Topic: Discrimination and Equality

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

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
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: 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
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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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
Voices

Kenya’s Controversial Digital ID Scheme Faces Pushback

Kenya ushered in a national biometric ID system with little public input. Now, advocates are challenging the government in the courts to ensure inclusive policies and data privacy.

December 19, 2019 | Michele Eken
A woman being photographed
Fact Sheet

Regulating Police Stop and Search: An Evaluation of the Northamptonshire Police: Reasonable Grounds Panel—Fact Sheet

This fact sheet outlines how unique initiative between police and community members in Northamptonshire, UK has resulted in a more lawful and effective use of stop and search.

November 2019
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Report

Regulating Police Stop and Search: An Evaluation of the Northamptonshire Police Reasonable Grounds Panel

This report outlines how a unique initiative between police and community members in Northamptonshire, UK has resulted in a more lawful and effective use of stop and search.

November 2019
First page of PDF with filename: regulating-police-stop-and-search-20191106.pdf
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
Report

Unmaking Americans: Insecure Citizenship in the United States

This report argues that three techniques are currently being used by the U.S. government to attack the identity and sense of belonging of U.S. citizens.

September 2019
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Fact Sheet

Unmaking Americans: Insecure Citizenship in the United States—Fact Sheet

This fact sheet outlines how existing gaps in citizenship protections increase the vulnerability of citizens because of their race, national origin, religion, political opinion or a combination of factors.

September 2019
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Voices

Under Suspicion: The Impact of Discriminatory Policing in Spain

This video, produced by Rights International Spain and the Open Society Foundations, explores the lived realities of racialized individuals in Spain.

September 01, 2019
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Voices

For a New Path Forward, Denmark Must Commit to Equality

Life in Denmark has become increasingly difficult for the thousands of Muslim citizens and immigrants in the country. Many new policies ostracize Muslims—and they are illegal.

June 13, 2019 | James A. Goldston
Women looking at a phone
Voices

Case Watch: European Court Finds Ethnic Profiling by the Police Discriminatory

For the first time, the European Court of Human Rights has used the consequential phrase “ethnic profiling” in a ruling concerning a police action it considered discriminatory.

April 23, 2019 | Zsolt Bobis
A woman and three children walking on an unpaved road
Voices

When It Comes to Race, European Justice Is Not Blind

A new survey of 12 EU member countries shows that how people are treated by the police and the courts often depends on their race or ethnic background.

December 04, 2018 | Zaza Namoradze & Irmina Pacho
Voices

Ending Racial Bias in Police Stop and Search

Despite recent reforms, police in the UK continue to unfairly target people of color when using stop and search. A new report should be a wake-up call to those who still defend this failed, counterproductive policy.

October 23, 2018 | Rebekah Delsol
Police talking to a person wearing a helmet
Voices

Case Watch: A Victory in Europe for Muslim Women’s Right to Wear a Headscarf

For the first time, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of a Muslim woman’s right to wear a headscarf.

September 21, 2018 | Simon Cox
Women walking past a shop
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