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.
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.
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...
Continued Segregation in Czech Schools Devastates Lives of Roma Children
The Czech Republic can set a much-needed example for the rest of Europe by following through on its commitment to integrate its educational system, said the Open Society Justice Initiative today.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Court Moves to Protect Venezuelan Children born in Colombia from Statelessness
A court in Colombia has ruled that the government must consider statelessness risks when determining the nationality of children born in Colombia to Venezuelans fleeing their country's political and economic chaos.
Kenyan Court Puts Hold on Digital Identity Scheme
A Kenyan court has ordered the government to stop implementation of its the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) until a constitutionally sound framework is in place.
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.
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.