Topic: Rule of Law

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Statement on Pretrial Detention and Discrimination

Advocates including the Open Society Foundations speak out on the estimated three million people around the world behind bars awaiting trial—many of whom are from the poorest and most marginalized sectors of society.

December 10, 2010
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ECOWAS Court Finds Gambia Failed to Investigate Death of Leading Newspaper Editor

The regional human rights court has rebuked the government of President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia over the killing of Deyda Hydara in 2004.

June 11, 2014
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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.

October 04, 2011
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Open Society Justice Initiative Sues U.S. Government for Khashoggi Records

A lawsuit filed in federal court in the South District of New York seeks the immediate release of government records relating to the killing of U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

January 09, 2019
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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
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Georgia's First Public Defender Office Opens in Tbilisi

Georgia’s first public defender office will provide legal aid for criminal defendants unable to afford a lawyer thanks to a pilot program established with technical assistance from the Open Society Justice Initiative and others.

June 21, 2005
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Independent Panel Finds Only Three of Five Inter-American Human Rights Commission Candidates Qualified for Office

Two out of five candidates for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are unqualified for office, a new report by independent experts finds.

June 07, 2019
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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.

February 28, 2005
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Ukraine Public Defender Office Promotes Rights of the Accused

A newly opened public defender office—a joint project of the Open Society Justice Initiative and two other civil society groups—recorded a major success last week when it was assured by Regional Director of Kharkiv Police that local police will...

December 21, 2006
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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.

November 07, 2006
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Open Society Justice Initiative Trains Lawyers in Combating Torture

Lawyers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan join international human rights law experts this week for a practical seminar on strategic litigation to combat torture and ill-treatment organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

June 23, 2006
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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
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2005 Andijan Massacre: A Survivor Appeals for Justice

Husanboy Ruziyev, a survivor of the 2005 massacre that left hundreds dead, accuses the Uzbek authorities of subjecting him to torture and illegal detention in 2004, and of failing to properly investigate the 2005 violence.

May 12, 2014
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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.

April 30, 2014
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Independent Report Gives High Marks to Prosecution Reform in Guatemala

A new report highlights progress made by Guatemala's Public Ministry under Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz, now seeking a second term in office.

April 28, 2014
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New Principles Address the Balance between National Security and the Public’s Right to Know

The Tshwane principles focus on how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to protect people from national security threats.

June 12, 2013
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Rights Groups Urge Mexico to Adopt Proposed Advisory Council to Fight Impunity

The Mexican government is being urged to include international as well as Mexican experts in an advisory council that would spearhead the fight against impunity.

October 24, 2016
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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
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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
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Paralegal Justice Services Expand Across Sierra Leone

The number of paralegals providing free basic justice services in Sierra Leone will more than double next month, as donors join with non-governmental organizations and community-based groups to create a nation-wide network of legal assistance.

August 20, 2010
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