Topic: Discrimination and Equality

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
Litigation

Zhao v. Netherlands

This complaint before the UN Human Rights Committee focuses on statelessness in the Netherlands.

Last update: June 19, 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
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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
Voices

Baton Rape Case Fuels Anger over Racist Policing in France

The sexual assault with a police baton of Theo L., a 22-year-old black Frenchman, has provoked both protests and calls for fundamental reforms in French policing.

February 23, 2017 | Lanna Hollo
Demonstrators in a crowd
Litigation

Kosa v. Hungary

A Hungarian domestic court rejected a complaint over discriminatory treatment of Roma students that was brought by a local NGO. One of the students, Amanda Kośa, is now seeking to bring the case to the Strasbourg Court.

Last update: February 01, 2017
Voices

Case Watch: How a Decision on Danish Naturalization Law Leaves Issues Unresolved

A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights glosses over the human story of a torture survivor's long struggle with stupefying bureaucracy.

January 26, 2017 | Laura Bingham
Voices

A Victory in France in the Struggle against Racial Bias in Policing

A ruling from France’s top civil court affirmed that the police are subject to antidiscrimination laws, and set the stage for a change in policing practices.

November 14, 2016 | Lanna Hollo
Voices

Case Watch: Justice Sotomayor Highlights Impact of Biased Policing

A Supreme Court justice’s arguments make for powerful reading, given the troubled state of relations between the police and African American communities across the country.

August 22, 2016 | Michael Youhana
Voices

Case Watch: Discrimination Dressed up as Neutrality in European Headscarf Bans

Two cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union address complaints from Muslim women dismissed by a private sector employer because of wearing a religious headscarves at work.

July 12, 2016 | Simon Cox
Briefing Paper

Employer’s Bar on Religious Clothing and European Union Discrimination Law

The Open Society Justice Initiative calls on the Court of Justice of the European Union to rule that equality law is violated when an employer on the grounds of “neutrality”—bans its staff from wearing any religious clothing.

July 2016
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-cjeu-headscarves-20160712.pdf
Report

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Roma School Desegregation

This study examines the role of strategic litigation in efforts to end discrimination against Roma school children in Greece, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

March 2016 | Adriána Zimová
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Report

Fair and Effective Police Stops

This report provides a roadmap for combating ethnic profiling in police work, drawing on reform efforts by five police departments in Spain.

February 2016
First page of PDF with filename: fair-effective-police-stops-20160208.pdf
Fact Sheet

Deportation and Citizenship in the Dominican Republic: Unanswered Questions

Despite assurances from the government over threatened deportations, the position of tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian Descent remains uncertain.

July 2015
First page of PDF with filename: fact-sheet-dr-unanswered-questions-20150731_0.pdf
Voices

Case Watch: European Court Urges Italy to Legally Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

The European Court of Human Rights has urged Italy to introduce a form of civil union or registered partnership to enable the legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

July 22, 2015 | Zsolt Bobis
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