Topic: Discrimination and Equality
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Case Watch: Justice Sotomayor Highlights Impact of Biased Policing
A Supreme Court justice’s arguments make for powerful reading, given the troubled state of relations between the police and African American communities across the country.
Case Watch: Discrimination Dressed up as Neutrality in European Headscarf Bans
Two cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union address complaints from Muslim women dismissed by a private sector employer because of wearing a religious headscarves at work.
Case Watch: European Court Urges Italy to Legally Recognize Same-Sex Relationships
The European Court of Human Rights has urged Italy to introduce a form of civil union or registered partnership to enable the legal recognition of same-sex relationships.