Topic: Discrimination and Equality


Case Watch: European Ruling Affirms the Rights of Migrants at Sea

By requiring states to guarantee human rights beyond their state´s territorial boundaries, Europe´s human rights court has upheld the primacy of fundamental rights and the rule of law.

February 26, 2012 | Simon Cox
Briefing Paper

Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Italy

The Open Society Justice Initiative and the Associazione Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione ("ASGI") tendered this submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in preparation for its periodic review of Italy on March 5, 2012.

February 2012
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Fact Sheet

Timeline: Italian Migrant Policy

Some 40,000 migrants arrived in Italy last year as political turmoil swept North Africa. This timeline summarizes principle Italian policy initiatives on migration from 2008 to February, 2012

February 2012
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Italy’s Migrant Interception Faces European Court Scrutiny

The European Court of Human Rights will rule on Thursday on the case of Somali and Eritrean migrants who were sent back to Libya in 2009 after being intercepted in the Mediterranean by Italian Customs and Coastguard vessels.

February 20, 2012 | Costanza Hermanin

Slow Progress for Gay Rights at the United Nations

LGBTI people continue to be murdered, raped, and harassed—sometimes by the government that is supposed to protect them—while the UN is unable to unanimously decide whether these crimes actually violate human rights at all.

February 20, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn

Northern Europe’s Complicity in Greece’s Migrant Crisis

The member states of the European Union needs to respond to the inhumane conditions facing migrants in Greece by taking responsibility for people, rather than just shifting money around.

January 29, 2012 | Simon Cox

Case Watch: Greek Migrant Male Rape Counts as Torture

The European Court of Human Rights has concluded that the Greek courts failed to acknowlege the gravity of a brutal 2001 sexual assault on an undocumented migrant.

January 22, 2012 | Simon Cox

Israel’s Supreme Court Condones Discriminatory Citizenship Law

In a setback for equal rights, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a series of petitions challenging a law that, among other things, makes it impossible for Palestinians to acquire Israeli citizenship through marriage.

January 11, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn

Adalah v. Israel

This case is about discrimination in Israel, where citizens who marry individuals from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are blocked from bringing their spouses into the country.

Last update: January 11, 2012

Iseni v. Italian Ministry of the Interior

Roberto Iseni is in danger of criminal sanctions and expulsion because he failed to apply for a passport within a 12-month window following his 18th birthday, as dictated by Italian law.

Last update: December 20, 2011

Riots in England: Inquiry Falls Short on Police Ethnic Profiling

A UK inquiry has identified police “stop and search” tactics as a factor that contributed to this summer's rioting. But it failed to offer strong recommendations on how to fix the problem.

November 30, 2011 | Rebekah Delsol

Julek's Story: Still Waiting for an End to Czech Roma Segregation

Julek was one of 18 children who took the Czech government to the European Court of Human Rights in 1999, challenging the practice of placing disproportionate numbers of Romani children into segregated schools. Twelve years and a landmark legal...

November 22, 2011 | Tracey Gurd
Briefing Paper

Testimony: Anti-Roma Discrimination and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

The Open Society Justice Initiative addressed the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament regarding Roma issues and the European Union's Charter of Fundamental Rights.

November 14, 2011 | Tracey Gurd
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Press release

Four Years after Court Ruling, Romani Children Still Face Czech Segregation

The Open Society Justice Initiative and the European Roma Rights Centre have called on the European Council to ramp up pressure to end segregation of Romani children in Czech schools.

November 14, 2011
Briefing Paper

D.H. and others v. Czech Republic: Joint Submission to Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe

A joint report from the Open Society Justice Initiative and the European Roma Rights Centre details the Czech Republic’s failure to end illegal segregation of Romani children in “practical” schools.

November 2011
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Press release

African Tribunal Reinforces Nationality Rights for Children

The African Union body responsible for protecting children’s rights has urged Kenya to grant citizenship to children of its stateless Nubian minority, in a ruling that marks a victory in the battle against statelessness across the continent and beyond.

October 04, 2011

Children of Nubian Descent in Kenya v. Kenya

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child found that children of Kenya's Nubian minority face discrimination leading to statelessness, violating African human rights standards.

Last update: September 30, 2011

Kuric v. Slovenia

This case concerns citizenship rights and statelessness in Slovenia.

Last update: July 06, 2011

Moldova’s Gay Rights Stance Undermines Its EU Aspirations

Moldova voted against the recent UN resolution supporting LGBT rights, an action that undercuts its aspirations to move towards closer relations and possible membership of the European Union.

June 28, 2011 | Adam Bodnar
Press release

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.

June 23, 2011
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