The Open Society Justice Initiative pursues strategic litigation and engages in policy advocacy in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Read our News Releases and Advocacy Updates on our work.
Council of Europe Parliamentarians Endorse Tshwane Principals
The Open Society Justice Initiative welcomes the endorsement by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) of the Global Principals on National Security and the Right to Information.
Dominican Republic Court Ruling Raises Mass Statelessness Threat
The Dominican Republic must ensure that none of its citizens is rendered stateless, after a court ruling that strips nationality from hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent.
French Court to Hear Unprecedented Challenge to Police Ethnic Profiling
Thirteen young French men of North or Sub-Saharan African origin say that they have been subject to identity checks based on what they look like, rather than something they did.
Italian Court Condemns Government's Roma Census as Discriminatory
An Italian court has found that govenment emergency actions targeting "nomads" constituted illegal discrimination against citizens of Roma origin.
UN Rapporteur Highlights “Pervasive Problem” of Ethnic Profiling by Police in Spain
A report to the UN Human Rights Council urges Spain to ensure that its laws specifically prohibit racial profiling.
France: Government Promises UN to End Ethnic Profiling
France should act on its promise to prohibit and prevent ethnic profiling and provide effective remedies to victims, the Open Society Justice Initiative and Human Rights Watch said today.
Spain’s Civil Rights Monitor Proposes Measures to Combat Police Ethnic Profiling
The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed a new initiative in Spain that aims to eliminate the ethnic and racial profiling of minorities in supposedly random identity checks.
Report to U.N. Details Pervasive Ethnic Profiling in Spain
Spanish police are guilty of focusing identity checks and stops on people who “do not look Spanish,” according to a statement by an international human rights law group to the U.N’s top expert on racism and discrimination.