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European Rights Court Seeks Responses from Spain on Police Ethnic Profiling

A young foreign resident of Spain filed a complaint before the court over a racially-biased police identity check.

January 12, 2018
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After Long Struggle, Kenya’s Nubian Minority Secures Land Rights

The Kenyan government has granted security of land tenure to the country's Nubian minority in Nairobi's Kibera neighborhood—following a campaign that included both human rights litigation and community activism.

June 05, 2017
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Discriminatory Police Stops Brought before European Court of Human Rights

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed two separate applications this month before the European Court of Human Rights that challenge racially-discriminatory police stops in France and Spain.

May 23, 2017
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European Union Must Address Widespread Ethnic Profiling by Police

Heightened concerns over both migration and the threat of terrorism are fueling discriminatory policing practices in Europe.

December 06, 2016
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Dutch Nationality Laws Leave Six-Year Old in Legal Limbo

More than 13,000 children in the Netherlands are classed as being of "unknown" nationality. One of them is taking his case to the UN Human Rights Committee.

November 29, 2016
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French Court Victory Calls Police to Account over Racially-Biased Stops

France’s top civil court ruled today that police stops which disproportionately target young people of African and Arab origin are illegal, in a judgment that clears the way for fundamental changes in French police practices.

November 09, 2016
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European Court Judgment Falls Short on Protecting Roma Rights

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to compensate six Roma families for their eviction in 2006, but failed to acknowledge that the action was racially motivated.

October 18, 2016
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EU Court Finds Bulgarian Electricity Company Discriminated against Roma

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that a Bulgarian electricity company treated predominantly Roma districts in an “offensive and stigmatizing” way, breaching European antidiscrimination laws.

July 16, 2015
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