Topic: Discrimination and Equality
Czech Roma Children Need Action Now to End School Segregation
The Public Defender of Rights of the Czech Republic says Roma children face continuing segregation in inferior schools. So why is the government doing nothing?
Law Talks: Julia Harrington Reddy on Discrimination
Julia Harrington Reddy, a lawyer at the Open Society Justice Initiative, considers the challenges and effectiveness of using strategic litigation in the battle to end discrimination.
Why Police Profiling Is Not Just a New York Problem
In cities across Western Europe, young men of color are subjected to discriminatory police stops, contributing to a profound sense of alienation—not just from the police, but from society at large.
UK Stop and Search Policing Tactics Mar Human Rights Report
Members of the UN Human Rights Council have raised concerns over ethnic, racial and religious profiling in the way British police carry out “stop and search” checks.
Failing Another Generation: A Photo Essay
The Open Society Justice Initiative commissioned photographer Stephanie Sinclair to document how the Czech government is funneling a new generation of Roma children into sub-standard schools, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Failing Another Generation: Czech Roma Policies Back in the Spotlight
The Czech Republic is again under pressure over its failure to end the segregation of Roma children in its schools, in defiance of the European Convention on Human Rights. Diplomats involved in this week’s review at the Council of Europe in...
Failing Another Generation: The Travesty of Roma Education in the Czech Republic
A book of photographs and interviews with the Roma families who challenged Czech school segregation before the European Court of Human Rights.
France’s New Government Moves Quickly on Discriminatory Police Stops
France’s new prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, says his government is planning to introduce a system of “receipts” aimed at tracking police stops that have been found to focus disproportionately on Arab and African youths.
Case Watch: Protecting Sexual Orientation Under Human Rights Mechanisms
Recent decisions from the top American and European human rights courts affirmed that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected categories under international law.
Joint Statement: Italy Should Leave its anti-Roma Emergency Decree in the Past
Five international and Italian Human Rights groups are calling on the Italian government to abandon its effort to keep the 2008 "Nomad Emergency" decree alive.
Challenging Police Profiling in France
Fifteen people have filed civil law suits against the French state for racial profiling—the first major legal action in France to address the longstanding police use of identity checks that target visible minorities.
French Police Ethnic Profiling Faces First Court Challenge
Thirteen young men have today launched a historic legal challenge to the systematic use by French police of discriminatory identity checks that disproportionately focus on people of African or Arab ethnicity.
UN Committee Rebukes Italy over Minority Discrimination
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has become the latest international human rights body to criticize Italy over its treatment of both ethnic minorities and migrants.
Case Watch: Fighting Negative Stereotyping as a Positive State Obligation
A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights supports freedom of expression over the right to private life, but argues that states must nevertheless do their utmost to combat negative racial-stereotyping.
Submission to the Committee of Ministers: D.H. and Others v. Czech Republic
The implementation of the European Court of Human Rights' judgment in the Roma education case, DH and others v. Czech Republic, continues to falter. This submission by the Open Society Justice Initiative to the Committee of Ministers of the...
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.
Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee: Review of the Dominican Republic
This submission tendered by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Center for Justice and International Law concludes that measures taken by the Dominican Republic since its last periodic review in 2001 have actually operated to increase,...
Slow Progress for Gay Rights at the United Nations, Part 2
I previously expressed dismay and pessimism about the "progress" on LGBT rights at the United Nations. Unfortunately my fears were well-founded and the Human Rights Council debate on March 7 on the topic was a circus.
Litany of Failure: Pressure Mounts for Education Reform in Czech Republic
Two fresh studies have again criticized the Czech Republic's failure to stop channeling Romani children into dead-end "practical" schools—which leaves them under-educated and unqualified for a job—at a rate which dwarfs their non-Romani classmates.
German Headscarves Ban
In 2006, several regional governments in Germany adopted laws supposedly to maintain neutrality and peace in the school, but which amount to discrimination against Muslim teachers on grounds of religion.