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Denmark’s Plan to Rebrand its Racist “Ghetto Package” Will Cause More Housing Evictions
The new proposal simply replaces the term “ghetto” with “parallel societies,” but also increases the number of areas covered by the legislation and includes a requirement to reduce those of “non-Western background” to a maximum of 30 percent within ten years.
Housing Groups Call on Governments to Adopt Comprehensive Legislation to Ensure Housing during COVID-19
The Open Society Justice Initiative and the Open Society Initiative for Europe have joined The Shift and a coalition of human rights groups in unveiling comprehensive model emergency legislation to protect the right to housing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.
Justice Initiative Supports Renewed Calls by Amazon Workers for COVID-19 Safety Measures
Open Society Justice Initiative stands with workers who argue that Amazon has resumed prioritizing productivity rates of warehouse workers over basic health and safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Migrant Farmworkers in Greece Remain Unprotected After Disappointing Council of Europe Decision
The Open Society Justice Initiative is expressing concern over a decision to suspend Greece's obligation to make labor policy changes that would protect migrant farmworkers.
Amazon Workers' COVID-19 Lawsuit in New York Helps Protect Workers Across the U.S.
A worker lawsuit has led Amazon to change its national corporate policy, allowing workers in warehouses to take the necessary health and safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justice Initiative Applauds Worker Suit against Amazon for COVID-19 Labor Conditions
Workers and family members of workers at Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York have filed a lawsuit to force changes to the company’s on-the-job and leave policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents Sue Denmark Over Discriminatory “Ghetto Package” Eviction Plan
Twelve Copenhagen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Danish government seeking a declaration that measures under the country’s so-called Ghetto Package are unlawful under EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Justice Initiative Contributes to UN Expert Report on Private Debt and Human Rights
The Justice Initiative has contributed comments regarding EU law and mortgage default cases in Ireland and Romania to an upcoming UN Independent Expert report.