Topic: Discrimination and Equality
Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Delivers Victory Against Statelessness in Al-Jedda Case
The UK Supreme Court has said no individual should be made stateless by the government, even if they could in theory apply for another nationality elsewhere.
Seydi and others v. France
Racial profiling by the police is pervasive in France.This case argues that the application of Article 78-2 of the French Criminal Procedure Code violated numerous fundamental rights and freedoms.
A Legal Challenge to Discrimination in German Schools
An administrative court in Berlin will rule on a complaint from three young German students, alleging discrimination on the basis of their “migrant” backgrounds.
Equality Betrayed: Speaking Out Against Ethnic Profiling by French Police
French police routinely target young men of African and Arab origin for identity checks and searches. A new report documents the human costs.
Equality Betrayed: The Impact of Ethnic Profiling in France
French police checks disproportionately target young men of North African and Arab origin: read first hand accounts of the human cost and the damage done.
Submission to the Universal Periodic Review: Review of Germany
This submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Germany argues that several primary and secondary schools in Berlin are segregating migrant children in separate classes that provide vastly inferior education.
Case Watch: European Court Supports Hungary’s Dissolution of Racist Group
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the right to freedom of assembly does not protect groups that promote racial hatred and negate democratic principles.
Policing on Trial: Europe Grapples with Ethnic Profiling
Across Europe, government responses to racially biased policing hovers between acceptance and denial. Now, in the face of an increasing body of research and community pushback, it seems some are getting the message.
Italy Takes a Step Towards Confronting anti-Roma Discrimination
A court in Rome has found that a census aimed specifically at people of Roma origin constitutes illegal discrimination.
Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Confronts Statelessness in al-Jedda Case
Stripping UK nationality from a naturalized citizen could establish a precedent that would undermine international law aimed at combatting statelessness.
Case Watch: The Sarrazin Affair and the Limits of Free Expression
Like all liberties, freedom of expression must be weighed against other rights, including the right to be free from discrimination. How do courts strike a balance? Consider the case of Thilo Sarrazin.
Case Digests: UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 2004–12
A summary of decisions and views expressed by CEDAW in the period 2011–2012.
Case Digests: Legal Update on Discrimination
Read summaries of key decisions relating to discrimination, including ethnic profiling, from international and regional courts and tribunals from March 2012 to May 2013.
Case Watch: A New Perspective on France’s Ban on Religious Headcoverings in Schools
The UN Human Rights Commission has found that a 2004 French ban on religious headcoverings at public schools breached a Sikh student’s right to religious freedom.
Ethnic Profiling: Letter from Spain’s Defensora del Pueblo
Recommendations from Spain’s Defensora del Pueblo to the General Directorate of Police at the Ministry of the Interior to address ethnic profiling.
Case Watch: Stopping Evictions of Roma in Bulgaria
A recent case at the UN illustrates the challenges that Roma communities face in asserting their right to protect the homes they have created on the margins of both society and the legal system.
Case Watch: European Court of Justice Faults Response to Football Tycoon’s Anti-Gay Remarks
Asociaţia ACCEPT has successfully challenged Romania's handling of anti-gay remarks by the millionaire backer of Steaua Bucharest football club.
Salkanovic v. Ministry of Interior (Italy)
The Justice Initiative with Italian NGOs filed a petition on behalf of Salkanovic against the government, seeking a declaration that the Roma census violated Italian and EU antidiscrimination and data protection law.
Case Watch: Retention of Fingerprints Violates Right to Respect for Private Life
The European Court has ruled that French authorities violated the right to respect for private life when they retained fingerprints in a government database after a suspect was acquitted.