Topic: Discrimination and Equality

Voices

A Step Forward for Equal Marriage Rights in the European Union

Same-sex spouses who married an EU migrant in an EU country must now be recognized as having the same residency rights as opposite-sex spouses across all 28 member states.

June 07, 2018 | Simon Cox
Adrian Coman in front of a group of microphones
Report

Human Rights in the Context of Automatic Naturalization in Crimea

This report examines the implications for the population of the Crimean peninsula of the imposition of Russian citizenship that followed Russia’s seizure of the territory from Ukraine in 2014.

June 2018
First page of PDF with filename: report-osji-crimea-20180601.pdf
Fact Sheet

Restrictions on Muslim Women’s Dress in the 28 EU Member States

This fact sheet maps EU laws and pending legislation restricting religious dress—specifically the headscarf and face veil worn by Muslim women.

April 2018
First page of PDF with filename: restrictions-on-muslim-women's-dress-fact-sheet-20180710.pdf
Press release

One-Third of EU Countries Have National or Local Bans on Muslim Women’s Dress

A new survey details dress restrictions enacted by both local and national governments, and by businesses and other institutions across the European Union.

April 24, 2018
Report

Restrictions on Muslim Women’s Dress in the 28 EU Member States

This report maps EU laws and pending legislation restricting religious dress—specifically the headscarf and face veil worn by Muslim women.

April 2018
First page of PDF with filename: restrictions-on-muslim-womens-dress-in-28-eu-member-states-20180709.pdf
Press release

Africa’s Human Rights Court Strengthens Protections for the Right to Nationality

The African Court ruled in favor of a Tanzanian man who found himself forced to live in the no-man’s land between Kenya and Tanzania because of a dispute over his status.

March 28, 2018
Voices

Confronting the Tigers: How Young Parisians Use the Law to Expose Police Abuse

Four police officers in Paris are on trial for assault, in a case that is highlighting the human cost of abusive and discriminatory policing.

March 07, 2018 | Lanna Hollo
A man pressed up against a window with arms spread
Press release

European Rights Court Seeks Responses from Spain on Police Ethnic Profiling

A young foreign resident of Spain filed a complaint before the court over a racially-biased police identity check.

January 12, 2018
Voices

How Data Is Helping in the Struggle for the Right to Education in South Africa

Winning a court ruling alone was not enough to ensure that schoolchildren in the impoverished Eastern Cape province of South Africa have decent desks and chairs.

December 08, 2017 | Allison Corkery
A boy writing numbers in the sand
Voices

Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

A surge in the anti-establishment vote in October’s elections has left the long struggle to end segregation of Roma children in Czech schools on uncertain ground.

November 13, 2017 | Ostalinda Maya & Štěpán Drahokoupil
Students at a school table
Litigation

Nazari v. Denmark

This complaint challenged the lack of transparency under Danish law in the handling of applications for citizenship.

Last update: June 19, 2017
Press release

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
Press release

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
Voices

Kenya’s Nubian Minority Pushes Forward for Equal Treatment

Efforts to ensure that Kenya’s Nubian community can secure proof of citizenship are being pursued both on the ground, and through Africa’s human rights system.

May 15, 2017 | Laura Bingham
An identity card held in a woman's hands
Voices

Finding a Way Out of Legal Limbo in the Dominican Republic

Community-based paralegals are helping people of Haitian descent secure the legal identity documents that affirm their citizenship.

April 19, 2017 | Cassandre Theano
Women and girls outside a small house
Briefing Paper

Case Digests: International Standards on Ethnic Profiling: Standards and Decisions from the European System

A review of European legal standards, including jurisprudence and commentaries, which address ethnic profiling.

November 2013
First page of PDF with filename: case-digests-ethnic profiling-european-systems-110813_0.pdf
Report

Born in the Americas: The Promise and Practice of Nationality Laws in Brazil, Chile, and Colombia

This examination of citizenship regimes in Brazil, Chile and Colombia finds weaknesses that create the risk of statelessness.

March 2017
First page of PDF with filename: born-in-the-americas-20170323.pdf
Report

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Equal Access to Quality Education

This comparative study, based on research in Brazil, India, and South Africa, assesses how the power of the litigation is being harnessed in the pursuit of adequate basic education for all.

March 22, 2017
First page of PDF with filename: strategic-litigation-impacts-education-20170322.pdf
Voices

EU Top Court Fails to Guarantee Muslim Women’s Right to Wear a Headscarf at Work

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that it is not direct discrimination on grounds of religion for an employer to bar workers from wearing religious clothing.

March 14, 2017 | Maryam H'madoun & Simon Cox
Briefing Paper

Headscarves and Discrimination before the Court of Justice of the European Union

The EU's top court will rule on whether an employer can refuse to allow a Muslim woman to wear a headscarf at her place of work.

March 2017
First page of PDF with filename: cjeu-headscarves-20170308.pdf
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