Topic: Discrimination and Equality

Briefing Paper

Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee: Review of the Dominican Republic

This submission tendered by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Center for Justice and International Law concludes that measures taken by the Dominican Republic since its last periodic review in 2001 have actually operated to increase,...

March 2012
First page of PDF with filename: unhrc-review-dominican-republic-20120215.pdf
Voices

Slow Progress for Gay Rights at the United Nations, Part 2

I previously expressed dismay and pessimism about the "progress" on LGBT rights at the United Nations. Unfortunately my fears were well-founded and the Human Rights Council debate on March 7 on the topic was a circus.

March 12, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn
Voices

Litany of Failure: Pressure Mounts for Education Reform in Czech Republic

Two fresh studies have again criticized the Czech Republic's failure to stop channeling Romani children into dead-end "practical" schools—which leaves them under-educated and unqualified for a job—at a rate which dwarfs their non-Romani classmates.

March 06, 2012 | Tracey Gurd
Litigation

German Headscarves Ban

In 2006, several regional governments in Germany adopted laws supposedly to maintain neutrality and peace in the school, but which amount to discrimination against Muslim teachers on grounds of religion.

Last update: March 05, 2012
Voices

Case Watch: European Ruling Affirms the Rights of Migrants at Sea

By requiring states to guarantee human rights beyond their state´s territorial boundaries, Europe´s human rights court has upheld the primacy of fundamental rights and the rule of law.

February 27, 2012 | Simon Cox
Briefing Paper

Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Italy

The Open Society Justice Initiative and the Associazione Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione ("ASGI") tendered this submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in preparation for its periodic review of Italy on March 5, 2012.

February 2012
First page of PDF with filename: cerd-italy-20120223.pdf
Fact Sheet

Timeline: Italian Migrant Policy

Some 40,000 migrants arrived in Italy last year as political turmoil swept North Africa. This timeline summarizes principle Italian policy initiatives on migration from 2008 to February, 2012

February 2012
First page of PDF with filename: italy-timeline-20120212.pdf
Voices

Italy’s Migrant Interception Faces European Court Scrutiny

The European Court of Human Rights will rule on Thursday on the case of Somali and Eritrean migrants who were sent back to Libya in 2009 after being intercepted in the Mediterranean by Italian Customs and Coastguard vessels.

February 21, 2012 | Costanza Hermanin
Voices

Slow Progress for Gay Rights at the United Nations

LGBTI people continue to be murdered, raped, and harassed—sometimes by the government that is supposed to protect them—while the UN is unable to unanimously decide whether these crimes actually violate human rights at all.

February 21, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn
Voices

Northern Europe’s Complicity in Greece’s Migrant Crisis

The member states of the European Union needs to respond to the inhumane conditions facing migrants in Greece by taking responsibility for people, rather than just shifting money around.

January 30, 2012 | Simon Cox
Voices

Case Watch: Greek Migrant Male Rape Counts as Torture

The European Court of Human Rights has concluded that the Greek courts failed to acknowlege the gravity of a brutal 2001 sexual assault on an undocumented migrant.

January 23, 2012 | Simon Cox
Voices

Israel’s Supreme Court Condones Discriminatory Citizenship Law

In a setback for equal rights, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a series of petitions challenging a law that, among other things, makes it impossible for Palestinians to acquire Israeli citizenship through marriage.

January 12, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn
Litigation

Adalah v. Israel

This case is about discrimination in Israel, where citizens who marry individuals from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are blocked from bringing their spouses into the country.

Last update: January 11, 2012
Litigation

Iseni v. Italian Ministry of the Interior

Roberto Iseni is in danger of criminal sanctions and expulsion because he failed to apply for a passport within a 12-month window following his 18th birthday, as dictated by Italian law.

Last update: December 20, 2011
Voices

Riots in England: Inquiry Falls Short on Police Ethnic Profiling

A UK inquiry has identified police “stop and search” tactics as a factor that contributed to this summer's rioting. But it failed to offer strong recommendations on how to fix the problem.

December 01, 2011 | Rebekah Delsol
Voices

Julek's Story: Still Waiting for an End to Czech Roma Segregation

Julek was one of 18 children who took the Czech government to the European Court of Human Rights in 1999, challenging the practice of placing disproportionate numbers of Romani children into segregated schools. Twelve years and a landmark legal...

November 23, 2011 | Tracey Gurd
Briefing Paper

Testimony: Anti-Roma Discrimination and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

The Open Society Justice Initiative addressed the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament regarding Roma issues and the European Union's Charter of Fundamental Rights.

November 14, 2011 | Tracey Gurd
First page of PDF with filename: libe-gurd-dh-20111114.pdf
Briefing Paper

D.H. and others v. Czech Republic: Joint Submission to Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe

A joint report from the Open Society Justice Initiative and the European Roma Rights Centre details the Czech Republic’s failure to end illegal segregation of Romani children in “practical” schools.

November 2011
First page of PDF with filename: dh-committee-of-ministers-submission-11042011.pdf
Litigation

Children of Nubian Descent in Kenya v. Kenya

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child found that children of Kenya's Nubian minority face discrimination leading to statelessness, violating African human rights standards.

Last update: September 30, 2011
Litigation

Kuric v. Slovenia

This case concerns citizenship rights and statelessness in Slovenia.

Last update: July 06, 2011
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