Topic: Discrimination and Equality

Report

Implementing Human Rights Decisions: Reflections, Successes, and New Directions

This publication takes stock of the growth and change in the field of human rights implementation, and how to ensure legal decisions can be realized.

July 2021
First page of PDF with filename: implementing-human-rights-decisions-20210721.pdf
Litigation

Class Action Lawsuit against French Government for Ethnic Profiling by Police

The Justice Initiative, along with partner NGOs, filed the first class action lawsuit in France to end ethnic profiling by police, who disproportionately target people based on their skin color or presumed ethnic origin.

Last update: July 22, 2021
Press release

A Class Action Lawsuit in France Challenges Racist Police Tactics

Civil Society organizations including the Open Society Justice Initiative are seeking systemic changes from France’s Council of State.

July 22, 2021
Voices

Why We Are Going to Court to Fight Racist French Police Tactics

Two French activists are demanding systematic action to address deep-rooted patterns of ethnic profiling in police stops.

July 21, 2021
A police officer searches a man in a pedestrian plaza
Litigation

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: July 19, 2021
Press release

ECJ Reaffirms Restrictions Excluding Muslim Women in the Workplace

The top European Union court has made it clear that employers can restrict the wearing of "religious symbols," such as Islamic headscarves, but only in limited circumstances, which will stigmatize Muslim women.

July 15, 2021
Voices

Ending Ethnic Profiling to Keep Our Communities Safe

A new guide shows how to build creative campaigns and community power to finally put an end to ethnic profiling by police in Europe.

April 28, 2021 | Maryam H'madoun
A protest in France against racism in policing.
Press release

Justice Initiative Joins Groups in Giving Notice of Class Action Lawsuit against French Government for Ethnic Profiling by Police

The Justice Initiative has joined civil and human rights groups in sending a letter of notice of a class action lawsuit against the French government for police identity checks that perpetuate ongoing and systemic ethnic profiling.

January 27, 2021
Litigation

Wa Baile v. Switzerland

Mohamed Wa Baile claims to have been subjected to ethnic profiling in 2015, when he was stopped by police officers in a train station in Zurich and told to identify himself. In 2018, Wa Baile lodged an application for the matter to be heard by European Court of Human Rights.

Last update: January 21, 2021
Advocacy update

Equality Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Adopts New Resolution on Police Profiling

The Open Society Justice Initiative applauds the adoption of a draft resolution by the Equality Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calling on all European States to pass laws to ban ethnic profiling.

December 02, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Expresses Concern over Trump Administration Proposal to Expand Biometric Surveillance on Immigrants, U.S. Citizens

The Justice Initiative is expressing concern over a Trump administration proposal to expand the use of invasive data collection in the U.S., which could lead continuous surveillance of immigrants and their families.

October 13, 2020
Voices

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is Deploying a Massive New Database to Gather Biometric Information

A new U.S. Department of Homeland Security biometric database is projected to contain information on hundreds of millions of people by 2022 and represents an alarming development to scale up the agency's surveillance and information-sharing ability.

September 08, 2020 | Lesley Nash
A man stands in front of another man holding a recording device
Voices

Case Watch: German Court Sides with Muslim Women Teachers Over Discriminatory Headscarf Ban

A recent judgement by Germany's top labor court is expected to end a decades old court battle over headscarf bans for teachers.

September 03, 2020 | Maryam H'madoun
A woman reading a German newspaper
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
Voices

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
A woman in a pink headscarf walks past red brick buildings under a blue sky
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Calls for Immediate Action on Discriminatory COVID-19 Checks in France

The Open Society Justice Initiative has joined more than two dozen organizations in asking French authorities to adopt concrete measures to put an end to racist, discriminatory practices by French law enforcement officers during COVID-19.

May 13, 2020
Advocacy update

Amid COVID-19 Lockdown, Justice Initiative Calls for End to Excessive Police Checks in France

The Open Society Justice Initiative has called on the French government to ensure that police checks carried out during COVID-19 do not use excessive, violent, or discriminatory force.

March 27, 2020
Report

The Recording of Police Stops and Toolkit for the Analysis of Police Identifications

These toolkits seek to provide an overview of best practices regarding the recording of police stops, routine interactions between officers and the public, and the analysis of this data to improve policing.

March 2020
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Litigation

Nubian Rights Forum et al. v. the Honourable Attorney General of Kenya et al. (“NIIMS case”)

The Nubian Rights Forum and the Kenya Human Rights Commission have appealed a Kenyan High Court decision on the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) (or "Huduma Namba"), a national identity card system that would exclude millions of Kenyan residents and give the government all-encompassing surveillance powers.

Last update: February 12, 2020
Advocacy update

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.

January 31, 2020
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