Topic: Criminal Justice
Nachova v. Bulgaria
This case involves the killing of two unarmed Roma conscripts by the Bulgarian military. The Open Society Justice Initiative argues that the incident violated the European Convention on Human Rights.
Etxebarria v. Spain
A challenge to Spain’s anti-terrorism detention regulations argues that holding two suspects incommunicado without independent legal and medical advice created conditions for abuse.
Arrest Rights Challenge
In Poland, many accused don’t have access to a lawyer until the investigation into their case has been completed. This brief challenges the practice, which undermines the fundamental right to a fair trial.
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.
Magnitsky v. Russia
Sergei Magnitsky died in pretrial detention in Russia after being denied essential medical care, in retaliation for exposing a $230m fraud involving senior Interior Ministry officials.
Kazakhstan Court Orders Damages in Police Torture Case
A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the local police authorities to pay compensation to Alexander Gerasimov for his torture by police, in an important step forwards for accountability.
French Court to Hear Unprecedented Challenge to Police Ethnic Profiling
Thirteen young French men of North or Sub-Saharan African origin say that they have been subject to identity checks based on what they look like, rather than something they did.
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.
With Askarov Case, Kyrgyzstan Belies Pledges to End Torture and Uphold the Rule of Law
Azimjan Askarov, a 66-year-old human rights defender, remains in prison serving a life sentence, despite manifest and profound shortcomings in the handling of his case.
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.
Polish Prosecutor Recognizes Guantanamo Prisoner as Victim in CIA Black Site Investigation
The Polish prosecutor's office has granted Guantanamo prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri status as a victim in a pending criminal investigation into a CIA black site in Poland, following a complaint brought by lawyers working with the Open Society...
Top European Court Demands Answers on CIA Rendition
Macedonia has become the first government called to account for its collaboration with the CIA's extraordinary rendition program before an international tribunal.
Khmer Rouge Indictments Mark Progress, Yet Tribunal's Future Uncertain
The indictment today of four former senior Khmer Rouge leaders is a major development in the struggle for justice in Cambodia. However, the court’s ultimate success is far from assured.
European Court Ruling Bolsters Media Freedom
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights unanimously held that media premises are exempt from police searches, marking a major victory for press freedom across the continent.
Presumption of Innocence in Mexico Project Launches Studies on Pretrial Detention
Mexico's widespread overuse of pretrial detention is costly, harmful, and ineffective. It is also unjust. To combat this problem, the Open Society Justice Initiative today launched a series of publications on pretrial justice in coordination with...
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...
Open Society Justice Initiative Condemns Kenyan Government Allegations
The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the Kenyan government to immediately withdraw false allegations made before the Kenyan parliament with regard to the May 2010 deportation of Justice Initiative fellow Clara Gutteridge.
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.
European Court Finds Against Excessive Legal Fees in Libel and Privacy Cases
Drawing on arguments made by the Open Society Justice Initiative, the European Court of Human Rights ruled last week that excessive legal fees charged by claimants’ lawyers in libel and privacy cases violate freedom of expression.