Topic: Criminal Justice
Searching for Answers, and Leadership, in Guerrero
Why has there been so little criminal accountability for past killings, disappearances, and torture in the Mexican state of Guerrero?
Pretrial Detention of Juveniles: As Common as It Is Wrong
The extended pretrial detention of juveniles should be a seldom-used measure of last resort, not the sadly common practice it is today.
Broken Justice in Mexico’s Guerrero State
This report analyzes the structural deficiencies of the justice system in Mexico’s Guerrero state—flaws that have enabled perpetrators of violence to operate with almost absolute impunity.
Activist’s Murder Adds to a History of Atrocities in Mexico’s Guerrero State
Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, who led searches to find unmarked graves and identify the remains of those who have disappeared in Mexico's Guerrero state, was found shot to death.
Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger
An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.
Nigeria’s Bold Legislative Agenda for Pretrial Justice Reform
A new law on the administration of justice in Nigeria offers an unprecedented opportunity to address fundamental problems with the pretrial process.
A U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Strengthens Rights of Pretrial Detainees
A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June has reinforced the principle that the authorities must protect prisoners in pretrial detention from the threat of violence.
Case Watch: European Court Pushes Poland to Speed Up Wheels of Justice
A new ruling from the European Court of Human Rights, and a new Criminal Justice Code, should help Poland address the problem of excessively long legal proceedings.
A Death in Police Custody, an Outpouring of Anger in the Netherlands
The death of 42-year-old Mitch Henriquez at the hands of Dutch police sparked four nights of violent rioting in the Hague, fueled by underlying tensions between the police and minority communities in the Netherlands.
Case Digest: Abuse of Detainees in Russia: Article 3 ECHR
This briefing paper summarizes 49 recent decisions delivered by the European Court of Human Rights relating to the prohibition of torture and degrading treatment (Article 3) within the Russian Federation.
Case Watch: Time Limits Thwart Justice in East Africa
The East Africa Court of Justice's strict two-year time limit—and refusal to recognize ongoing violations—impedes access to justice.
Case Watch: European Court Insists on Stringent Investigation of Enforced Disappearance
A case involving a man who disappeared after being detained by the army in south-east Turkey illustrates how the legal thinking of the European Court of Human Rights has evolved over the past two decades.
Africa’s Rights Commission Targets Aribitrary Arrest and Detention
New guidelines from the African Commission meant to improve arrest and detention practices should be greeted warmly—if also warily, since their success will depend on proper implementation by national governments.
Unequal Assistance: How Criminal Legal Aid Varies across the European Union
As the European Union begins to debate setting minimum standards for the provision of criminal legal aid, the Open Society Justice Initiative has taken a look at what currently happens in 9 different EU countries.
The Right to Understand the Right to Remain Silent
Do people really understand the right to remain silent? This essential right protects individuals from being compelled to make self-incriminating statements, yet too often there is a failure to ensure it is understood.
Legal Aid in Poland
This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in Poland.
Legal Aid in the Netherlands
This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in the Netherlands.
Legal Aid in Italy
This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in Italy.
Legal Aid in Hungary
This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in Hungary.
Legal Aid in Greece
This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in Greece.