Topic: Discrimination and Equality


Y, T & A v. Berlin Education Authority

The Justice Initiative supported the development of a case brought by three pupils of migrant background challenging the discriminatory treatment growing out of educational reforms adopted by Berlin.

Last update: January 26, 2015

Zeshan Muhammad v. Spain

Ethnic profiling by law enforcement officers continues to be a persistent and pervasive practice throughout Spain, particularly in the context of immigration control.

Last update: July 31, 2014

EC v. Italy

Roma in Italy are facing a wave of hostility, as fears of immigration from other EU countries are exacerbated by government-controlled media, and used to justify racist policies.

Last update: March 15, 2012

Mikhaj and Others v. Russia

This case challenges discrimination against Roma children in Tula, Russia, who have been placed in segregated classes and refused the opportunity to study beyond the fifth year of primary school.

Last update: February 16, 2010

Makhashev v. Russia

This case involves brothers who were beaten by Russian police and subjected to anti-Chechen insults. Discrimination by police against Chechens is common in Russia, but this was the first time it has been challenged in court.

Last update: November 26, 2009
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One-Third of EU Countries Have National or Local Bans on Muslim Women’s Dress

A new survey details dress restrictions enacted by both local and national governments, and by businesses and other institutions across the European Union.

April 24, 2018
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Africa’s Human Rights Court Strengthens Protections for the Right to Nationality

The African Court ruled in favor of a Tanzanian man who found himself forced to live in the no-man’s land between Kenya and Tanzania because of a dispute over his status.

March 28, 2018
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European Rights Court Seeks Responses from Spain on Police Ethnic Profiling

A young foreign resident of Spain filed a complaint before the court over a racially-biased police identity check.

January 12, 2018
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Dutch Nationality Laws Leave Six-Year Old in Legal Limbo

More than 13,000 children in the Netherlands are classed as being of "unknown" nationality. One of them is taking his case to the UN Human Rights Committee.

November 29, 2016
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European Court Judgment Falls Short on Protecting Roma Rights

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to compensate six Roma families for their eviction in 2006, but failed to acknowledge that the action was racially motivated.

October 18, 2016
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UN Rapporteur Highlights “Pervasive Problem” of Ethnic Profiling by Police in Spain

A report to the UN Human Rights Council urges Spain to ensure that its laws specifically prohibit racial profiling.

June 21, 2013
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Spain’s Civil Rights Monitor Proposes Measures to Combat Police Ethnic Profiling

The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed a new initiative in Spain that aims to eliminate the ethnic and racial profiling of minorities in supposedly random identity checks.

May 10, 2013
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Flawed Ruling in the Dominican Republic Threatens Human Rights Protections

A bid by the constitutional court of the Dominican Republic to repudiate the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights undermines legal protections for all.

November 08, 2014
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African Tribunal Reinforces Nationality Rights for Children

The African Union body responsible for protecting children’s rights has urged Kenya to grant citizenship to children of its stateless Nubian minority, in a ruling that marks a victory in the battle against statelessness across the continent and beyond.

October 04, 2011
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Justice Initiative Hails German Court Judgment on Religious Discrimination

The Open Society Justice Initiative welcomed the recent judgment from Germany's Hamburg Labor Court that a Christian organization which aids immigrants engaged in discrimination when it refused to hire a non-Christian.

February 11, 2008
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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
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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
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New Study on Access to Information Finds Young Democracies Outperform Established Ones

An Open Society Justice Initiative survey of access to information shows that discrimination and inconsistency are still widespread.

September 28, 2006
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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
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Czech Roma Still Face “Educational Apartheid,” Despite Court Ruling Five Years Ago

The Open Society Foundations is urging the Czech government to end the institutionalized segregation of Roma children within its schools, five years after it was ordered to do so by the European Court of Human Rights.

November 12, 2012
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