Topic: Criminal Justice

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Case Watch: European Court Ruling on Life Sentences Sets New Standard

In a new judgment, the European Court of Human Rights considered whether life in prison was acceptable if there was no possibility of a review or release—in other words, no hope.

July 09, 2013 | Marion Isobel
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African States Need to do More to Combat the Use of Torture

More African states need to take steps to make the use of torture a criminal offense, and to set up preventative monitoring and other measures to eradicate its use.

June 26, 2013 | Stanley Ibe
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New Insights into Pretrial Detention in Three West African Countries

Three new reports from Sierra Leone, Ghana and Guinea Conakry paint a similar picture of the costs of excessive and unnecessary pretrial detention.

May 23, 2013 | Kersty McCourt
Publication

The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention in Guinea Conakry

Three non-governmental organizations surveyed 105 adult pretrial detainees in two prisons to gather information on how their detention affected their socioeconomic position.

May 2013
First page of PDF with filename: ptd-snapshot-guinea-05232013.pdf
Publication

The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention in Ghana

A report on the impact of pretrial detention in Ghana based on a survey of the experiences of 45 adults held in Kumasi prison.

May 2013
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Publication

The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention in Sierra Leone

A report on the costs of pretrial detention in Sierra Leone, based on a random survey of 128 adults held in three prisons.

May 2013
First page of PDF with filename: ptd-snapshot-sierra-leone-05232013.pdf
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Case Watch: Politics, Justice, and Article 18

The European Court of Human Rights seldom rules on Article 18 of the European Convention. But several recent high profile cases have brought it into the spotlight.

May 14, 2013 | Marina Ilminska
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Africa Moves Ahead on Pretrial Detention Guidelines

A new initiative recognizes the need to address the drivers of excessive and arbitrary pretrial detention that aggravate prison overcrowding.

April 24, 2013 | Sean Tait & Kersty McCourt
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Case Watch: Retention of Fingerprints Violates Right to Respect for Private Life

The European Court has ruled that French authorities violated the right to respect for private life when they retained fingerprints in a government database after a suspect was acquitted.

April 22, 2013 | Costanza Hermanin & Steve Kostas
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Legal Tools: An Arrest Rights Toolkit for Lawyers

The first hours after arrest are crucial. If suspects don’t have access to basic criminal defense, they’re left vulnerable. A new resource aims to assist lawyers, police, and judges to advocate for arrest rights in Europe.

April 22, 2013 | Marion Isobel
Briefing Paper

Legal Tools: Early Access to Justice in Europe

Part of a toolkit on arrest rights in Europe, this “template brief” from the Open Society Justice Initiative provides lawyers with arguments and research to support litigation in domestic courts.

April 2012
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Briefing Paper

Legal Tools: Arrest Rights and the Right to Information

Part of a toolkit on arrest rights in Europe, this “template brief” from the Open Society Justice Initiative provides lawyers with research on the right of suspects to obtain information during criminal proceedings.

November 2012
First page of PDF with filename: arrest-rights-brief-right-to-Information-20121021.pdf
Briefing Paper

Legal Tools: Right to Legal Aid

Part of a toolkit on arrest rights in Europe, this “template brief” from the Open Society Justice Initiative provides lawyers with research on the right to legal aid for suspects and accused persons.

April 2013
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Briefing Paper

Legal Tools: International Standards on Criminal Defense Rights

This case digest sets out relevant extracts of the ICCPR and summaries of all of the key case law interpreting those standards by the Human Rights Committee.

April 2013
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Briefing Paper

Legal Tools: European Standards on Criminal Defense Rights

This case digest covers all of the core procedural rights that underpin access to justice and a fair trial. It summarizes all key case law from the European Court of Human Rights.

April 2013
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Viewed with Suspicion: Twenty Years after Stephen Lawrence

The Lawrence legacy of police reform isn’t complete. It requires action that recognises the human costs of stop and search—action that finally accounts for those on the receiving end.

April 22, 2013 | Rebekah Delsol
Cordel Robinson
Report

Viewed with Suspicion: The Human Cost of Stop and Search in England and Wales

How does it feel to bear the brunt of police profiling? The Open Society Justice Initiative conducted interviews with nine people whose lives have been directly affected by stop and search.

April 2013
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Why a Piecemeal Approach to Criminal Justice Reform in Nigeria Won’t Work

On the surface, a proposal that could free people held in prolonged prerial detention in Nigeria looks good, but it won’t deliver genuine reform of a dysfunctional system.

April 05, 2013 | Stanley Ibe
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Case Watch: Hungary Now Requires Real Opportunity to Access a Lawyer

Most countries have legislation stating that all people arrested by the police have the right to see a lawyer before they are interrogated. But law and practice are often very different things. Consider the case of Hungary.

March 26, 2013 | Marion Isobel
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Case Watch: European Court Recognizes a Mother’s Suffering as Inhuman Treatment

In a recent decision, the court took an unprecedented step in recognizing how excessive pretrial detention carries repercussions beyond the holding cells.

March 26, 2013 | Marion Isobel & Natalija Bitiukova
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