Topic: Discrimination and Equality

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A Class Action Lawsuit in France Challenges Racist Police Tactics

Civil Society organizations including the Open Society Justice Initiative are seeking systemic changes from France’s Council of State.

July 22, 2021
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ECJ Reaffirms Restrictions Excluding Muslim Women in the Workplace

The top European Union court has made it clear that employers can restrict the wearing of "religious symbols," such as Islamic headscarves, but only in limited circumstances, which will stigmatize Muslim women.

July 15, 2021
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Justice Initiative Joins Groups in Giving Notice of Class Action Lawsuit against French Government for Ethnic Profiling by Police

The Justice Initiative has joined civil and human rights groups in sending a letter of notice of a class action lawsuit against the French government for police identity checks that perpetuate ongoing and systemic ethnic profiling.

January 27, 2021
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Equality Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Adopts New Resolution on Police Profiling

The Open Society Justice Initiative applauds the adoption of a draft resolution by the Equality Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calling on all European States to pass laws to ban ethnic profiling.

December 02, 2020
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Justice Initiative Expresses Concern over Trump Administration Proposal to Expand Biometric Surveillance on Immigrants, U.S. Citizens

The Justice Initiative is expressing concern over a Trump administration proposal to expand the use of invasive data collection in the U.S., which could lead continuous surveillance of immigrants and their families.

October 13, 2020
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Residents Sue Denmark Over Discriminatory “Ghetto Package” Eviction Plan

Twelve Copenhagen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Danish government seeking a declaration that measures under the country’s so-called Ghetto Package are unlawful under EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

May 27, 2020
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Justice Initiative Calls for Immediate Action on Discriminatory COVID-19 Checks in France

The Open Society Justice Initiative has joined more than two dozen organizations in asking French authorities to adopt concrete measures to put an end to racist, discriminatory practices by French law enforcement officers during COVID-19.

May 13, 2020
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Amid COVID-19 Lockdown, Justice Initiative Calls for End to Excessive Police Checks in France

The Open Society Justice Initiative has called on the French government to ensure that police checks carried out during COVID-19 do not use excessive, violent, or discriminatory force.

March 27, 2020
Advocacy update

Kenyan Court Puts Hold on Digital Identity Scheme

A Kenyan court has ordered the government to stop implementation of its the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) until a constitutionally sound framework is in place.

January 31, 2020
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A New Report Warns of Looming Threat to U.S. Citizenship, Calls for Moratorium on Denaturalizations

A new Open Society Justice Initiative report warns of a looming threat to U.S. citizenship due to the Trump administration’s effective renunciation of longstanding norms and constitutional protections.

September 17, 2019
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One-Third of EU Countries Have National or Local Bans on Muslim Women’s Dress

A new survey details dress restrictions enacted by both local and national governments, and by businesses and other institutions across the European Union.

April 24, 2018
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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.

March 28, 2018
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European Rights Court Seeks Responses from Spain on Police Ethnic Profiling

A young foreign resident of Spain filed a complaint before the court over a racially-biased police identity check.

January 12, 2018
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After Long Struggle, Kenya’s Nubian Minority Secures Land Rights

The Kenyan government has granted security of land tenure to the country's Nubian minority in Nairobi's Kibera neighborhood—following a campaign that included both human rights litigation and community activism.

June 05, 2017
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Discriminatory Police Stops Brought before European Court of Human Rights

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed two separate applications this month before the European Court of Human Rights that challenge racially-discriminatory police stops in France and Spain.

May 23, 2017
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European Union Must Address Widespread Ethnic Profiling by Police

Heightened concerns over both migration and the threat of terrorism are fueling discriminatory policing practices in Europe.

December 06, 2016
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Dutch Nationality Laws Leave Six-Year Old in Legal Limbo

More than 13,000 children in the Netherlands are classed as being of "unknown" nationality. One of them is taking his case to the UN Human Rights Committee.

November 29, 2016
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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.

November 09, 2016
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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.

October 18, 2016
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EU Court Finds Bulgarian Electricity Company Discriminated against Roma

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that a Bulgarian electricity company treated predominantly Roma districts in an “offensive and stigmatizing” way, breaching European antidiscrimination laws.

July 16, 2015
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