Topic: Criminal Justice
Fact Sheet: The Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice
We seek to document what happens when pretrial justice systems fail, and to develop and share cost-effective ways to get them working.
A Move Towards New Standards for Pretrial Justice in Africa
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has taken a significant decision to address policing and pretrial detention issues.
Magnitsky v. Russia
Sergei Magnitsky died in pretrial detention in Russia after being denied essential medical care, in retaliation for exposing a $230m fraud involving senior Interior Ministry officials.
Case Watch: Challenging Police Abuse in Spain
A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights has recognized the particular vulnerability of black women in Spain to racial discrimination and abuse.
Pardons are Not a Solution to Prison Overcrowding
The first half of 2012 brought a bumper crop of prison pardons. But they are not an effective way of managing prison populations.
Living in a Shadow of Perpetual Suspicion
Rizwaan Sabir was treated as a terrorism suspect for downloading a document for his academic research in 2008. His story highlights concerns about how anti-terrorism powers are being used by UK police.
European Parliament Supports New Arrest Rights
In a breakthrough this week, the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee agreed on a strong proposal for a directive that will guarantee the right to lawyer for all people accused or suspected of crimes.
Legal Empowerment: An Integrated Approach to Justice and Development
This working paper sets out Open Society Foundations’ vision of how legal empowerment can support development and justice by ensuring that the law is not confined to books or courtrooms, but is available to everyone.
Law Talks: Rupert Skilbeck on Torture
Rupert Skilbeck, head of litigation at the Open Society Justice Initiative, looks at the evolution of international law on torture and ill-treatment.
Law Talks: Marion Isobel on Arrest Rights
Marion Isobel of the Open Society Justice Initiative looks at how international legal standards are being used to combat torture, abuse and excessive detention of suspects in police custody.
Law Talks: Julia Harrington Reddy on Discrimination
Julia Harrington Reddy, a lawyer at the Open Society Justice Initiative, considers the challenges and effectiveness of using strategic litigation in the battle to end discrimination.
Case Watch: UN Human Rights Committee Falls Short on Arrest Rights
Europe’s top human rights court has affirmed the importance of early access to legal counsel. But the UN Human Rights Committee has passed up an opportunity to affirm the same high standards globally.
Why Police Profiling Is Not Just a New York Problem
In cities across Western Europe, young men of color are subjected to discriminatory police stops, contributing to a profound sense of alienation—not just from the police, but from society at large.
UK Stop and Search Policing Tactics Mar Human Rights Report
Members of the UN Human Rights Council have raised concerns over ethnic, racial and religious profiling in the way British police carry out “stop and search” checks.
Case Watch: Brazil’s Supreme Court Rules against Blanket Prohibition on Pretrial Release
Brazil’s Supreme Court has overturned a blanket ban that prevented pretrial release pending trial for anyone charged with certain categories of drug crime.
France’s New Government Moves Quickly on Discriminatory Police Stops
France’s new prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, says his government is planning to introduce a system of “receipts” aimed at tracking police stops that have been found to focus disproportionately on Arab and African youths.
How Malawi Put Access to Justice on the UN’s Agenda
The head of Malawi's Paralegal Advisory Service Institute talks about how an innovative legal aid scheme for pretrial detainees in Malawi sowelaid the groundwork for new global UN guidelines on access to legal advice.
Case Watch: UN Rejects Evidence Obtained Under Torture
Many of the cases brought before the UN Committee against Torture are brought by people who claim that their extradition or deportation would put them at risk of torture. But sometimes, the situation is compounded. What if a request for...
UN Recognizes the Vital Role of Legal Aid
Members of the UN have agreed that properly funded legal aid schemes are not just optional, but should be a basic part of any country's justice system.
The Future of the European Court of Human Rights: A View from Ukraine
European governments are discussing the future of the European Court of Human Rights. For Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries, the importance of the court has never been greater.