Open Society Foundations

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 06:28
The Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) should be fairly straightforward: the law bans the United States from providing military assistance or arms sales to governments that use children in combat. Simply put, if a country’s government uses child soldiers, it cannot receive military support from the United States.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 06:59
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg is in principle rightly blind to external political considerations. But occasionally good timing (whether deliberate or unintentional) may serve to reinforce its efforts to defend the principles and values of the European Convention of Human Rights.
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 08:38
Broken Justice in Mexico’s Guerrero State examines the elements of that failure, and offers recommendations for change. The result of over two years of research and analysis by Mexican and international experts, and coproduced with Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan and the Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez, this report provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the structural deficiencies of Guerrero’s justice system—flaws that have enabled perpetrators of violence to operate with almost absolute impunity.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 06:39
There is a simple rule under international human rights law: any evidence obtained through torture cannot be used in court. But the implementation of this “exclusionary rule” is not that simple.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 07:54
“All these steps have contributed to better institutional functioning, and to increased confidence in the justice system,” it states.
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 00:00
In the Americas, legislators in a dozen countries have gutted pretrial reforms since 2000, bringing the majority into conflict with international law
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 07:53
The Kenyan government has credited its Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) with providing a robust counterterrorism response, thwarting dozens of terrorist plots, and arresting or killing dozens of terrorist suspects.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 00:00
This would involve a potentially horrendous situation in which a portion of the Dominican Republic's citizens are subject to ethnic screening, and then asked to prove the citizenship status of their parents and grandparents.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 00:00
Among the victims of state violence were 183 people listed in a death squad log-book or diary-the Diario Militar-created by The Archive (El Archivo), Guatemala's infamous presidential intelligence unit.