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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wa Baile v. Switzerland

Mohamed Wa Baile claimed to have been subjected to ethnic profiling in 2015, when he was stopped by police officers in a train station in Zurich and told to identify himself. In 2018, Wa Baile complained to the European Court of Human Rights,which found in his favor in February, 2024.

Last update: February 20, 2024
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Zeshan Muhammad v. Spain

Ethnic profiling by law enforcement officers continues to be a persistent and pervasive practice throughout Spain, particularly in the context of immigration control.

Last update: July 31, 2014

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