Three women who are marching in a student protest chant with other protesters.

Civic Space

Lawyers and advocates from the Open Society Justice Initiative seek to protect basic democratic rights around the world—often in the face of authoritarian repression that seeks to silence dissent.

Promoting the rights of people to organize freely and speak critically about their governmentsindividually or together—lies at the heart of the mission of the Open Society Foundations.

At the Justice Initiative, we vigorously advocate against government efforts to curtail those freedoms. We are committed, in particular, to defending the independence of mechanisms of accountability, including prosecutors, judges, bar associations and law societies, as well as independent human rights and law groups from illegitimate attacks on their work and funding. We also seek to promote the public’s right to obtain information needed to ensure accountable government. 

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