Topic: Civic Space

Voices

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is Deploying a Massive New Database to Gather Biometric Information

A new U.S. Department of Homeland Security biometric database is projected to contain information on hundreds of millions of people by 2022 and represents an alarming development to scale up the agency's surveillance and information-sharing ability.

September 08, 2020 | Lesley Nash
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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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Advocacy update

The Justice Initiative Seeks Release of Documents Revealing Scientific Advice Given to the UK Government on COVID-19

The Justice Initiative has filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request with the UK Government seeking the disclosure of documents relating to the work of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) on COVID-19.

May 22, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Files Update to UN Committee ahead of Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court’s Hearing on Askarov Case

The Justice Initiative has filed a submission to the UN Human Rights Committee as part of a follow-up procedure regarding the implementation of the Committee’s 2016 decision Askarov v Kyrgyzstan, regarding the unjust and arbitrary detention of journalist and human rights defender Azimjan Askarov.

May 12, 2020
Litigation

Elections in Africa during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Pan-African Lawyers Union (PALU) has submitted a request seeking guidance from the African Court on Human and People’s Rights for states and regional institutions on how to hold elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last update: May 02, 2020
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
Woman holding a candle
Advocacy update

Human Rights Groups Alert U.N. to Alarming Actions by Mexican Prosecutors

More than 120 human rights groups and individuals are warning the U.N. about alarming trends emerging from Mexico’s new national Prosecutor General’s Office and the State’s Prosecution services.

April 02, 2020
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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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
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
Press release

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.

August 26, 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 | Sandy 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
Police surround a few people
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
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