Topic: Rule of Law

Advocacy update

New Legal Opinion Calls on EU to Act on Hungary’s Emergency COVID-19 Laws

The Open Society Justice Initiative and Blackstone Chambers released a legal opinion on Hungary’s Authorization Act and associated decrees, calling on the European Union to hold Hungary accountable for violations of EU law.

June 08, 2020
Advocacy update

Human Rights Groups Alert U.N. to Alarming Actions by Mexican Prosecutors

More than 120 human rights groups and individuals are warning the U.N. about alarming trends emerging from Mexico’s new national Prosecutor General’s Office and the State’s Prosecution services.

April 02, 2020
Advocacy update

In Light of U.N. Khashoggi Investigation, Open Society Justice Initiative Renews Calls for Accountability

A new UN report calls for the an international criminal investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, underlining the importance of efforts by the Justice Initiative to secure the release of all U.S. government documents relating to the case.

June 19, 2019
Press release

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
Advocacy update

Civil Society Organizations Criticize anti-CICIG statement from OAS Secretary General

Civil society groups express dismay over ‘misguided’ tweet from Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Office of American States, regarding the work of the Guatemala's UN-backed anticorruption commission.

April 12, 2019
Press release

Independent Panel Will Again Assess Candidates to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission

While member states fail to act, civil society groups are again backing an independent review of candidates for one of the world's most influential human rights bodies.

April 02, 2019
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Protect Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Cutting U.S. funding would imperil a key international tool for upholding human rights, a coalition of civil society groups claims.

March 01, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
Press release

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
Press release

Azerbaijan Challenged Over Deprivation of Citizenship

A leading Azerbaijani journalist and rights defender, Emin Huseynov, is asking the European Court of Human Rights to rule that he has been wrongly stripped of his citizenship.

January 13, 2016
Press release

New Report: Time to Rebuild Rule of Law in Mexico’s Guerrero State

An assessment of the justice system in Mexico’s Guerrero state has underlined the systematic failure to investigate and prosecute the grave crimes of murder, torture and enforced disappearance.

September 02, 2015
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
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
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
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