Topic: Discrimination and Equality


Q&A: My Fight to Save My Home Under Denmark’s Harsh “Ghetto Plan”

In Denmark, Open Society Justice Initiative partnered with local residents to stop mass evictions and save their homes under the country’s controversial and discriminatory “Ghetto Package.”

May 27, 2020
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Kenya’s Controversial Digital ID Scheme Faces Pushback

Kenya ushered in a national biometric ID system with little public input. Now, advocates are challenging the government in the courts to ensure inclusive policies and data privacy.

December 19, 2019 | Michele Eken
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Under Suspicion: The Impact of Discriminatory Policing in Spain

This video, produced by Rights International Spain and the Open Society Foundations, explores the lived realities of racialized individuals in Spain.

September 01, 2019
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For a New Path Forward, Denmark Must Commit to Equality

Life in Denmark has become increasingly difficult for the thousands of Muslim citizens and immigrants in the country. Many new policies ostracize Muslims—and they are illegal.

June 13, 2019 | James A. Goldston
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Case Watch: European Court Finds Ethnic Profiling by the Police Discriminatory

For the first time, the European Court of Human Rights has used the consequential phrase “ethnic profiling” in a ruling concerning a police action it considered discriminatory.

April 23, 2019 | Zsolt Bobis
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When It Comes to Race, European Justice Is Not Blind

A new survey of 12 EU member countries shows that how people are treated by the police and the courts often depends on their race or ethnic background.

December 04, 2018 | Zaza Namoradze & Irmina Pacho

Ending Racial Bias in Police Stop and Search

Despite recent reforms, police in the UK continue to unfairly target people of color when using stop and search. A new report should be a wake-up call to those who still defend this failed, counterproductive policy.

October 23, 2018 | Rebekah Delsol
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Case Watch: A Victory in Europe for Muslim Women’s Right to Wear a Headscarf

For the first time, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of a Muslim woman’s right to wear a headscarf.

September 21, 2018 | Simon Cox
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Data Alone Won’t Stop Ethnic Profiling

While many police officers in Belgium recognize that ethnic profiling is real and harmful, acknowledging the problem is only the beginning. It’s time for law enforcement to move beyond words and make concrete policy changes.

June 19, 2018 | Maryam H'madoun
A young man with outstretched arms in front of a police officer

Russia’s Mass Naturalization of Crimeans Has Had Very Unnatural Effects

Russia’s campaign to impose nationality on the annexed territory has led to the sometimes violent suppression of ethnic identity, according to a new report.

June 14, 2018 | Laura Bingham & Natasha Arnpriester
A woman's hand reaching toward a passport

A Step Forward for Equal Marriage Rights in the European Union

Same-sex spouses who married an EU migrant in an EU country must now be recognized as having the same residency rights as opposite-sex spouses across all 28 member states.

June 07, 2018 | Simon Cox
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Confronting the Tigers: How Young Parisians Use the Law to Expose Police Abuse

Four police officers in Paris are on trial for assault, in a case that is highlighting the human cost of abusive and discriminatory policing.

March 07, 2018 | Lanna Hollo
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How Data Is Helping in the Struggle for the Right to Education in South Africa

Winning a court ruling alone was not enough to ensure that schoolchildren in the impoverished Eastern Cape province of South Africa have decent desks and chairs.

December 08, 2017 | Allison Corkery
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Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

A surge in the anti-establishment vote in October’s elections has left the long struggle to end segregation of Roma children in Czech schools on uncertain ground.

November 13, 2017 | Ostalinda Maya & Štěpán Drahokoupil
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Kenya’s Nubian Minority Pushes Forward for Equal Treatment

Efforts to ensure that Kenya’s Nubian community can secure proof of citizenship are being pursued both on the ground, and through Africa’s human rights system.

May 15, 2017 | Laura Bingham
An identity card held in a woman's hands

Finding a Way Out of Legal Limbo in the Dominican Republic

Community-based paralegals are helping people of Haitian descent secure the legal identity documents that affirm their citizenship.

April 19, 2017 | Cassandre Theano
Women and girls outside a small house

EU Top Court Fails to Guarantee Muslim Women’s Right to Wear a Headscarf at Work

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that it is not direct discrimination on grounds of religion for an employer to bar workers from wearing religious clothing.

March 14, 2017 | Maryam H'madoun & Simon Cox

Baton Rape Case Fuels Anger over Racist Policing in France

The sexual assault with a police baton of Theo L., a 22-year-old black Frenchman, has provoked both protests and calls for fundamental reforms in French policing.

February 23, 2017 | Lanna Hollo
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Case Watch: How a Decision on Danish Naturalization Law Leaves Issues Unresolved

A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights glosses over the human story of a torture survivor's long struggle with stupefying bureaucracy.

January 26, 2017 | Laura Bingham

A Victory in France in the Struggle against Racial Bias in Policing

A ruling from France’s top civil court affirmed that the police are subject to antidiscrimination laws, and set the stage for a change in policing practices.

November 14, 2016 | Lanna Hollo
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