Topic: Discrimination and Equality
UN Calls on Czech Authorities to Desegregate Schools
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on the Czech Republic to end practices which segregate both Roma children and children with disabilities from mainstream education in its schools.
Ethnic Profiling Challenge in France Moves Forward
A groundbreaking constitutional challenge to the widespread use of ethnic profiling by French police took a major step forward this week, as judges from across the country agreed to refer cases heard before local courts to the highest court in...
Czech Republic Flunks Again on Roma Schooling
The Czech government came under pressure from one of Europe's top political bodies last week for its failure to make sure all Roma children get a decent education—and was urged to lift its game starting with the next school year in September.
Europe Must Increase Pressure for Czech Roma Desegregation
The new Czech school year starts in September, and unless something drastic changes, many more Roma children could face segregation into "special schools" on the basis of their ethnicity.
Ethnic Profiling: A Background Paper for the Working Party on Terrorism
As the European Union weighs its counterterrorism policy, the Open Society Foundations have published a background paper on ethnic profiling for the EU Working Party on Terrorism.
Advocates Launch Constitutional Challenge to Ethnic Profiling by French Police
An unprecedented constitutional challenge to the widespread use of ethnic profiling by French police has been launched this week by more than 50 French lawyers, with the support of the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Ethnic Profiling Is Bad Policing: Q & A with Rachel Neild
For several years, the Open Society Justice Initiative has been documenting profiling by police in Europe. Rachel Neild and colleagues are now taking the fight to the courts.
Legal Progress on Gay Rights, but Homophobia Remains
The International Day Against Homophobia is being celebrated—and no doubt hated—around the world on May 17.
France: Ethnic Profiling Challenge
In France, a coalition of advocates is mounting a constitutional challenge to the practice of ethnic profiling. These two short publications summarize the Open Society Justice Initiative's work on the case and the basis of the challenge.
Without Citizenship: Statelessness, Discrimination, and Repression in Kuwait
This report looks at the bidoon in Kuwait, a large population of stateless persons in the small emirate, with particular focus on discrimination in access to, and withdrawal of, nationality.
The Problem of Ethnic Profiling in Europe
This fact sheet explains the problem of ethnic profiling in Europe, and shows that the practice is wasteful as well as ineffective in fighting and preventing crime.
Case Watch: Take Two on Greek Roma School
Roma schoolchildren in Greece and their families are returning to the European Court of Human Rights, demanding an end to segregation in Greek schools.
Time to Turn Legal Victories into Better Lives for Roma
Despite considerable legal gains, discrimination against Roma remains widespread in Europe, and while violence has subsided in some countries, it has increased in others.
Nationality and Discrimination: The Case of Kenyan Nubians
This Open Society Justice Initiative fact sheet provides an overview of statelessness and discrimination in access to nationality among Nubians in Kenya.
The Compromised Right to Nationality in the Dominican Republic
This fact sheet outlines the discrimination faced by Dominicans of Haitian descent as they try to assert their right to nationality, and the work the Open Society Justice Initiative is doing to combat it.
From Judgment to Justice: Implementing the Views of the United Nations Human Rights Committee
James A Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, argues before the UN Human Rights Committee that the UN needs to devote more resources toward actual implementation of international tribunal rulings.
Something Rotten in Denmark
It's rare that statelessness finds its way into the headlines. But with one minister resigning and another now under attack, a fight over citizenship policy is roiling the political scene in Denmark.
Case Watch: Roma Sterilization Case Reaches European Court
V. C. was just twenty years old when she was sterilized after giving birth in a Slovakian hospital. She claims her Roma ethnicity played a vital role in her sterilization. Next week, the European Court of Human Rights will hear the case.
Pressure Grows on Spain Over Racial Profiling
The UN has put the Spanish government on notice: Police who engage in ethnic profiling are violating the human right to nondiscrimination.
Denied a Shot at a Good Education
Europe's top human-rights watchdog issued an urgent rebuke to the Czech Republic last week: Stop the continued racial segregation of Roma children in schools, which damns them to "a future as second-class citizens."