Topic: Economic Justice

Advocacy update

Migrant Farmworkers in Greece Remain Unprotected After Disappointing Council of Europe Decision

The Open Society Justice Initiative is expressing concern over a decision to suspend Greece's obligation to make labor policy changes that would protect migrant farmworkers.

September 17, 2020

Toxic Forest Fires and COVID-19 Could Be a Deadly Combination in Southeast Asia

Yearly toxic smog from tropical forest and peatland fires in Indonesia, which spill into Malaysia and Singapore, could exacerbate the COVID-19 pandemic. The government and agri-businesses must change course now to avert this manufactured disaster.

July 28, 2020 | Etelle Higonnet & Erika Dailey
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Advocacy update

Amazon Workers' COVID-19 Lawsuit in New York Helps Protect Workers Across the U.S.

A worker lawsuit has led Amazon to change its national corporate policy, allowing workers in warehouses to take the necessary health and safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 16, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Applauds Worker Suit against Amazon for COVID-19 Labor Conditions

Workers and family members of workers at Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York have filed a lawsuit to force changes to the company’s on-the-job and leave policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 03, 2020

Q&A: My Fight to Save My Home Under Denmark’s Harsh “Ghetto Plan”

In Denmark, Open Society Justice Initiative partnered with local residents to stop mass evictions and save their homes under the country’s controversial and discriminatory “Ghetto Package.”

May 27, 2020
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Tenants of Mjølnerparken v. Danish Ministry of Transport and Housing

Twelve Copenhagen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Danish government seeking a declaration that measures under the country’s so-called Ghetto Package are unlawful under EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Last update: May 27, 2020
Press release

Residents Sue Denmark Over Discriminatory “Ghetto Package” Eviction Plan

Twelve Copenhagen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Danish government seeking a declaration that measures under the country’s so-called Ghetto Package are unlawful under EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

May 27, 2020

COVID-19 Poses a Threat to Justice. We Must Respond.

Read about the Open Society Justice Initiative's global work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

April 27, 2020 | James A. Goldston
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Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Contributes to UN Expert Report on Private Debt and Human Rights

The Justice Initiative has contributed comments regarding EU law and mortgage default cases in Ireland and Romania to an upcoming UN Independent Expert report.

November 20, 2019

Using Human Rights to Challenge a Home Repossession Order in Romania

A Romanian court is being asked whether the safeguards of the European Union's rights charter apply when people face the loss of their home, after falling into arrears on mortgage payments.

July 26, 2019 | Marguerite Angelari & Zsolt Bobis
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To Strengthen the Rule of Law, Protect the Independence of Prosecutors

The case of Laura Codruţa Kövesi at the European Court of Human Rights underlines the importance of prosecutorial independence in protecting the rule of law.

July 10, 2019 | Maïté De Rue
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Advocacy update

High Court in Ireland Confirms Protections of EU Law in Home Repossession

A ruling from Ireland highest civil court underlines the need for Irish courts to take into account the impact of home repossession on private and family life.

May 15, 2019

To Tackle Inequality, We Need New Thinking on Tax Havens

Three global trends require us to look more closely at how tax havens are distorting the the world’s economy and fueling growing economic inequalities.

July 03, 2018 | Ben Batros
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Losing their Land, Indigenous Peoples Turn to the Courts

Paraguay's Yakye Axa people lost control over their traditional forest lands to cattle ranchers and soy farms. A new report looks at their efforts to use litigation to claim compensation.

May 19, 2017 | David Berry
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Chowdury and others v. Greece

The European Court of Human Right found that a group of Bangladeshi strawberry pickers had been subjected to forced labor in Greece.

Last update: March 27, 2017
Briefing Paper

Case Digests: The European Debt Crisis and Human Rights

Read summaries of important decisions related to the European Debt Crisis, including statements from UN and Council of Europe officials, and decisions of national and regional courts.

August 2013
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Case Watch: Europe’s Economic Crisis Goes to Court

As Europe's economic downturns continues, the courts are being called upon to adjudicate social justice issues.

April 30, 2013 | Haben Fecadu

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