Topic: Discrimination and Equality

Litigation

Dutch Caribbean Consultative Body v. Data Protection Authority

This case challenges the Dutch government’s attempt to create a database of all youths of Antillean descent.

Last update: March 11, 2009
Voices

Discrimination in Schools

On the eve of the Czech Republic's EU presidency, racial segregation of Roma in Czech schools persists. OSI's James Goldston recommends making Roma issues a priority during Prague's tenure in the presidency.

December 08, 2008 | James A. Goldston
Litigation

Timishev v. Russia

The Open Society Justice Initiative represented a man of Chechen origin in a challenge to racial profiling by Russian police in the Caucasus, where non-Slavs are disproportionately stopped and detained.

Last update: October 22, 2008
Press release

Rights Groups Press Czech Government on Roma Education

Despite changes in legislation and a landmark ruling from Europe's highest court, racial segregation of Roma children remains a fixture of education in the Czech Republic, said the Open Society Justice Initiative.

September 16, 2008
Press release

German Employment Case Focuses on Religious and Ethnic Discrimination

The Open Society Justice Initiative challenged religious and ethnic discrimination in a brief the organization filed in an employment case in Hamburg, Germany.

July 13, 2008
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Finds Racial Discrimination in Dutch Database

The Dutch government’s practice of gathering and processing sensitive racial and ethnic data infringes on the right to privacy and the right of freedom from racial and ethnic discrimination, according to a legal submission by the Open Society...

March 21, 2008
Press release

Justice Initiative Hails German Court Judgment on Religious Discrimination

The Open Society Justice Initiative welcomed the recent judgment from Germany's Hamburg Labor Court that a Christian organization which aids immigrants engaged in discrimination when it refused to hire a non-Christian.

February 11, 2008
Press release

Rights Groups Denounce Greek Prosecutor's Racist Statement

A statement made by Greece's top prosecutor suggesting that certain ethnic groups are involved in crime is racist and must be retracted, reports the Open Society Justice Initiative.

February 05, 2008
Voices

Kenyan Nubians: Without Papers, Who Are You?

Discriminatory policies by the Kenyan government against the country's Nubian population have made the minority group effectively stateless.

December 19, 2007 | Sumaiya Islam
Press release

Major Conclusions from the D.H. and Others v. Czech Republic Judgment

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the segregation of Roma students into special schools is a form of unlawful discrimination.

November 14, 2007
Press release

Europe's Highest Court Finds Racial Discrimination in Czech Schools

In a landmark decision, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that segregating Roma students into special schools is a form of unlawful discrimination that violates fundamental human rights.

November 13, 2007
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Seeks Relief for Slovenia's “Erased” Citizens

In a brief submitted to the European Court of Human Rights, the Open Society Justice Initiative argued that the Slovene government's erasure of thousands of its citizens violated the European Convention of Human Rights.

October 16, 2007
Voices

Dominican Bias

The death of activist Sonia Pierre is a reminder that citizens of Haitian descent still face widespread discrimination in the Dominican Republic.

September 29, 2007 | Julia Harrington Reddy & Indira Goris
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Hails Mauritania's New Antislavery Law

The passage of an antislavery bill in Mauritania is an encouraging sign, but the Open Society Justice Initiative notes that it contains weaknesses that could undermine enforcement efforts.

August 21, 2007
Report

"I Can Stop and Search Whoever I Want"—Police Stops of Ethnic Minorities in Bulgaria, Hungary and Spain

Combining statistics, first-person accounts, and policy recommendations, this Open Society Justice Initiative book makes clear that ethnic profiling occurs in all three countries and is ineffective in combating crime.

April 2007
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Press release

Europe's Highest Court Hears Oral Arguments in Landmark Segregation Case

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights heard arguments on a case launched by 18 Roma children forced to attend racially segregated schools in the Czech Republic, in one of the most important cases ever to come before the court,...

January 17, 2007
Voices

Grant Citizenship to All Native Born

The Dominican Republic must abide by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling calling for Santo Domingo to extend citizenship rights to Dominicans of Haitian descent.

October 04, 2006 | James A. Goldston & Indira Goris
Publication

Holes in the Rights Framework: Racial Discrimination, Citizenship, and the Rights of Noncitizens

Open Society Justice Initiative Executive Director James A. Goldston looks at "the importance of citizenship in making effective the promise of fundamental human rights protection."

October 1, 2006 | James A. Goldston
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Press release

New Study on Access to Information Finds Young Democracies Outperform Established Ones

An Open Society Justice Initiative survey of access to information shows that discrimination and inconsistency are still widespread.

September 28, 2006
Press release

Groundbreaking Lawsuit Challenges Racial Profiling by Police

In the first-ever legal challenge to racial profiling filed with an international human rights tribunal, a coalition of advocacy groups including OSI submitted an application to the UN Human Rights Committee, seeking to halt racial profiling by police.

September 12, 2006
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