Topic: Criminal Justice

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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.

February 07, 2014

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.

February 03, 2014 | Alexandra Cherkasenko
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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.

January 28, 2014
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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.

December 26, 2013

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.

November 2013
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Fact Sheet

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.

November 2013
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Fact Sheet

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.

November 2013 | Kersty McCourt
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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.

November 21, 2013
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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.

October 17, 2013

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.

October 11, 2013 | Lanna Hollo & Zsolt Bobis
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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.

October 02, 2013

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.

September 2013
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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.

September 17, 2013 | Stanley Ibe

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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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.

July 02, 2013

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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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.

June 19, 2013

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

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
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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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