Topic: Discrimination and Equality

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Case Watch: Roma Ruling Advances Antidiscrimination Protections in the European Union

Legal efforts to protect Europe’s Roma minority from racial discrimination have been given a substantial boost by the European Union's top court.

July 16, 2015 | Zsuzsanna Nyitray & Simon Cox
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A Death in Police Custody, an Outpouring of Anger in the Netherlands

The death of 42-year-old Mitch Henriquez at the hands of Dutch police sparked four nights of violent rioting in the Hague, fueled by underlying tensions between the police and minority communities in the Netherlands.

July 08, 2015 | Marc Krupanski
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Seven Easy Steps to Ethnic Cleansing in the Dominican Republic

In its treatment of its citizens of Haitian descent, the Dominican Republic has presented a virtual recipe for any other country aspiring to an ethnic cleansing exercise done according to proper legal procedure.

June 16, 2015 | Julia Harrington Reddy
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How Roma Families are Taking Action against Czech School Discrimination

Facing discrimination in the Czech Republic's education system, Roma families in the city of Ostrava are fighting to secure better schooling for their children, one child at a time.

April 29, 2015 | Ostalinda Maya
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Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Backs Government Rejection of Statelessness Claim

The UK Supreme Court ruled that stripping British nationality from a naturalized citizen accused of terrorism did not make him stateless, even when his country of birth repudiated the claim.

March 25, 2015 | Simon Cox
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Case Watch: EU Court’s Legal Adviser Assesses Roma Discrimination Case

The Advocate-General at the Court of Justice of the European Union examined how the EU law ban on discrimination on racial or ethnic grounds affects service provision disadvantaging a whole district.

March 13, 2015 | Simon Cox
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Case Watch: European Judges Skirt Nationality Question in Latvian Case

A member of Latvia’s pro-Russian community fails to persuade the ECHR that denial of citizenship violates his rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

February 06, 2015 | Amy Strand
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Case Watch: Inaccessible Electricity Meters for Roma Challenged under EU Law

In some mainly Roma districts in Bulgaria, the electricity company CEZ keeps the electricity meters on tall poles in the street, out of easy reach of householders.

January 12, 2015 | Simon Cox
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Case Watch: EU Court Ruling Backs Refugees from Anti-Gay Persecution

A welcome recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union is likely to make it harder for governments to deny political asylum to applicants facing persecution for their sexual orientation.

December 08, 2014 | Zsolt Bobis
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Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Struggles with Pham Statelessness Conundrum

Details emerged during a UK Supreme Court hearing of secret British discussions with Vietnam, aimed at securing the deportation of a Vietnamese-born an alleged al-Qaida associate, who had been stripped of UK citizenship.

November 19, 2014 | Simon Cox
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Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Addresses “B2” Statelessness Challenge

The case of Pham Minh Quang before the UK Supreme Court raises fundamental questions about the obligations of governments under the 1954 convention on eliminating statelessness.

November 16, 2014 | Simon Cox
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Dominican Republic “Rage Quits” on Human Rights

After being found in breach of its treaty commitments, the Dominican Republic has decided to walk away from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

November 13, 2014 | Julia Harrington Reddy
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Case Watch: European Court Defers to States on Same-Sex Marriage

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a transsexual woman must break her existing marriage in order to receive official recognition of her gender.

August 01, 2014 | Aman Singh
Litigation

Zeshan Muhammad v. Spain

Ethnic profiling by law enforcement officers continues to be a persistent and pervasive practice throughout Spain, particularly in the context of immigration control.

Last update: July 31, 2014
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“A Decision that Seems Like an Attack on My Religion”

For one British Muslim woman, the European Court of Human Rights’ decision to uphold France’s ban on full-face veils is deeply painful.

July 17, 2014 | Heena Khaled
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France’s Veil Ban: Getting It Wrong on Living Together

A simple exchange on a London street shows the error of a European court ruling upholding France’s ban on the wearing of full-face veils.

July 15, 2014 | Julia Harrington Reddy
Litigation

Nikolova v. CEZ Electricity

Bulgarian electricity companies have been locating meters at the tops of high poles in “Roma districts,” preventing residents from reading and checking them; elsewhere they are at head-height and easily accessible.

Last update: July 11, 2014
Litigation

Ethnic Profiling in Gyöngyöspata

In 2011, Hungarian police in the village of Gyöngyöspata singled out local Roma inhabitants for discriminatory treatment.

Last update: July 10, 2014
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Case Watch: ECHR Says “Living Together” Justifies Ban on Full-Face Veils

The court accepted that the ban was allowed to ensure the concept of “living together,” a concept criticized in a dissenting opinion as seeming “far-fetched and vague.”

July 01, 2014 | Maxim Ferschtman & Jonathan Birchall
Briefing Paper

France’s Veil Ban before the European Court of Human Rights

On Tuesday, July 1, the European Court of Human Rights will rule on whether France’s 2010 ban on wearing full-face veils in public breaches the protections of the European Convention on Human Rights.

June 2014
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