Topic: Discrimination and Equality


Case Watch: Spanish Supreme Court Repeals City Burqa Ban

The Spanish Supreme Court has struck down the prohibition against wearing burqa in public spaces in the Catalonian city of Lleida. The judgment could provide a precedent to prevent broader bans.

March 22, 2013 | Maxim Ferschtman & Cristina de la Serna

Immigration Crackdown in Stockholm Provokes Pushback

Police in Stockholm have been accused of ethnic profiling as they step up identity checks; activists have responded by using social media to track police movements.

March 08, 2013 | Marc Krupanski & Zsolt Bobis

Reducing Ethnic Profiling in the European Union: A Handbook of Good Practices

The nearly 100 case studies gathered in this handbook show that efforts to address ethnic profiling can reduce discrimination, and enhance the overall quality and efficiency of law enforcement.

March 06, 2013
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Still Waiting for an End to Police Discrimination in Spain

Twenty years ago, Rosalind Williams was stopped by police in Spain because she did not look Spanish enough. Unfortunately, ethnic profiling still remains a problem in Spain, as elsewhere in western Europe.

February 05, 2013 | Marc Krupanski & Cristina de la Serna
Briefing Paper

Submission to the UN on Ethnic Profiling in Spain

This submission details the extent and impact of ethnic profiling on minorities in Spain, and how these practices violate international human rights standards.

January 2013
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Stateless in Italy: Time to Fix a Broken System

Two ongoing cases illustrate all that is wrong with Italy's status determination procedures for identifying stateless persons and recognizing their status.

January 24, 2013 | Laura Bingham

Case Watch: Uncivil Unions in Greece

A case hearing at the European Court of Human Rights sees the Greek government struggling to explain why its civil union partnerships are not available to gay couples.

January 23, 2013 | Zsolt Bobis

Football and Anti-Gay Bigotry in the European Union Grantee Spotlight

A case before the European Court of Justice should have significant implications for how anti-gay discrimination can be proved and punished in the EU.

January 22, 2013 | Simon Cox & Zsolt Bobis

“I Am Kuwaiti”

Fifty years ago, when Kuwait became a country, the bidoon were cut out of the deal. They have been stateless ever since. Photographer Greg Constantine has been documenting their stories.

January 08, 2013 | Sebastian Kohn
Portrait of bidoon man

Fined for Being Roma while Cycling

In a small northern Hungarian village, the local police were singling out local Roma for riding bikes without bells and reflectors. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee responded.

December 20, 2012 | Zsolt Bobis

Citizens of Nowhere: Solutions for the Stateless in the U.S.

This report focuses on stateless people residing in the United States, a vulnerable population that, under current law, has no path to acquire lawful status or become naturalized U.S. citizens.

December 2012
First page of PDF with filename: citizens-of-nowhere-solutions-for-the-stateless-in-the-us-20121213.pdf

A Dark Anniversary in the Czech Republic

In November 2007, the European Court of Human Rights demanded an end to segregated education for Roma in Czech schools. Last week, five years later, Gypsy Crew took the stage.

November 21, 2012 | Betsy Apple

Italy’s Segregated Camps for Roma Face Discrimination Challenge

The city of Rome is being taken court—over the construction of a segregated camp to house several hundred Roma on a site next to an airport runway.

November 07, 2012 | Costanza Hermanin

Czech Roma Education: Time to Deliver on Promises

The Czech government has said it will end the segregation of Roma children in sub-standard schools. But it needs to set firm targets on the road to full inclusion.

October 24, 2012 | Katrine Thomasen

A Hard Look at Discrimination in Education in Germany

Imagine if you were ten years old and already knew your educational choices were limited and your future job prospects dim. This is the situation for children in Germany from Turkish, Kurdish, or Arab backgrounds.

October 17, 2012 | Katrine Thomasen
Briefing Paper

Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee: Review of Germany

This submission to the 106th session of the UN Human Rights Committee argues that several primary and secondary schools in Berlin are segregating migrant children into classes that provide vastly inferior education.

September 2012
First page of PDF with filename: hrc-germany-10172012.pdf

Case Watch: Strengthening Europe’s Non-Discrimination Law

What is the reach of the European Union law prohibition on race discrimination? A new case offer the Court of Justice an opportunity to affirm that non-discrimination on grounds of race is a general principle of EU law.

October 02, 2012 | Simon Cox

French Prime Minister Makes U-Turn on Reforming Police Stops

Opposition from France's powerful police unions is pushing the new government to switch course on measures to combat racist policing tactics.

September 28, 2012 | Jonathan Birchall & Rachel Neild

Case Watch: Challenging Police Abuse in Spain

A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights has recognized the particular vulnerability of black women in Spain to racial discrimination and abuse.

September 06, 2012 | Cristina de la Serna

Living in a Shadow of Perpetual Suspicion

Rizwaan Sabir was treated as a terrorism suspect for downloading a document for his academic research in 2008. His story highlights concerns about how anti-terrorism powers are being used by UK police.

July 17, 2012 | Rebekah Delsol
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