Topic: Discrimination and Equality

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
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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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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
Litigation

Y, T & A v. Berlin Education Authority

The Justice Initiative supported the development of a case brought by three pupils of migrant background challenging the discriminatory treatment growing out of educational reforms adopted by Berlin.

Last update: January 26, 2015
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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
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