Topic: Criminal Justice

Voices

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?

September 02, 2015 | Eric Witte
protest
Voices

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.

September 01, 2015 | Marina Ilminska
Report

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.

August 2015
First page of PDF with filename: broken-justice-mexicos-guerrero-state-eng-20150826.pdf
Voices

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.

August 11, 2015 | Eric Witte
People attending a wake
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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.

July 30, 2015 | Masha Lisitsyna & Alexandra Cherkasenko
Voices

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.

July 23, 2015 | Stanley Ibe
Voices

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.

July 16, 2015 | Marina Ilminska
Voices

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.

July 09, 2015 | Marion Isobel
Voices

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.

July 08, 2015 | Marc Krupanski
Briefing Paper

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.

June 2015
First page of PDF with filename: case-digest-abuse-detainees-russia-article-3-echr-20150622.pdf
Voices

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.

May 20, 2015 | Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye
Voices

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.

May 11, 2015 | Zsuzsanna Nyitray
Voices

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.

May 06, 2015 | Stanley Ibe
Voices

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.

April 27, 2015 | Zaza Namoradze & Marion Isobel
Voices

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.

April 27, 2015 | Erin Neff
Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in Poland

This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in Poland.

April 2015
First page of PDF with filename: eu-legal-aid-poland-20150427.pdf
Fact Sheet

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.

April 2015
First page of PDF with filename: eu-legal-aid-netherlands-20150427.pdf
Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in Italy

This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in Italy.

April 2015
First page of PDF with filename: eu-legal-aid-italy-20150427.pdf
Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in Hungary

This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in Hungary.

April 2015
First page of PDF with filename: eu-legal-aid-hungary-20150427.pdf
Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in Greece

This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in Greece.

April 2015
First page of PDF with filename: eu-legal-aid-greece-20150427.pdf
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