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?

June 21, 2012 | James A. Goldston

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.

June 20, 2012 | Jonathan Birchall & Julia Harrington Reddy

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.

June 14, 2012 | Indira Goris

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.

June 11, 2012 | Rebekah Delsol

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.

June 5, 2012

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...

June 05, 2012 | Will Cohen
Julias Mikas holding son

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.

June 2012
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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.

May 31, 2012 | Lanna Hollo

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.

May 16, 2012 | Nermina Zecirovic-Arnaud
Press release

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.

May 11, 2012

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.

April 11, 2012 | Lanna Hollo & Rachel Neild
Press release

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.

April 05, 2012

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.

April 04, 2012 | Costanza Hermanin & Katrine Thomasen

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.

April 02, 2012 | Zsolt Bobis
Briefing Paper

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...

March 2012
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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
Briefing Paper

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,...

March 2012
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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.

March 11, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn

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.

March 05, 2012 | Tracey Gurd

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.

Last update: March 05, 2012
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