in how a small group of committed activists can inspire a wider movement for change.

June 03, 2011 | Chidi Odinkalu

Kyrgyzstan's Azimjan Askarov: A Birthday in Jail for Human Rights Defender

Azimjan Askarov, Kyrgyzstan's best known political prisoner, has just celebrated his 60th birthday in jail. His case stands as an indictment of the Kyrgyz government's treatment of its ethnic Uzbek minority.

June 01, 2011 | Masha Lisitsyna

As Poland’s Legacy of CIA Torture Erupts, Europe's Human Rights Court Must Act

New revelations about the CIA "black site" on Polish soil underscore the need for Europe's human rights court to act.

May 31, 2011 | Amrit Singh

Sri Lanka: Why the Silence?

It is time for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to move forward in his commitment to justice and accountability over the 2009 atrocities in Sri Lanka.

May 27, 2011 | Alison Cole

Unexplained Past, Unclear Future: Obama, Poland, and the CIA Black Site

Continued official secrecy over the existence of a CIA "black site" on Polish territory in 2002-03 continues to cast a shadow over the important strategic relationship between Washington and Warsaw.

May 27, 2011 | Adam Bodnar

Case Watch: A European Victory for Immigrants' Rights

Italy attempted to use the threat of prison sentences to pressure illegal immigrants to obey removal orders. But it ignored European law that demands a more proportional response from governments.

May 19, 2011 | Margot Dickson

Mad Dog in The Hague?

It might seem quixotic for the International Criminal Court to indict Libya's unrepentant leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi. But the call for justice can have a pragmatic effect too.

May 18, 2011 | James A. Goldston

U.S. Torture Puts a Stain on Europe

With the al-Nashiri rendition case, Europe has a chance to show the world that its human rights charter means what it says.

May 12, 2011 | Amrit Singh

Congo Justice: Where Convicted Rapists Go

Voices from inside Bukavu Central Prison, home now to those convicted of rape by the Kamituga mobile court.

May 10, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
Two men on a motorcycle in front of Bukavu Central Prison

Europe Must Intervene in Guantánamo Capital Case: Q&A with Amrit Singh

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the European Court of Human Rights to intervene urgently in the first death penalty case to be tried by U.S. military commissions at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

May 09, 2011 | Jonathan Birchall
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