Topic: Citizenship

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
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

Major Conclusions from the D.H. and Others v. Czech Republic Judgment

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the segregation of Roma students into special schools is a form of unlawful discrimination.

November 14, 2007
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

Open Society Justice Initiative Hails Mauritania's New Antislavery Law

The passage of an antislavery bill in Mauritania is an encouraging sign, but the Open Society Justice Initiative notes that it contains weaknesses that could undermine enforcement efforts.

August 21, 2007
Press release

Europe's Highest Court Hears Oral Arguments in Landmark Segregation Case

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights heard arguments on a case launched by 18 Roma children forced to attend racially segregated schools in the Czech Republic, in one of the most important cases ever to come before the court,...

January 17, 2007
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Condemns Roma Evictions

The forced eviction and destruction of homes belonging to more than 200 Roma was condemned by the Open Society Justice Initiative, who are pursuing an application with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of several of the families.

July 06, 2006
Press release

Groundbreaking Study Finds Massive Ethnic Profiling

Riders on the Moscow Metro who appear non-Slavic are over twenty times more likely to be stopped by police than those who look Slavic, according to Ethnic Profiling in the Moscow Metro, a new report produced by the Open Society Justice Initiative...

June 09, 2006
Press release

European Court Fails to Find Czech Roma Children Victims of Racial Discrimination in Education

The European Court of Human Rights ruled against 18 Roma children who had been forced to attend segregated schools in the Czech Republic, in a decision condemned by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

February 09, 2006
Press release

Expelled Mauritanians Appeal for their Right to Return

The Dodel Appeal marks an important new stage in the struggle to restore citizenship and obtain compensation for the thousands of Mauritanian refugees, reports the Open Society Justice Initiative.

November 04, 2005
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
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

Inter-American Court Should Affirm Right to Nationality Without Discrimination

The Open Society Justice Initiative submitted an amicus curiae brief with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to uphold the international prohibition on racial discrimination in access to nationality.

April 18, 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
Press release

Historic Deliberations in Roma Rights Cases at Europe's Premier Human Rights Tribunal

This week, the European Court of Human Rights will hear arguments in two of the most important cases in its history concerning racial violence and discrimination against Roma, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.

February 22, 2005
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Convenes Experts Meeting On Ethnic Profiling By Police in Europe

A workshop convened by the Open Society Justice Initiative will examine police discrimination against minorities in five European countries and Russia.

January 27, 2005
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
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