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