Topic: Discrimination and Equality


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
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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
Press release

Azimjan Askarov Takes His Torture and Unfair Trial in Kyrgyzstan to Human Rights Committee

The case of Azimjan Askarov, a 61-year old human rights defender, is a litmus test for the administration of justice in Kyrgyzstan.

November 13, 2012
Press release

Czech Roma Still Face “Educational Apartheid,” Despite Court Ruling Five Years Ago

The Open Society Foundations is urging the Czech government to end the institutionalized segregation of Roma children within its schools, five years after it was ordered to do so by the European Court of Human Rights.

November 12, 2012

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
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
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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
Press release

Eight Groups Urge French Leaders to Honor Promise on Police Ethnic Profiling

The French government should respect President François Hollande’s election campaign commitment to fight against ethnic profiling and abusive practices during identity checks.

October 05, 2012

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

D.H. and Others v. Czech Republic

In 2007, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Roma children in the Czech Republic face systematic discrimination. But the Czech government has yet to take steps to remedy continuing school segregation.

Last update: July 16, 2012
Press release

UN Calls for Action Against Statelessness Affecting Children

The Open Society Justice Initiative welcomed the UN decision, which reaffirms essential protections for the five million children around the world who have no citizenship anywhere.

July 05, 2012

Statelessness at the UN: Reaffirming the Right to Nationality

After nearly two years of advocacy by the Open Society Justice Initiative, the UN Human Rights Council moved to address the plight of millions of stateless people—including some five million children.

July 05, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn & Katrine Thomasen
Press release

European Court Strengthens Protections against Statelessness in Slovenia Ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Slovenia to compensate thousands of people who were “erased” from its list of permanent residents after Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia two decades ago.

June 26, 2012
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