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Justice Initiative lawyers have represented scores of individuals and groups before domestic and international human rights courts and tribunals around the world. These cases seek not only to vindicate individual claims, but to establish and strengthen the law’s protection for all. 

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Salkanovic v. Ministry of Interior (Italy)

The Justice Initiative with Italian NGOs filed a petition on behalf of Salkanovic against the government, seeking a declaration that the Roma census violated Italian and EU antidiscrimination and data protection law.

Last update: April 23, 2013
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D.H. and Others v. Czech Republic

In 2007, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Roma children in the Czech Republic face systematic discrimination. But the Czech government has yet to take steps to remedy continuing school segregation.

Last update: July 16, 2012
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EC v. Italy

Roma in Italy are facing a wave of hostility, as fears of immigration from other EU countries are exacerbated by government-controlled media, and used to justify racist policies.

Last update: March 15, 2012
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Iseni v. Italian Ministry of the Interior

Roberto Iseni is in danger of criminal sanctions and expulsion because he failed to apply for a passport within a 12-month window following his 18th birthday, as dictated by Italian law.

Last update: December 20, 2011
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Bagdonavicius v. Russia

This is a case brought by the Open Society Justice Initiative challenging the destruction of Roma families' homes in Russia.

Last update: March 04, 2011
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Omerovic and Others v. Italy

In 2008 Italy introduced emergency legislation that applied only to Roma. The Omerovic family brought a legal action with nine other claimants to challenge this discriminatory treatment.

Last update: September 17, 2010
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Mikhaj and Others v. Russia

This case challenges discrimination against Roma children in Tula, Russia, who have been placed in segregated classes and refused the opportunity to study beyond the fifth year of primary school.

Last update: February 16, 2010
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Makhashev v. Russia

This case involves brothers who were beaten by Russian police and subjected to anti-Chechen insults. Discrimination by police against Chechens is common in Russia, but this was the first time it has been challenged in court.

Last update: November 26, 2009
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