Litigation

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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Ouardiri v. Switzerland

This case is about a Swiss ban on the construction of minarets that clearly discriminates against Muslims.

Last update: October 22, 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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Sejdic and Finci v. Bosnia and Herzegovina

This case is about the right of minorities to run for political office in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Last update: December 22, 2009
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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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Williams v. Spain

With Women’s Link Worldwide and SOS-Racismo Madrid, the Open Society Justice Initiative filed a complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on behalf of Rosalind Williams regarding a case of racial profiling by a Spanish police officer.

Last update: August 12, 2009
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Timishev v. Russia

The Open Society Justice Initiative represented a man of Chechen origin in a challenge to racial profiling by Russian police in the Caucasus, where non-Slavs are disproportionately stopped and detained.

Last update: October 22, 2008
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Kosa v. Hungary

A Hungarian domestic court rejected a complaint over discriminatory treatment of Roma students that was brought by a local NGO. One of the students, Amanda Kośa, is now seeking to bring the case to the Strasbourg Court.

Last update: February 01, 2017
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Magnitsky v. Russia

Sergei Magnitsky died in pretrial detention in Russia after being denied essential medical care, in retaliation for exposing a $230m fraud involving senior Interior Ministry officials.

Last update: October 17, 2012
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