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Case Watch: Inaccessible Electricity Meters for Roma Challenged under EU Law

January 12, 2015 | by Simon Cox

In some mainly Roma districts in Bulgaria, the electricity company CEZ keeps the electricity meters on tall poles in the street, out of easy reach of householders.

Beyond the Rios Montt Trial, Guatemala’s Search for Justice Continues

January 12, 2015 | by Emi MacLean

The hurdles facing the prosecution of a former military dictator on genocide charges show the complexities of coming to terms with horrific crimes of the past.

Kazakh Court Again Orders Police to Pay Torture Compensation

December 24, 2014 | by Alexandra Cherkasenko

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.

Litigation

UN Human Rights Committee
Status: Active

A survivor of the May 2005 massacre in Andijan, Uzbekistan, accuses the Uzbek authorities of subjecting him to torture and illegal detention in 2003 and 2004.

European Court of Human Rights
Status: Active

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling for an investigation into the role Polish authorities played in this extraordinary rendition case.