Topic: Criminal Justice
Lawyers for Rendition Victim Intervene in Polish Investigation of CIA Black Sites
Lawyers cooperating with the Open Society Justice Initiative have filed an application demanding that the Appellate Prosecutor in Warsaw investigate and prosecute the people responsible for Guantanamo prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri’s transfer,...
Duch Verdict Marks Milestone for Khmer Rouge Tribunal
The conviction of Kang Guek Eav (“Duch”), the former chief of a notorious Khmer Rouge prison, represents a significant step toward accountability in Cambodia and a major achievement in international justice.
Survey Data Highlights Police Ethnic Bias in Spain
A new national survey released today in Madrid indicates that members of ethnic minorities in Spain are twice as likely to be stopped and checked by police than members of the majority population.
Open Society Institute Cautions Against ICC Review Taking on Aggression
Over 40 civil society organizations, including the Open Society Institute, are urging International Criminal Court (ICC) members to consider postponing codification of the crime of aggression in the Rome Statute beyond the June 2010 Review...
Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice at UN Crime Conference
The Open Society Justice Initiative drew attention to the plight of pretrial detainees at the 12th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
Open Society Justice Initiative Statement on Unjust Imprisonment of Evgeniy Zhovtis
Following the Kazakhstan Supreme Court’s refusal to reopen the case of human rights defender Evgeniy Zhovtis, the Open Society Justice Initiative will bring the case to the UN Human Rights Committee.
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.
Open Society Justice Initiative Responds to Cambodian Government Comments
The Open Society Justice Initiative Underlines its Record of Support for Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
Kyrgyzstan’s Top Court Fails to Deliver Expected Askarov Release
Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court this week failed to free the country’s best-known political prisoner, Azimjan Askarov, despite a ruling from the UN Human Rights Committee requiring his immediate release.
New Legal Action Targets Germany’s Support for U.S. Drone Strikes
Germany’s role in supporting drone strikes by the U.S. military is being challenged in legal complaints filed over the death of an innocent Somali herdsman in 2012.
Human Rights Committee Faults Kyrgyzstan for Death in Custody
The ruling against Kyrgyzstan from the UN Human Rights Committee underlines the obligation to protect prisoners from violence, including violence from other prisoners.
Guatemala Should Seek Renewal of UN-backed Anti-Impunity Commission
The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala is an “indispensable partner” in the battle against organized criminality and corruption, according to a new assessment from the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Justice Initiative Urges Top-Level UN Engagement in Cambodia
The Open Society Justice Initiative has urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a senior-level advisor to lead UN participation in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
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.
UN Human Rights Committee Finds Discrimination in Racial Profiling
The UN Human Rights Committee became the first international tribunal to declare that police identity checks motivated by race or ethnicity run counter to the international human right to nondiscrimination, in a case filed by the Open Society...
New Evidence Reveals Police in Europe Target Minorities Excessively
Pervasive use of ethnic and religious stereotypes by law enforcement across Europe is harming efforts to combat crime and terrorism, according to a report released by the Open Society Justice Initiative.
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.
Nigerian Court Paves the Way for War Crimes Victims' Suit Against Charles Taylor
A federal high court judge upheld a lawsuit to lift the asylum granted to former Liberian ruler and warlord Charles Taylor by the Nigerian government, reports the Open Society Justice Initiative.
United Nations Human Rights Committee Finds Angola Infringed Freedom of Expression
The United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled that Angola violated the freedom of expression of a journalist, who was jointly represented by Interights and the Open Society Justice Initiative before the committee.
U.S. Senate Hears Open Society Justice Initiative Testimony on Crimes Against Humanity
In June, Open Society Justice Initiative special counsel Diane Orentlicher provided expert testimony on crimes against humanity to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law.