Nachova v. Bulgaria
This case involves the killing of two unarmed Roma conscripts by the Bulgarian military. The Open Society Justice Initiative argues that the incident violated the European Convention on Human Rights.
Pham (previously B2) v. Home Secretary
The UK stripped Pham Minh Quang of his citizenship, claiming he was still a Vietnamese citizen and so not stateless. He appealed to the Supreme Court, but his appeal was rejected.
Nubian Community in Kenya v. Kenya
Africa's human rights tribunal found that members of Kenya's Nubian community face arbitrary procedures that restrict their access to vital national identity documents.
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.
Dutch Caribbean Consultative Body v. Data Protection Authority
This case challenges the Dutch government’s attempt to create a database of all youths of Antillean descent.
Adalah v. Israel
This case is about discrimination in Israel, where citizens who marry individuals from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are blocked from bringing their spouses into the country.
Iseni v. Italian Ministry of the Interior
Roberto Iseni is in danger of criminal sanctions and expulsion because he failed to apply for a passport within a 12-month window following his 18th birthday, as dictated by Italian law.
Children of Nubian Descent in Kenya v. Kenya
The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child found that children of Kenya's Nubian minority face discrimination leading to statelessness, violating African human rights standards.
Home Secretary v. Al-Jedda
The UK government stripped Al-Jedda of his citizenship, arguing he could re-apply for Iraqi citizenship and was not stateless. The UK Supreme Court found that indeed he was left stateless.
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...
Groups Call on Czech Minister to Desegregate Schools
The Czech government should take immediate action to implement the European Court of Human Rights judgment in the case of D.H. and Others, urged a letter sent to the newly appointed Minister of Education by the Open Society Justice Initiative and...
Open Society Justice Initiative Makes Statement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
The Open Society Justice Initiative, together with partners in a number of African countries, is undertaking a survey of the state of the law.
Rights Groups Denounce Greek Prosecutor's Racist Statement
A statement made by Greece's top prosecutor suggesting that certain ethnic groups are involved in crime is racist and must be retracted, reports the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Open Society Justice Initiative Seeks Relief for Slovenia's “Erased” Citizens
In a brief submitted to the European Court of Human Rights, the Open Society Justice Initiative argued that the Slovene government's erasure of thousands of its citizens violated the European Convention of Human Rights.
Africa Citizenship and Discrimination Preparatory Meeting Issues Report
Activists from 11 African countries, with the support of the Open Society Justice Initiative, will launch a two-year review of citizenship laws and practice on the continent.
The Rights of Noncitizens: A Discussion Among Global Advocates
Advocates and nongovernmental organizations from around the world gathered to discuss the pressing vulnerabilities suffered by noncitizens at a conference hosted by the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Racial Discrimination and the Rights of Noncitizens
The Open Society Justice Initiative submitted this comprehensive report on the global link between racial discrimination and the rights of noncitizens to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
International Law and the Right to Nationality in Sudan
Among the many critical choices that Sudan is facing in the context of the referendums on the status of South Sudan and Abyei are the criteria that will be established to determine citizenship of the new entities, argues Bronwen Manby of the Open...
Without Citizenship: Statelessness, Discrimination, and Repression in Kuwait
This report looks at the bidoon in Kuwait, a large population of stateless persons in the small emirate, with particular focus on discrimination in access to, and withdrawal of, nationality.
Nationality and Discrimination: The Case of Kenyan Nubians
This Open Society Justice Initiative fact sheet provides an overview of statelessness and discrimination in access to nationality among Nubians in Kenya.