Topic: Criminal Justice
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.
Lithuanian Parliament Revamps Legal Aid
A new law in Lithuania establishes countrywide system of legal assistance for the poor, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Council of Europe Parliamentarians Endorse Tshwane Principals
The Open Society Justice Initiative welcomes the endorsement by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) of the Global Principals on National Security and the Right to Information.
Legal Aid Law Adopted in Moldova
The Moldovan parliament voted unanimously to approve a new legal aid law developed by a working group which benefited from extensive consultations with the Open Society Justice Initiative.
New Legal Aid Law Adopted in Georgia
A new legal aid law adopted in Georgia introduces a full-fledged model of public defenders as legal aid providers, a development praised by the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Urgent Action Needed on Rules for Khmer Rouge Tribunal
In an open letter to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Open Society Justice Initiative and other civil society group urge the court to adopt internal rules of procedure that satisfy international standards for the holding...
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.
Urgent Action Needed on Rules for Khmer Rouge Court
Urgent action is needed to ensure the timely adoption of rules to govern the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Khmer Rouge Court Session Highlights Need for More Active International Engagement
Setbacks at a meeting of judges and staff at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia last week highlighted the challenges facing the tribunal, the Open Society Justice Initiative reports.
Ta Mok's Death Underscores Need for Prompt Khmer Rouge Trials
The death last Friday of Ta Mok, the notorious butcher of Cambodia's killing fields, highlights the urgency of effective prosecutions by the war crimes court which launched operations this month in Phnom Penh, reports the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Open Society Justice Initiative Calls for a Fair Trial in Kyrgyzstan
The Open Society Justice Initiative demands a fair trial for Zulkhumor Tokhtanozarova, who is being held on charges of theft which she is believed to have confessed to under torture.
Experts on Pretrial Detention Gather in Mexico
“Lasting Change in Pretrial Detention: Recent Experiences in a Global Context,” a two day workshop hosted by the Open Society Justice Initiative, brings together criminal justice practitioners and researchers from eight countries to compare...