Topic: Citizenship

Press release

Inter-American Commission Orders Protective Measures for Victim of Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has granted the Open Society Justice Initiative's request for precautionary measures in the case of Emildo Bueno, a Dominican citizen of Haitian descent whose public fight against arbitrary deprivation...

September 10, 2009
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
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 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
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
Advocacy update

Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Statement of Concern on Assam Registration Crisis

Over 100 international and national civil society groups have signed a joint-letter calling for an international response to a India's troubled review of its National Register of Citizens in Assam.

September 05, 2019
Press release

Europe's Highest Court Rules Roma School Segregation by Language Illegal

The European Court of Human Rights held in the case Oršuš and Others v. Croatia that the segregation of Romani children into separate classes based on language is unlawful discrimination.

March 16, 2010
Press release

Lack of Citizenship Rights a Major Cause of Conflict in Africa

The lack of citizenship rights generates conflict and undermines democracy in many countries in Africa, according to two new studies by the Open Society Institute.

October 21, 2009
Press release

Groundbreaking Decision on Statelessness in Europe

The European Court of Human Rights acknowledged the need to avoid making people stateless in its decision on Kuric and Others v. Slovenia.

July 16, 2010
Press release

Thousands Stripped of Citizenship in the Dominican Republic

A case challenging the Dominican Republic's treatment of its citizens of Haitian ancestry was filed before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Center for Justice and International Law.

June 01, 2010
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

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
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

A New Report Warns of Looming Threat to U.S. Citizenship, Calls for Moratorium on Denaturalizations

A new Open Society Justice Initiative report warns of a looming threat to U.S. citizenship due to the Trump administration’s effective renunciation of longstanding norms and constitutional protections.

September 17, 2019
Advocacy update

Open Society Justice Initiative Comments on Expansion of Immigrant DNA Collection in U.S.

Open Society Justice Initiative and Instituto para Mujeres en la Migración have submitted a public comment over the Trump administration’s efforts to expand the forcible DNA collection of non-citizens in the United States.

November 20, 2019
Briefing Paper

Kenya's National Integrated Identity Management Scheme (NIIMS)

Kenya's introduction of a national digital identity scheme has triggered protests from local human rights and community groups concerned with both privacy, and the scheme's impact on minority communities.

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