Topic: Criminal Justice
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...
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.
Azimjan Askarov Takes His Torture and Unfair Trial in Kyrgyzstan to Human Rights Committee
The case of Azimjan Askarov, a 61-year old human rights defender, is a litmus test for the administration of justice in Kyrgyzstan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
New Report from Turkey Finds Accused Lack Legal Representation
An empirical study of legal aid in Istanbul jointly undertaken by the Open Society Justice Initiative and Istanbul Bilgi University found that only 10 percent of criminal defendants in Istanbul are represented by a lawyer.
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.
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.
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.
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.