Topic: Discrimination and Equality

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After Long Struggle, Kenya’s Nubian Minority Secures Land Rights

The Kenyan government has granted security of land tenure to the country's Nubian minority in Nairobi's Kibera neighborhood—following a campaign that included both human rights litigation and community activism.

June 05, 2017
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Discriminatory Police Stops Brought before European Court of Human Rights

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed two separate applications this month before the European Court of Human Rights that challenge racially-discriminatory police stops in France and Spain.

May 23, 2017
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Europe's Highest Court Rules Roma School Segregation by Language Illegal

The European Court of Human Rights held in the case Oršuš and Others v. Croatia that the segregation of Romani children into separate classes based on language is unlawful discrimination.

March 16, 2010
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Lack of Citizenship Rights a Major Cause of Conflict in Africa

The lack of citizenship rights generates conflict and undermines democracy in many countries in Africa, according to two new studies by the Open Society Institute.

October 21, 2009
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UN Human Rights Committee Finds Discrimination in Racial Profiling

The UN Human Rights Committee became the first international tribunal to declare that police identity checks motivated by race or ethnicity run counter to the international human right to nondiscrimination, in a case filed by the Open Society...

September 10, 2009
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New Evidence Reveals Police in Europe Target Minorities Excessively

Pervasive use of ethnic and religious stereotypes by law enforcement across Europe is harming efforts to combat crime and terrorism, according to a report released by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

May 26, 2009
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Azimjan Askarov Takes His Torture and Unfair Trial in Kyrgyzstan to Human Rights Committee

The case of Azimjan Askarov, a 61-year old human rights defender, is a litmus test for the administration of justice in Kyrgyzstan.

November 13, 2012
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Survey Data Highlights Police Ethnic Bias in Spain

A new national survey released today in Madrid indicates that members of ethnic minorities in Spain are twice as likely to be stopped and checked by police than members of the majority population.

October 17, 2013
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Dominican Republic Court Ruling Raises Mass Statelessness Threat

The Dominican Republic must ensure that none of its citizens is rendered stateless, after a court ruling that strips nationality from hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent.

October 02, 2013
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UN Rapporteur Highlights “Pervasive Problem” of Ethnic Profiling by Police in Spain

A report to the UN Human Rights Council urges Spain to ensure that its laws specifically prohibit racial profiling.

June 21, 2013
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Czech Government Flouts Court Ruling on Roma Education

The Czech Republic has failed to comply with European law and integrate Romani children into mainstream schools, said the Open Society Justice Initiative in a complaint filed this week.

November 10, 2010
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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
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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
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Groundbreaking Decision on Statelessness in Europe

The European Court of Human Rights acknowledged the need to avoid making people stateless in its decision on Kuric and Others v. Slovenia.

July 16, 2010
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Thousands Stripped of Citizenship in the Dominican Republic

A case challenging the Dominican Republic's treatment of its citizens of Haitian ancestry was filed before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Center for Justice and International Law.

June 01, 2010
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European Union Must Address Widespread Ethnic Profiling by Police

Heightened concerns over both migration and the threat of terrorism are fueling discriminatory policing practices in Europe.

December 06, 2016
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Dutch Nationality Laws Leave Six-Year Old in Legal Limbo

More than 13,000 children in the Netherlands are classed as being of "unknown" nationality. One of them is taking his case to the UN Human Rights Committee.

November 29, 2016
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Paris Court Accepts Appeal on French Police Ethnic Profiling Case

The Paris appeals court made a landmark decision in favor of five young men of Arab and African descent who were discriminated by the French police on the basis of racial and ethnic grounds.

June 24, 2015
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European Court of Human Rights Confirms Racial Discrimination in Landmark Bulgarian Case

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights yesterday affirmed in substantial part its first-ever finding of racial discrimination in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.

July 07, 2005
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Inter-American Court Should Affirm Right to Nationality Without Discrimination

The Open Society Justice Initiative submitted an amicus curiae brief with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to uphold the international prohibition on racial discrimination in access to nationality.

April 18, 2005
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