Topic: Discrimination and Equality

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Survey Data Highlights Police Ethnic Bias in Spain

A new national survey released today in Madrid indicates that members of ethnic minorities in Spain are twice as likely to be stopped and checked by police than members of the majority population.

October 17, 2013
Voices

New European Campaign Seeks Action on Ending Statelessness Grantee Spotlight

The European Network on Statelessness, launched in June last year, has just launched a year-long campaign seeking to improve protection for stateless persons in Europe.

October 16, 2013 | Chris Nash
Voices

Dominican Republic: How Statelessness Threatens Women and Families

As the Dominican Republic hosts a regional conference on women's rights, tens of thousands of Dominican women of Haitian descent face the prospect of being stripped of their nationality.

October 16, 2013 | Liliana Gamboa & Laura Bingham
Voices

Case Watch: Paris Court Rebuffs Police Discrimination Complaint

A French court ruling effectively prevents any judicial remedy for people who are singled out by police for stops based on their ethnic appearance.

October 11, 2013 | Lanna Hollo & Zsolt Bobis
Voices

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.

October 08, 2013 | Simon Cox
Litigation

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.

Last update: October 04, 2013
Press release

Council of Europe Parliamentarians Endorse Tshwane Principals

The Open Society Justice Initiative welcomes the endorsement by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) of the Global Principals on National Security and the Right to Information.

October 02, 2013
Press release

Dominican Republic Court Ruling Raises Mass Statelessness Threat

The Dominican Republic must ensure that none of its citizens is rendered stateless, after a court ruling that strips nationality from hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent.

October 02, 2013
Voices

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.

September 25, 2013 | Laura Bingham
Voices

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.

September 23, 2013 | Marc Krupanski & Zsolt Bobis
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Report

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.

September 2013
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Briefing Paper

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.

July 2013
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Voices

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.

July 16, 2013 | Marion Isobel & Jodie Liu
Voices

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.

July 05, 2013 | Lanna Hollo & Rachel Neild
Press release

French Court to Hear Unprecedented Challenge to Police Ethnic Profiling

Thirteen young French men of North or Sub-Saharan African origin say that they have been subject to identity checks based on what they look like, rather than something they did.

July 02, 2013
Press release

Italian Court Condemns Government's Roma Census as Discriminatory

An Italian court has found that govenment emergency actions targeting "nomads" constituted illegal discrimination against citizens of Roma origin.

July 02, 2013
Voices

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.

June 28, 2013 | Costanza Hermanin & Steve Kostas
Voices

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.

June 24, 2013 | Laura Bingham
Voices

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.

June 24, 2013 | Michelle Dellatorre
Press release

UN Rapporteur Highlights “Pervasive Problem” of Ethnic Profiling by Police in Spain

A report to the UN Human Rights Council urges Spain to ensure that its laws specifically prohibit racial profiling.

June 21, 2013
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