Topic: Criminal Justice

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How Independent Agencies Can Begin to Hold Police Accountable

Countries around the world are building agencies independent from the police to conduct and prosecute allegations of serious crimes by police or other state agents

May 10, 2021 | Masha Lisitsyna & Ian Scott
Police under a bridge in Tijuana, Mexico
Publication

Who Polices the Police? The Role of Independent Agencies in Criminal Investigations

This publication explores the efforts of independent investigative agencies to investigate and prosecute allegations of serious crimes against police and other state agents.

May 07, 2021
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Voices

Prisons and Jails Should be Prioritized for the Coronavirus Vaccine

Under international law, vaccinating prison populations against COVID-19 is an obligation that falls to the government—and because they are particularly at risk, incarcerated persons should be among the first groups to be vaccinated.

February 08, 2021 | Maïté De Rue
A medical worker injects a person sitting in a wheelchair with a needle
Press release

Justice Initiative Welcomes African Court’s Ruling against “Arbitrary” Vagrancy Laws

In a landmark advisory opinion, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights found that vagrancy laws on the books of at least 38 African countries discriminate against women, children, people with disabilities, and others.

December 04, 2020
Advocacy update

Equality Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Adopts New Resolution on Police Profiling

The Open Society Justice Initiative applauds the adoption of a draft resolution by the Equality Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calling on all European States to pass laws to ban ethnic profiling.

December 02, 2020
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
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
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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

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
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
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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