Topic: Rule of Law

Briefing Paper

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.

June 2015
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African Court Orders Remedies and Damages in Case of Murdered Journalist

Africa’s fledgling human rights court has made its first substantial order of financial damages, in a case against Burkina Faso brought by the wife of Norbert Zongo, an investigative journalist murdered in 1998.

June 09, 2015 | Chidi Odinkalu
Press release

New Panel Assesses Candidates ahead of Inter-American Human Rights Vote

An independent panel legal experts is urging the Organization of American States to adopt a more transparent approach to selecting judges and commissioners for the inter-American human rights court and commission.

June 03, 2015
Briefing Paper

Case Digests: Human Rights Decisions of the East African Court of Justice, May 2015

Summaries of 18 decisions taken by the East African Court of Justice affecting the rule of law and human rights, taken between May 2013 and February 2015.

May 2015
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Case Watch: Time Limits Thwart Justice in East Africa

The East Africa Court of Justice's strict two-year time limit—and refusal to recognize ongoing violations—impedes access to justice.

May 20, 2015 | Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye

Case Watch: European Court Insists on Stringent Investigation of Enforced Disappearance

A case involving a man who disappeared after being detained by the army in south-east Turkey illustrates how the legal thinking of the European Court of Human Rights has evolved over the past two decades.

May 11, 2015 | Zsuzsanna Nyitray

Africa’s Rights Commission Targets Aribitrary Arrest and Detention

New guidelines from the African Commission meant to improve arrest and detention practices should be greeted warmly—if also warily, since their success will depend on proper implementation by national governments.

May 06, 2015 | Stanley Ibe

Case Watch: Defining “Degrading Treatment” at the European Court of Human Rights

Two recent cases show the Strasbourg courts efforts to refine its definition of what amounts to inhuman or degrading treatment for a person held in detention.

May 05, 2015 | Amy Strand
Press release

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.

April 29, 2015
Press release

Guatemala Recommits to Battle against Criminal Impunity

Extending the work of a UN-backed commission in Guatemala that fights corruption and organized criminality will reinforce efforts to strengthen the rule of law, the Open Society Justice Initiative said.

April 24, 2015

Amid Ebola Emergency, Political Problems Distract Sierra Leone

The sacking of Sierra Leone's vice president has sparked political tensions and fueled concerns about the role of the constitution and the rule of law.

March 27, 2015 | Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye
Press release

An Action Plan to Strengthen the Execution of European Human Rights Rulings

Civil society groups have set out a ten-point action plan aimed at strengthening the execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

March 27, 2015
Briefing Paper

Unfinished Business: Guatemala’s International Commission against Impunity

The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala remains an “indispensable partner” in battle against organized criminality, according to this review of the performance of the UN-backed body.

March 2015
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Press release

NGOs Respond to Belgian Proposals on European Rights System

Ten European and international civil society groups have responded to proposals from Belgium that could lead to speedier and more effective execution of judgments made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

March 03, 2015

Kazakh Court Again Orders Police to Pay Torture Compensation

A court in Kazakhstan has again ordered local police to pay compensation to a torture victim, recognizing the country’s obligation to respond to the UN Committee Against Torture.

December 24, 2014 | Alexandra Cherkasenko

Justice, Development Planning, and the Role of Regular People

The move toward including justice in the UN’s post-2015 development agenda highlights the fundamental role of civil society—and regular people—in securing sustainable development.

December 18, 2014 | Peter Chapman

Access to Justice Should Be a Development Priority

Indonesia should support the inclusion of justice targets in the new set of development goals being negotiated at the UN.

December 17, 2014 | Erna Witoelar & Alvon Palma
Press release

Ban Ki-moon Places Justice at Heart of Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Open Society Foundations welcome UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for justice to feature as an essential element of the next global sustainable development agenda.

December 05, 2014

Case Watch: Lithuanian Farmers Argue that a Blockade Is Not a Riot

A European court case involving a peaceful, but disruptive, demonstration by angry Lithuanian farmers has implications for the right to protest across Europe.

November 21, 2014 | Amy Strand

Judicial Independence Under Threat in Guatemala

Recent events have shown that Guatemala’s justice system is still subject to powerful political and economic interests.

November 11, 2014 | Emi MacLean
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