Topic: Rule of Law
Ruziyev v. Republic of Uzbekistan
A survivor of the May 2005 massacre in Andijan, Uzbekistan, accuses the Uzbek authorities of subjecting him to torture and illegal detention in 2003 and 2004.
UN Human Rights Body Urged to Respond to Hungary’s Assault on NGOs
The Open Society Justice Initiative says Hungary’s campaign against independent civil society groups seeks to “stifle and eliminate critical voices.”
Turkmenistan Faces UN Challenge over Death of Human Rights Activist
Turkmenistan’s authoritarian state is being called to account before the UN Human Rights Committee over the death in police custody seven years ago of human rights activist Ogulsapar Muradova.
New Report from Turkey Finds Accused Lack Legal Representation
An empirical study of legal aid in Istanbul jointly undertaken by the Open Society Justice Initiative and Istanbul Bilgi University found that only 10 percent of criminal defendants in Istanbul are represented by a lawyer.
Time for Denmark to Acknowledge Its Role in CIA’s al-Awlaki Killing
The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed Freedom of Information requests over Denmark’s role in the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, in a CIA drone strike in 2011.
New Independent Panel Will Monitor Election of Inter-American Human Rights Commissioners and Judges
In a move to support and strengthen human rights in the Americas, a panel of five independent experts will monitor the forthcoming election of new members to the region’s human rights commission and court.
African Tribunal Reinforces Nationality Rights for Children
The African Union body responsible for protecting children’s rights has urged Kenya to grant citizenship to children of its stateless Nubian minority, in a ruling that marks a victory in the battle against statelessness across the continent and beyond.
Mexico Plans Its First Pretrial Services Agency
Mexican officials gathered in Chihuahua to plan the country's first pretrial services agency at a meeting organized and led by the Open Society Justice Initiative and its Mexican partner organization, Renace.
Open Society Justice Initiative Announces the Second African Clinical Teachers Training Workshop
To promote clinical legal education methodology among African law teachers, the Open Society Justice Initiative will hold a workshop Durban, South Africa.
Momentum for Legal Aid Reform Builds Across Europe and Beyond
The Second European Access to Justice Forum, organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Public Interest Law Initiative, met to discuss the need to reform legal aid systems.
New Group to Boost Free Speech in Eastern Europe
The Open Society Justice Initiative announces the formation of the International Media Lawyers' Association, which will target restrictive media laws and promote freedom of expression across Eastern Europe.
Baby Doc Duvalier Must Not Evade Justice
Haiti must ensure that Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the country’s former dictator, stands trial on charges arising from systematic human rights abuses, as required by international law.
Czech Roma Still Face “Educational Apartheid,” Despite Court Ruling Five Years Ago
The Open Society Foundations is urging the Czech government to end the institutionalized segregation of Roma children within its schools, five years after it was ordered to do so by the European Court of Human Rights.
East African Court of Justice
Learn more about the East African Court of Justice, which hears cases on violations of the rule of law, one of the fundamental and operational principles set out in the East African Community Treaty.
African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Learn more about the African Commission, which is tasked with promoting and protecting human rights by interpreting the African Charter and considering individual complaints.
Civil Society and the Copenhagen Declaration on Reform of the European Court of Human Rights
Remarks delivered by James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, on the response of civil society to Denmark's proposed reforms of the European Court of Human Rights.
European Union Law and Romanian Draft Law 140/2017 on Associations and Foundations
This briefing paper considers the extent to which a proposed new Romanian law on the management of civil society organizations would violate provisions of European Union law.
Strengthening from Within: Law and Practice in the Selection of Human Rights Judges and Commissioners
This joint report shines a light on the processes that governments use to nominate and select human rights judges and commissioners.
Justice for Development: Integrating Justice and Human Rights into the Post-2015 Development Framework
In remarks delivered at the United Nations in New York, James A. Goldston of the Open Society Justice Initiative argues that justice and rights must be part of new global develoment targets.
Case Digest: Abuse of Detainees in Russia: Article 3 ECHR
This briefing paper summarizes 49 recent decisions delivered by the European Court of Human Rights relating to the prohibition of torture and degrading treatment (Article 3) within the Russian Federation.