Topic: Discrimination and Equality

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
Press release

European Union Must Address Widespread Ethnic Profiling by Police

Heightened concerns over both migration and the threat of terrorism are fueling discriminatory policing practices in Europe.

December 06, 2016
Press release

Dutch Nationality Laws Leave Six-Year Old in Legal Limbo

More than 13,000 children in the Netherlands are classed as being of "unknown" nationality. One of them is taking his case to the UN Human Rights Committee.

November 29, 2016
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
Press release

French Court Victory Calls Police to Account over Racially-Biased Stops

France’s top civil court ruled today that police stops which disproportionately target young people of African and Arab origin are illegal, in a judgment that clears the way for fundamental changes in French police practices.

November 09, 2016
Press release

European Court Judgment Falls Short on Protecting Roma Rights

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to compensate six Roma families for their eviction in 2006, but failed to acknowledge that the action was racially motivated.

October 18, 2016
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
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
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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
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
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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
Press release

EU Court Finds Bulgarian Electricity Company Discriminated against Roma

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that a Bulgarian electricity company treated predominantly Roma districts in an “offensive and stigmatizing” way, breaching European antidiscrimination laws.

July 16, 2015
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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
Voices

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
Press release

Paris Court Accepts Appeal on French Police Ethnic Profiling Case

The Paris appeals court made a landmark decision in favor of five young men of Arab and African descent who were discriminated by the French police on the basis of racial and ethnic grounds.

June 24, 2015
Voices

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
Voices

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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