Topic: Discrimination and Equality
Russia’s Mass Naturalization of Crimeans Has Had Very Unnatural Effects
Russia’s campaign to impose nationality on the annexed territory has led to the sometimes violent suppression of ethnic identity, according to a new report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nazari v. Denmark
This complaint challenged the lack of transparency under Danish law in the handling of applications for citizenship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.