Topic: Discrimination and Equality
"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.
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,...
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.
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."
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.
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.
Open Society Justice Initiative Condemns Roma Evictions
The forced eviction and destruction of homes belonging to more than 200 Roma was condemned by the Open Society Justice Initiative, who are pursuing an application with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of several of the families.
Ethnic Profiling Fails Europe
Since 9/11, ethnic profiling has become a major component of the fight against terrorism in several European countries.
Groundbreaking Study Finds Massive Ethnic Profiling
Riders on the Moscow Metro who appear non-Slavic are over twenty times more likely to be stopped by police than those who look Slavic, according to Ethnic Profiling in the Moscow Metro, a new report produced by the Open Society Justice Initiative...
Ethnic Profiling and Counter-Terrorism: Trends, Dangers and Alternatives
Open Society Justice Initiative Executive Director James A. Goldston addressed the European Parliament's Seminar on Counter-Terrorism and Ethnic Profiling in Brussels. His presentation, "Ethnic Profiling and Counter-Terrorism: Trends, Dangers and...
Ethnic Profiling in the Moscow Metro
Riders on the Moscow Metro who appear non-Slavic are over twenty times more likely to be stopped by police than those who look Slavic, according to this report by the Open Society Justice Initiative, in partnership with JURIX and Lamberth Consulting.
Roma Children Pursue Final Appeal in Landmark School Segregation Case
Eighteen Romani children forced to attend segregated schools in the Czech Republic filed their final appeal in a landmark case before the European Court of Human Rights, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Human Rights and Legal Identity: Approaches to Combating Statelessness and Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality
This Open Society Justice Initiative publication looks at the contemporary crisis of statelessness and proposes an agenda for action.
European Court Fails to Find Czech Roma Children Victims of Racial Discrimination in Education
The European Court of Human Rights ruled against 18 Roma children who had been forced to attend segregated schools in the Czech Republic, in a decision condemned by the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Some Quiet Victories for Human Rights
Three recent victories in human rights, from disparate regions across the globe, validate the power of the rule of law in civil society.
Citizenship and Equality in Practice: Comments on the Right to Nationality Submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
The Open Society Justice Initiative today urged the international community to develop a comprehensive strategy to resolve statelessness.
Inter-American Court of Human Rights Affirms the Human Right to Nationality and Upholds the International Prohibition on Racial Discrimination in Access to Nationality
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a landmark decision affirming the human right to nationality as the gateway to the equal enjoyment of all rights as civic members of a state, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Fighting Terrorism While Fighting Discrimination: Can Protocol No. 12 Help?
James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, posits that antidiscrimination legislature enshrined in the European Convention can actually facilitate the development of effective counterterrorist strategy.
Multiculturalism Is Not the Culprit
For more than three decades, Britain has led Europe in the adoption of antidiscrimination legislation. Ending Britain's historic openness to others would be a grave mistake, and would do nothing to address the threat of terrorism.
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.