Topic: Criminal Justice
Guatemalan Court Ruling on Attorney General’s Term Undermines Rule of Law
Guatemala’s constutional court has moved to cut short the four year term of the country’s reforming attorney general, Claudia Paz y Paz.
A Court Victory over Torture Raises Hopes in Kazakhstan
In an unprecented move, a court in Kazakhstan has ordered the authorities to pay compensation to a victim of police torture, enforcing a ruling by the UN Committee against Torture.
European Parliamentarians Urge Proper Investigation of Magnitsky Death
The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed a call from European parliamentarians for the Russia to fully investigate the death in custody of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.
French Courts Reject Constitutional Challenge to Discriminatory Police Stops
The French courts have turned down a constitutional challenge to police stops that have led to young men of African and Arab origin being singled out just because of the way they look.
Equality Under Pressure: The Impact of Ethnic Profiling in the Netherlands
The Dutch pride themselves on being members of an open, tolerant, and fair society. But for a growing number of people in the Netherlands, this ideal is being put under pressure by proactive police actions.
What is Pretrial Justice?
What does a functioning pretrial justice system look like? This fact sheet lays out in simple graphic terms the main steps towards ensuring proper protection of detainee rights.
2014–2019: Strengthening Arrest Rights in the European Union
This fact sheet sets out the remaining priorities for development of E.U.-wide standards on arrest and criminal procedural rights.
Kazakhstan Court Orders Damages in Police Torture Case
A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the local police authorities to pay compensation to Alexander Gerasimov for his torture by police, in an important step forwards for accountability.
Survey Data Highlights Police Ethnic Bias in Spain
A new national survey released today in Madrid indicates that members of ethnic minorities in Spain are twice as likely to be stopped and checked by police than members of the majority population.
Case Watch: Paris Court Rebuffs Police Discrimination Complaint
A French court ruling effectively prevents any judicial remedy for people who are singled out by police for stops based on their ethnic appearance.
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.
Justice Initiatives: Legal Empowerment
Eight case studies look at how legal empowerment projects can reduce poverty and help people realize their rights; with a forward by George Soros.
Envisioning a Better Future for Pretrial Detention in Africa
A new African initiative takes aim at the excessive and arbitrary use of pretrial detention and its associated human and economic costs.
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.
French Court to Hear Unprecedented Challenge to Police Ethnic Profiling
Thirteen young French men of North or Sub-Saharan African origin say that they have been subject to identity checks based on what they look like, rather than something they did.
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.
Accord on Access to a Lawyer will Strengthen European Arrest Rights
A new EU directive will require police in all member states to ensure that suspects have appropriate access to a lawyer before questioning.
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.
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.
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.