Topic: Discrimination and Equality

Briefing Paper

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.

June 2013
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Press release

France: Government Promises UN to End Ethnic Profiling

France should act on its promise to prohibit and prevent ethnic profiling and provide effective remedies to victims, the Open Society Justice Initiative and Human Rights Watch said today.

June 06, 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.

May 15, 2013 | Michelle Dellatorre & Maxim Ferschtman

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.

May, 2013
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Press release

Spain’s Civil Rights Monitor Proposes Measures to Combat Police Ethnic Profiling

The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed a new initiative in Spain that aims to eliminate the ethnic and racial profiling of minorities in supposedly random identity checks.

May 10, 2013

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.

May 08, 2013 | Michelle Dellatorre

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.

April 25, 2013 | Simon Cox & Zsolt Bobis

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.

Last update: April 23, 2013

S.A.S. v France

In October 2010, France enacted a law banning the wearing of any clothing which fully covers the face in any public space. In effect the law is intended to regulate the burqa and niqab.

Last update: April 23, 2013

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.

April 22, 2013 | Costanza Hermanin & Steve Kostas

Viewed with Suspicion: The Human Cost of Stop and Search in England and Wales

How does it feel to bear the brunt of police profiling? The Open Society Justice Initiative conducted interviews with nine people whose lives have been directly affected by stop and search.

April 2013
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Viewed with Suspicion: Twenty Years after Stephen Lawrence

The Lawrence legacy of police reform isn’t complete. It requires action that recognises the human costs of stop and search—action that finally accounts for those on the receiving end.

April 22, 2013 | Rebekah Delsol
Cordel Robinson

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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Press release

Report to U.N. Details Pervasive Ethnic Profiling in Spain

Spanish police are guilty of focusing identity checks and stops on people who “do not look Spanish,” according to a statement by an international human rights law group to the U.N’s top expert on racism and discrimination.

January 25, 2013

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
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