Topic: Discrimination and Equality
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.