Topic: Civic Space

Litigation

Democracy and Human Rights Resource Centre and others v. Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan's freezing of the bank accounts of NGOs and human rights activists represents a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Last update: November 20, 2018
Litigation

Open Society Institute–Budapest v. Hungary

The Open Society Foundations are calling on the European Court of Human Rights to address violations of the rights to freedom of association and expression by the Hungarian government.

Last update: September 24, 2018
Litigation

Huseynov v. Azerbaijan

Emin Huseynov, an Azerbaijani journalist, argues that a declaration renouncing his nationality—made under duress—cannot be used by the government to revoke his citizenship.

Last update: December 07, 2017
Litigation

Colombian Draft Law on Transparency and Right to National Public Information

Colombia's Constitutional Court rejected as unenforceable the most concerning provision of the proposed law.

Last update: December 07, 2012
Litigation

Marques v. Angola

This case is about freedom of expression, focusing on a journalist who was imprisoned after criticizing the president of Angola.

Last update: February 11, 2010
Litigation

Freedom FM v. Cameroon

This case concerns a current-affairs radio station that was denied a broadcasting license in Cameroon.

Last update: October 02, 2019
Litigation

Herrera Ulloa v. Costa Rica

The courts in Costa Rica convicted journalist Mauricio Herrera Ulloa and his newspaper ‘La Nación’ for publishing allegations that a Costa Rican diplomat was involved in illegal activities.

Last update: July 02, 2004
Litigation

Open Society Justice Initiative v. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) et al

The Justice Initiative seeks the public release by U.S. government agencies of all documents related to the brutal murder in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian dissident writer and editor, and a U.S. permanent resident.

Last update: June 27, 2019
Advocacy update

Khashoggi FOIA Case Documents Available Online

The Open Society Justice Initiative has begun to publish online materials released by the U.S. government, in response to a Freedom of Information Act petition seeking the release of records relating to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Press release

African Commission Rules against Cameroon in Radio Station Case

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights has ordered Cameroon to pay compensation for blocking the launch of an independent radio station, in a ruling that reinforces protections for freedom of expression.

October 17, 2019
Briefing Paper

The Use of EU Law to Protect Civic Space

This briefing paper examines how European Union law can be used to protect the fundamental rights of independent civil society groups, in the face of government encroachment.

November 12, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-eu-law-civic-space.pdf
Voices

How NGOs, Journalists, and Courtroom Eyewitnesses can Strengthen Reporting on Atrocity Crimes Trials

Trial monitors play an important role in keeping the public informed of events in the courtroom. The Justice Initiative’s Monitoring Atrocity Crimes Trials: A Guide, offers clear guidance on what to monitor and how to convey important information.

May 29, 2020 | Taegin Reisman
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Voices

COVID-19 Poses a Threat to Justice. We Must Respond.

Read about the Open Society Justice Initiative's global work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

April 27, 2020 | James A. Goldston
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Litigation

Mhlungwana v. the State and the Minister of Police

Protestors successfully argued that it was unconstitutional for South African law to make the failure to give prior notice of a demonstration a crime.

Last update: April 18, 2017
Litigation

Da Cunha v. Yahoo de Argentina SRL and Another

The court is asked to determine whether two search engines are liable for natural search results that are alleged to infringe the claimant’s privacy and reputational interests.

Last update: February 22, 2017
Litigation

State Attorney of Israel v. Breaking the Silence

An Israeli NGO, Breaking the Silence, opposed a demand from the government to hand over documentation that would expose its confidential sources.

Last update: October 18, 2016
Litigation

Rodríguez v. Google and Another

A landmark 2014 ruling in Argentina on the liability of internet search-engine operators is likely to influence courts elsewhere in the region.

Last update: October 17, 2016
Litigation

Yildirim v. Turkey

A court in Turkey issued an injunction blocking access for all Turkish-based Internet users to the entire Google Sites domain, supposedly to block access to a single website which included content deemed offensive.

Last update: July 06, 2011
Litigation

MGN Ltd v. United Kingdom

This case before the European Court of Human Rights involves the massive costs of libel suits, which have a chilling effect on NGOs and small publishers by discouraging them from publishing important stories.

Last update: January 18, 2011
Litigation

Zhovtis v. Kazakhstan

This case concerns a human rights defender imprisoned in Kazakhstan. He faced a rushed and unfair trial after being involved in a fatal traffic accident.

Last update: November 09, 2010
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