Topic: Criminal Justice

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
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
Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in Germany

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

April 27, 2015
First page of PDF with filename: eu-legal-aid-germany-20150427.pdf
Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in France

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

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

Legal Aid in Finland

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

April 2015
First page of PDF with filename: eu-legal-aid-finland-20150427_0.pdf
Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in Belgium

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

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

Legal Aid in Ireland

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

April 2015
First page of PDF with filename: eu-legal-aid-ireland-20150501.pdf
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
Press release

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.

April 15, 2015
Voices

New UN Standards on Prisoners Will Strengthen Pretrial Justice

The members of the UN are moving to update global minimum standards on how prisoners should be treated, to take account of how the world has changed in the sixty years since they were first agreed.

April 13, 2015 | Marina Ilminska
Press release

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.

March 19, 2015
Voices

How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone Grantee Spotlight

Timap for Justice sent community-based paralegals into police stations in Sierra Leone. The result? Around half the people they helped were released on bail; more than a quarter saw charges dropped altogether.

March 17, 2015 | Marina Ilminska & Zaza Namoradze
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