Topic: Civic Space

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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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
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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

Bumbeș v. Romania

Together with Greenpeace Romania, the Justice Initiative argues that activist Mihail-Liviu Bumbeș should not have been required to give three days notice when he and three others chained themselves to the gate of a Romanian government building.

Last update: July 18, 2019
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
Voices

Case Watch: South Africa’s Constitutional Court Strikes Down Restrictive Protest Law

A carefully reasoned ruling from South Africa’s Constitutional Court will reinforce the existing international jurisprudence supporting the right to peaceful protest.

November 29, 2018 | Sandra Coliver
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
Voices

Caught on Film: What the Law Says About Filming the Police in Europe

The rise of social media and easily shareable video allows members of the public to film interactions with the police. But across Europe, this is now increasingly a contested issue.

June 08, 2017 | Roxane Cassehgari & Daniel Simons
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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

Girleanu v. Romania

A Romanian journalist was temporarily detained, charged, and fined for having confidential information related to national security in his possession.

Last update: August 26, 2014
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

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

Kasabova v. Bulgaria

The case, involving a journalist found liable for criminal libel, raised questions about the burden of proof and liability standards that ought to apply in criminal defamation proceedings.

Last update: April 19, 2011
Litigation

Deyda Hydara Jr. and Others v. The Gambia

The Open Society Justice Initiative is representing the family of Deyda Hydara, a Gambian journalist killed in 2004. The case calls for a full investigation and seeks compensation for the family.

Last update: April 01, 2011
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