Topic: Criminal Justice

Press release

Civil Society Lawsuit Accuses Mexican State Government of COVID-19 Mismanagement in Prisons

Centro Prodh has partnered with the Justice Initiative to file a lawsuit against the governor of the state of Morelos, the Mexican Ministry of Health, and other state authorities for failing to enact measures to properly manage and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state prison system.

November 13, 2020
Litigation

Centro Prodh vs. the Governor of the State of Morelos et al.

This lawsuit against federal and state authorities in Morelos, Mexico, seeks to compel various levels of government to enact guidelines and policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and guarantee adequate standards of healthcare in detention.

Last update: October 26, 2020
Voices

How a Legal Aid Program is Tackling the Crisis of Nigeria’s Overcrowded Prisons

In Nigeria, the overuse of pretrial detentions has placed a crushing burden on the justice system and the nation's overcrowded jails. That's where the Police Duty Solicitors Scheme, a legal aid program that has helped over 15,000 suspects, comes in.

March 16, 2020 | Chidi Odinkalu & Stanley Ibe
Three people at a table in a police station
Voices

Q&A: How a System to Document Police Stops Improved Policing in Fuenlabrada, Spain

Police inspector and criminal justice expert David Martín Abánades shares his insights on the implementation of a new system to collect data on police stops in Fuenlabrada, Spain.

March 13, 2020
A woman in a group handing her identification card to a police officer
Report

The Recording of Police Stops and Toolkit for the Analysis of Police Identifications

These toolkits seek to provide an overview of best practices regarding the recording of police stops, routine interactions between officers and the public, and the analysis of this data to improve policing.

March 2020
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Advocacy update

Domestic Court Reinforces Kyrgyzstan’s Obligation to Implement UN Human Rights Committee Decision

A city court in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan upheld a 2019 district court’s ruling that enforced a decision of the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) pertaining to the death of Rakhmonderdi Enazarov, which occurred while Enazarov was in police custody in 2005.

February 28, 2020
Advocacy update

Acquittal Marks Advance for Struggle against Torture in Brazil

A criminal court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has for the first time acknowledged the validity of internationally agreed standards on effective legal and medical investigations into allegations of torture—resulting in the acquittal of seven torture survivors who had been tried for drugs-related charges.

December 20, 2019
Litigation

Claudia Medina v. Secretaría de Marina and Fiscalia General de la República

The Mexican Navy has committed systemic patterns of torture and sexual violence with the rubber stamp approval of the prosecutor's office.

Voices

New Report Takes Stock of Court Reparations Rulings across Latin America

Courts across Latin America have developed innovative approaches to the challenge of delivering reparations to the victims of violence. A new report outlines lessons learned.

November 20, 2019 | Masha Lisitsyna & Adriana Garcia Garcia
Two indigenous women and a child at a ceremony in Mexico City
Fact Sheet

Regulating Police Stop and Search: An Evaluation of the Northamptonshire Police: Reasonable Grounds Panel—Fact Sheet

This fact sheet outlines how unique initiative between police and community members in Northamptonshire, UK has resulted in a more lawful and effective use of stop and search.

November 2019
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Report

Regulating Police Stop and Search: An Evaluation of the Northamptonshire Police Reasonable Grounds Panel

This report outlines how a unique initiative between police and community members in Northamptonshire, UK has resulted in a more lawful and effective use of stop and search.

November 2019
First page of PDF with filename: regulating-police-stop-and-search-20191106.pdf
Voices

Case Watch: UN Finds Mexico Responsible for Man’s Disappearance, Relies on Witness’s Word

There are more than 40,000 people who are missing in Mexico. One family’s journey to find out what happened to their son could help others seeking justice.

October 28, 2019 | Natasha Arnpriester & Juan Carlos Gutierrez
Mother holding sign of disappeared son
Litigation

Askarov v. Kyrgyzstan

Human rights defender Azimjan Askarov was detained and tortured by police in Kyrgyzstan after documenting human rights violations committed during inter-ethnic conflict in 2010. Askarov was given a life sentence after being denied a fair trial and died in July 2020.

Last update: October 01, 2019
Litigation

Ernazarov v. Kyrgyzstan

The Ernazarov case concerns the death in custody of Rahmanberdi Enazarov, who was arrested in November 2005 and charged with the serious sexual offense of forced sodomy.

Last update: October 01, 2019
Litigation

Akmatov v. Kyrgyzstan

Turdubek Akmatov was taken to the local police station in Kyrgyzstan and severely beaten during ten hours in custody. He died a few hours after being released without charge.

Last update: October 01, 2019
Report

Under Suspicion: Speaking Out about Ethnic Profiling in Spain

Ethnic profiling is common in Spain. Research consistently shows that police disproportionately stop and check minority groups throughout the country.

September 2019
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Voices

Almost a Decade after his Death, Sergei Magnitsky Gets a Measure of Justice

The ruling from Europe's human rights court validates the underlying rationale for the laws adopted by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and some other countries to impose sanctions on designated individuals implicated in gross human rights abuses.

August 27, 2019 | Aryeh Neier
The tombstone at the grave of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky at a cemetery in Moscow, Russia, on November 16, 2012.
Press release

European Court of Human Rights Finds Russia Responsible for Death of Whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky

The European Court of Human Rights today delivered a comprehensive rebuke to Russia over the 2009 death in pretrial detention of Sergei Magnitsky, the accountant who had previously exposed a $230m tax fraud involving officials of Russia’s powerful Interior Ministry.

August 27, 2019
Voices

Q&A: Mothers Are Leading the Search for Mexico’s Missing People

Mexico continues to break records for its rates of deadly violence and disappearances, but criminal accountability remains virtually absent. A group of mothers in the state of Coahuila have taken up their own fight for truth and justice.

August 22, 2019
A woman placing photographs on a street
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Defend Legacy of Guatemala's CICIG

The Justice Initiative joined over 200 organizations in a public statement, calling on Guatemala's new government to safeguard the advances of CICIG, the U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission.

August 22, 2019
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