Topic: Criminal Justice


Ruziyev v. Republic of Uzbekistan

A survivor of the May 2005 massacre in Andijan, Uzbekistan, accuses the Uzbek authorities of subjecting him to torture and illegal detention in 2003 and 2004.

Last update: May 12, 2014

Askarov v. Kyrgyzstan

Azimjan Askarov was detained and tortured by police in the aftermath of ethic violence in June 2010. He was given a life prison sentence after a manifestly unfair trial.

Last update: October 01, 2019
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European Rights Court Seeks Responses from Spain on Police Ethnic Profiling

A young foreign resident of Spain filed a complaint before the court over a racially-biased police identity check.

January 12, 2018
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EU Must Fix Flawed Criminal Justice Systems

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the European Council of Ministers and Parliament to develop a strong EU Directive to guarantee the right to early access to legal representation for all people accused or suspected of crimes.

June 07, 2012
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European Parliamentarians Urge Proper Investigation of Magnitsky Death

The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed a call from European parliamentarians for the Russia to fully investigate the death in custody of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.

January 28, 2014
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Freedom but Still No Justice for Kazakhstan's Human Rights Defender

The Open Society Justice Initiative joins the Kazakhstan International Bureau on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in welcoming the release from prison under a broad government amnesty of its director Yevgeniy Zhovtis.

March 30, 2012
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Beyond Obiang: U.S. Needs to Broaden Anti-Kleptocracy Efforts

The Open Society Justice Initiative is urging the U.S. Department of Justice to examine the role of international intermediaries such as bankers, lawyers, and accountants who collude in transactions evidently financed by the profits of corruption.

October 26, 2011
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Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes Legal Move on Assets of Equatorial Guinea's Obiang Family

The US Justice Department has initiated a legal action that targets a $35 million mansion in Malibu, California, owned by the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea.

October 14, 2011
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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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Guatemala Urged to Continue Public Prosecutor Reforms

A new report says reforms at Guatemala’s Public Ministry have resulted in “a significant improvement in criminal prosecutions."

June 26, 2014
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Pressing for Reform at Kazakhstan Universal Periodic Review

The Open Society Justice Initiative presented its concerns and recommendations for criminal justice reform, specifically on torture and fair trial procedure, to the Universal Periodic Review of Kazakhstan.

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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New Book Offers Roadmap to Less Biased, More Efficient Policing

Police forces can achieve greater efficiency and improve relations with minority communities by reducing ethnic profiling, according to a book published by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

May 11, 2009
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New Website Monitors International Criminal Court's Kenya Proceedings

The Open Society Justice Initiative has launched a website focused on International Criminal Court proceedings arising from the post-election violence that erupted in Kenya in 2007.

April 06, 2011
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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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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.

June 03, 2016
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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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