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Open Society Voices

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September 12, 2014 | by Martin Schoenteich

Each year some 15 million people around the world spend time locked up in prison cells and detention centers while they await trial.

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September 12, 2014 | by Martin Schoenteich

Every year, millions find themselves behind bars, awaiting trial on criminal charges—victims of what is perhaps the most overlooked human rights crisis of our time: the overuse of pretrial detention.

September 12, 2014 | by Jonathan Birchall

There are an estimated 3.3 million people in jails around the world awaiting trial, or the finalization of a trial, at any one time—roughly a third of the world’s prison population. Many don’t need to be there.

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.