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Court Moves to Protect Venezuelan Children born in Colombia from Statelessness

A court in Colombia has ruled that the government must consider statelessness risks when determining the nationality of children born in Colombia to Venezuelans fleeing their country's political and economic chaos.

January 31, 2020
Advocacy update

Kenyan Court Puts Hold on Digital Identity Scheme

A Kenyan court has ordered the government to stop implementation of its the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) until a constitutionally sound framework is in place.

January 31, 2020
Advocacy update

Open Society Justice Initiative Comments on Expansion of Immigrant DNA Collection in U.S.

Open Society Justice Initiative and Instituto para Mujeres en la Migración have submitted a public comment over the Trump administration’s efforts to expand the forcible DNA collection of non-citizens in the United States.

November 20, 2019
Press release

A New Report Warns of Looming Threat to U.S. Citizenship, Calls for Moratorium on Denaturalizations

A new Open Society Justice Initiative report warns of a looming threat to U.S. citizenship due to the Trump administration’s effective renunciation of longstanding norms and constitutional protections.

September 17, 2019
Advocacy update

Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Statement of Concern on Assam Registration Crisis

Over 100 international and national civil society groups have signed a joint-letter calling for an international response to a India's troubled review of its National Register of Citizens in Assam.

September 05, 2019
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative and Namati Launch Guide to Document Citizenship for Stateless People

A new guidebook, created through a partnership between the Open Society Foundations, Namati, and the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, seeks to help the 1.1 billion people who lack access to crucial identification documents.

June 26, 2018
Press release

Ethnic Profiling Challenge in France Moves Forward

A groundbreaking constitutional challenge to the widespread use of ethnic profiling by French police took a major step forward this week, as judges from across the country agreed to refer cases heard before local courts to the highest court in...

June 16, 2011
Press release

Hearing on Roma Discrimination in Italy Marks Progress, but Crisis Unresolved

A hearing on the case of Omerovic and Others v. Italy, filed in cooperation with the Open Society Justice Initiative, marks the first time testimony has been presented in court to challenge Italy’s Nomad Emergency Decree for unfairly targeting...

September 17, 2010
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