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Battling the Muslim Ban

December 27, 2017Farhana Khera

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Middle East, North Africa & Southwest Asia

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The Slow-Motion Legal Disaster Unfolding within the Refugee Crisis

November 11, 2015 | Samar Muhareb

Many refugees fleeing Syria find themselves in a legal black hole. Now a Jordan-based organization is helping them piece their identities back together.

Case Watch: UN Committee Urges United Kingdom to Confront Iraq Abuses

June 4, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz

On the heels of a decision by a national court, the Committee against Torture urged the UK to set up a single independent public inquiry to investigate allegations of torture of detainees in Iraq.

Case Watch: British Judges Raise Standards for Investigating Wartime Abuses

May 29, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz, Steve Kostas

The High Court in London has ordered the UK government to overhaul the way it investigates hundreds of allegations of unlawful killings and detainee abuse by British soldiers in Iraq.

News Digest: Hundreds of Websites Blocked in India

August 24, 2012 | Becky Hogge

Weekly news digest produced by the Information Program. This week’s top story is about the Indian government’s decision to block hundreds of websites for fear they are inciting racial hatred.

Introducing the 2013 Moving Walls Photographers

July 17, 2012 | Amy Yenkin

Meet the latest documentary photographers chosen for Moving Walls, an exhibition produced by the Open Society Foundations that features in-depth explorations of human rights and social issues.

Slow Progress for Gay Rights at the United Nations, Part 2

March 12, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn
I previously expressed dismay and pessimism about the "progress" on LGBT rights at the United Nations. Unfortunately my fears were well-founded and the Human Rights Council debate on March 7 on the topic was a circus.

Case Watch: European Ruling Affirms the Rights of Migrants at Sea

February 27, 2012 | Simon Cox

By requiring states to guarantee human rights beyond their state´s territorial boundaries, Europe´s human rights court has upheld the primacy of fundamental rights and the rule of law.

Italy’s Migrant Interception Faces European Court Scrutiny

February 21, 2012 | Costanza Hermanin

The European Court of Human Rights will rule on Thursday on the case of Somali and Eritrean migrants who were sent back to Libya in 2009 after being intercepted in the Mediterranean by Italian Customs and Coastguard vessels.

Case Watch: Italian “Push-Backs” of Migrant Boats Under Scrutiny

June 27, 2011 | Sarah Montgomery
The human rights and anti-migrant sides of the EU immigration debate went head to head at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, in a controversial case over "push-backs," or interceptions, of migrants in the Mediterranean.

Italy’s Migrant Rights Record Under Scrutiny

June 21, 2011 | Costanza Hermanin

The European Court of Human Rights will hear complaints against Italy by a group of Somali and Eritrean migrants who were pushed back to Libya by Italian naval vessels in their attempt to reach the Italian coast.