Topic: Rule of Law

Voices

How International Justice Can Go Local

Over 30 national and regional initiatives have been launched to prosecute mass atrocity crimes since the early 1990s. A comprehensive new survey looks at the lessons learned.

October 04, 2018 | Eric Witte
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Press release

Guatemala Must Continue Its Commitment to Combat Corruption and Impunity

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has violated his country’s agreement with the United Nations by preventing the head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) from reentering the country.

September 04, 2018
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative and Namati Launch Guide to Document Citizenship for Stateless People

A new guidebook, created through a partnership between the Open Society Foundations, Namati, and the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, seeks to help the 1.1 billion people who lack access to crucial identification documents.

June 26, 2018
Briefing Paper

Legal Analysis of Hungary’s Anti-NGO Bill

This briefing paper analyzes legislation passed by the Hungarian parliament that criminalizes efforts by civil society groups to offer support to refugees and migrants.

June 2018
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Press release

Independent Expert Panel Assesses Candidates for 2018 Inter-American Court of Human Rights

The creation of an independent panel to review the selection process for the Inter-American human rights system is part of a continuing effort by civil society groups to promote transparency.

May 08, 2018
Voices

How Small Data Can Improve Access to Justice for the Poor

Collective data drawn from individual case work can be used to identify what does and doesn’t work in improving access to justice for all.

May 02, 2018 | Matthew Burnett & Tom Walker
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Publication

A Toolkit for Drafting Complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Committee Against Torture

This manual for human rights activists and lawyers seeks to develop their skills in using litigation as one of the tools to combat torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and punishment.

April 2018
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Publication

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.

April 11, 2018 | James A. Goldston
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Press release

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.”

February 12, 2018
Briefing Paper

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.

February 2018
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Press release

International Rights Groups Urge Mexico’s President to Veto Flawed Security Law

A proposed new security law in Mexico will regularize the role of the armed forces in domestic law enforcement with no significant civilian oversight.

December 18, 2017
Voices

How Data Is Helping in the Struggle for the Right to Education in South Africa

Winning a court ruling alone was not enough to ensure that schoolchildren in the impoverished Eastern Cape province of South Africa have decent desks and chairs.

December 08, 2017 | Allison Corkery
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Report

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Torture in Custody

This study looks at how activists in Argentina, Kenya, and Turkey have sought to use the courts to secure remedies for torture victims and survivors, bring those responsible to justice, and enforce and strengthen the law.

November 14, 2017
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Report

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.

November 2017
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Briefing Paper

Joint Submission on International Standards for Regulating the Use of Force

A submission to the Human Rights Committee from the Open Society Justice Initiative and four other rights groups on the interpretation of human rights law on the use of force.

November 01, 2017
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Voices

With NGOs Under Attack, the European Union Needs an Early Action Plan

The European Union’s commitment to a “sharper and more coherent” effort to support embattled civil society groups around the world requires a bold and structured approach.

June 29, 2017 | Kersty McCourt
Report

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights

This comparative study examines the ways indigenous communities in Malaysia, Paraguay, and Kenya and their advocates are using litigation in an effort to defend their rights and win compensation.

April 2017
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Voices

Finding a Way Out of Legal Limbo in the Dominican Republic

Community-based paralegals are helping people of Haitian descent secure the legal identity documents that affirm their citizenship.

April 19, 2017 | Cassandre Theano
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Report

Understanding National Progress: A Cross Regional Exchange on Access to Justice

A summary a meeting organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative in Washington, D.C., in October 2016, which focused on developing effective measurements for access to justice.

April 2017
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Press release

Independent Experts Assess Candidates for Inter-American Human Rights Commission

The six national nominees competing this June for three vacant positions at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will be assessed by an independent panel of experts.

April 02, 2017
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