Topic: Discrimination and Equality

Press release

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...

June 16, 2011

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.

June 13, 2011 | Tracey Gurd

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.

June 06, 2011 | Tracey Gurd

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.

June 2011
First page of PDF with filename: ethnic-profiling-background-paper-for-the-working-party-on-terrorism-20110601.pdf
Press release

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.

May 24, 2011

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.

May 23, 2011 | Will Cohen
Rachel Neild

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.

May 16, 2011 | Sebastian Kohn
Fact Sheet

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.

May 2011
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Briefing Paper

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.

May 2011
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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.

May 2011
First page of PDF with filename: without-citizenship-20110512.pdf

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.

April 28, 2011 | Sarah Montgomery

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.

April 06, 2011 | Tracey Gurd
Fact Sheet

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.

April 2011
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Fact Sheet

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.

April 2011
First page of PDF with filename: right-to-dominican-nationality-20110406.pdf

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.

March 30, 2011 | James A. Goldston
First page of PDF with filename: goldston-hrc-20110330.pdf

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.

March 17, 2011 | Laura Bingham

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.

March 16, 2011 | Margot Dickson

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.

March 15, 2011 | Indira Goris

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."

March 09, 2011 | James A. Goldston

Bagdonavicius v. Russia

This is a case brought by the Open Society Justice Initiative challenging the destruction of Roma families' homes in Russia.

Last update: March 04, 2011
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