Topic: Civic Space
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.
Freedom FM v. Cameroon
This case concerns a current-affairs radio station that was denied a broadcasting license in Cameroon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open Society Justice Initiative Challenges Hungarian Constitutional Court Ruling on Anti-NGO Laws
The Open Society Justice Initiative is returning to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge Hungarian laws that criminalize and tax the work of independent civil society groups.