Topic: Discrimination and Equality

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
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: November 30, 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
First page of PDF with filename: toolkit-for-the-analysis-of-police-identifications-20200302.pdf
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
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
First page of PDF with filename: unmaking-americans-insecure-citizenship-in-the-united-states-fact-sheet-20190916.pdf
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