Topic: Discrimination and Equality
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.
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.
Africa’s Human Rights Court Strengthens Protections for the Right to Nationality
The African Court ruled in favor of a Tanzanian man who found himself forced to live in the no-man’s land between Kenya and Tanzania because of a dispute over his status.
Statement on Pretrial Detention and Discrimination
Advocates including the Open Society Foundations speak out on the estimated three million people around the world behind bars awaiting trial—many of whom are from the poorest and most marginalized sectors of society.
Ruling Against Ethnic Profiling in Spain Must Be Implemented
The Open Society Justice Initiative and Women's Link Worldwide are pressing the Spanish human rights ombudsman to follow up on the government's failure to comply with the UN Human Rights Committee’s landmark ruling in the case of Williams v. Spain.
Hearing on Roma Discrimination in Italy Marks Progress, but Crisis Unresolved
A hearing on the case of Omerovic and Others v. Italy, filed in cooperation with the Open Society Justice Initiative, marks the first time testimony has been presented in court to challenge Italy’s Nomad Emergency Decree for unfairly targeting...
Groups Call on Czech Minister to Desegregate Schools
The Czech government should take immediate action to implement the European Court of Human Rights judgment in the case of D.H. and Others, urged a letter sent to the newly appointed Minister of Education by the Open Society Justice Initiative and...
African Tribunal Reinforces Nationality Rights for Children
The African Union body responsible for protecting children’s rights has urged Kenya to grant citizenship to children of its stateless Nubian minority, in a ruling that marks a victory in the battle against statelessness across the continent and beyond.
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.
French Court Victory Calls Police to Account over Racially-Biased Stops
France’s top civil court ruled today that police stops which disproportionately target young people of African and Arab origin are illegal, in a judgment that clears the way for fundamental changes in French police practices.
European Court Judgment Falls Short on Protecting Roma Rights
The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to compensate six Roma families for their eviction in 2006, but failed to acknowledge that the action was racially motivated.
Groundbreaking Lawsuit Challenges Racial Profiling by Police
In the first-ever legal challenge to racial profiling filed with an international human rights tribunal, a coalition of advocacy groups including OSI submitted an application to the UN Human Rights Committee, seeking to halt racial profiling by police.
Roma Children Pursue Final Appeal in Landmark School Segregation Case
Eighteen Romani children forced to attend segregated schools in the Czech Republic filed their final appeal in a landmark case before the European Court of Human Rights, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Inter-American Court of Human Rights Affirms the Human Right to Nationality and Upholds the International Prohibition on Racial Discrimination in Access to Nationality
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a landmark decision affirming the human right to nationality as the gateway to the equal enjoyment of all rights as civic members of a state, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Open Society Justice Initiative Makes Statement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
The Open Society Justice Initiative, together with partners in a number of African countries, is undertaking a survey of the state of the law.
Rights Groups Press Czech Government on Roma Education
Despite changes in legislation and a landmark ruling from Europe's highest court, racial segregation of Roma children remains a fixture of education in the Czech Republic, said the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Open Society Justice Initiative Finds Racial Discrimination in Dutch Database
The Dutch government’s practice of gathering and processing sensitive racial and ethnic data infringes on the right to privacy and the right of freedom from racial and ethnic discrimination, according to a legal submission by the Open Society...
Rights Groups Denounce Greek Prosecutor's Racist Statement
A statement made by Greece's top prosecutor suggesting that certain ethnic groups are involved in crime is racist and must be retracted, reports the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Open Society Justice Initiative Seeks Relief for Slovenia's “Erased” Citizens
In a brief submitted to the European Court of Human Rights, the Open Society Justice Initiative argued that the Slovene government's erasure of thousands of its citizens violated the European Convention of Human Rights.
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.