Topic: Citizenship

Litigation

Yean and Bosico v. Dominican Republic

This is a case brought by two Dominican girls of Haitian descent who were denied Dominican nationality in spite of the fact that both were born in the country, which should legally entitle them to citizenship.

Last update: July 01, 2009
Litigation

Fadia v. Diakonisches Werk Hamburg

This case is about a woman in Germany whose job application was rejected because she refused to convert to Christianity. She challenged the rejection as religious discrimination.

Last update: June 01, 2009
Litigation

People v. Côte d'Ivoire

This case is about citizenship discrimination against minorities in Côte d'Ivoire.

Last update: May 14, 2009
Litigation

IHRDA v. Mauritania

This case is about statelessness and discrimination against non-Arab citizens in Mauritania.

Last update: April 01, 2009
Litigation

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.

Last update: March 11, 2009
Litigation

Good v. Botswana

This case is about a professor who was expelled from Botswana after writing an article critical of presidential succession, and subsequently claimed violations under the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Last update: May 01, 2008
Publication

Citizenship and Equality in Practice: Comments on the Right to Nationality Submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Open Society Justice Initiative today urged the international community to develop a comprehensive strategy to resolve statelessness.

November 1, 2005
First page of PDF with filename: citizenship_20051101.pdf
Litigation

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.

Last update: July 06, 2005
Report

Africa Discrimination and Citizenship Audit Report

Report of The Africa Discrimination and Citizenship Audit: Emerging Issues and the Way Forward held in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

April 1, 2005
First page of PDF with filename: southafrica_20050401.pdf
Briefing Paper

Racial Discrimination in the Administration of Justice

A brief submitted by OSI's Open Society Justice Initiative to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination prior to the opening of its 65th session.

August 2, 2004
First page of PDF with filename: racial_justice.pdf
Report

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.

July 27, 2004
First page of PDF with filename: audit_20040727.pdf
Report

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.

May 1, 2004
First page of PDF with filename: noncitizens_20040201_0.pdf
Report

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.

February 1, 2004
First page of PDF with filename: noncitizens_20040201.pdf
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
Press release

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...

July 30, 2010
Press release

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.

May 02, 2005
Press release

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.

February 05, 2008
Press release

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.

October 16, 2007
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

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
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