Topic: Discrimination and Racial Justice


Case Watch: Court Rulings Juxtapose Stark Regional Differences on Gay Rights

Two important European court rulings have stengthened legal support of the rights of sexual minorities.

November 14, 2013 | Zsolt Bobis

In German Schools, a Quiet but Deep Discrimination Problem

Testimonies of students, parents and teachers paint a bleak picture of the challenges facing children from “migration background” in Berlin schools.

October 29, 2013 | Zsolt Bobis
A woman standing.
Fact Sheet

Discrimination in German Schools

A summary of key facts that point to a structural problem with discrimination against children of migrant families in Gemany's schools

November, 2013
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Standing Up for Equality in Germany’s Schools

Why do children of “migration background” often perform significantly worse at school than their native German counterparts? The problem is discrimination.

October 2013
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Press release

Survey Data Highlights Police Ethnic Bias in Spain

A new national survey released today in Madrid indicates that members of ethnic minorities in Spain are twice as likely to be stopped and checked by police than members of the majority population.

October 17, 2013

New European Campaign Seeks Action on Ending Statelessness Grantee Spotlight

The European Network on Statelessness, launched in June last year, has just launched a year-long campaign seeking to improve protection for stateless persons in Europe.

October 16, 2013 | Chris Nash

Dominican Republic: How Statelessness Threatens Women and Families

As the Dominican Republic hosts a regional conference on women's rights, tens of thousands of Dominican women of Haitian descent face the prospect of being stripped of their nationality.

October 16, 2013 | Liliana Gamboa & Laura Bingham

Case Watch: Paris Court Rebuffs Police Discrimination Complaint

A French court ruling effectively prevents any judicial remedy for people who are singled out by police for stops based on their ethnic appearance.

October 11, 2013 | Lanna Hollo & Zsolt Bobis

Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Delivers Victory Against Statelessness in Al-Jedda Case

The UK Supreme Court has said no individual should be made stateless by the government, even if they could in theory apply for another nationality elsewhere.

October 08, 2013 | Simon Cox

Seydi and others v. France

Racial profiling by the police is pervasive in France. This case argues that the application of Article 78-2 of the French Criminal Procedure Code violated numerous fundamental rights and freedoms.

Last update: October 04, 2013
Press release

Council of Europe Parliamentarians Endorse Tshwane Principals

The Open Society Justice Initiative welcomes the endorsement by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) of the Global Principals on National Security and the Right to Information.

October 02, 2013
Press release

Dominican Republic Court Ruling Raises Mass Statelessness Threat

The Dominican Republic must ensure that none of its citizens is rendered stateless, after a court ruling that strips nationality from hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent.

October 02, 2013

A Legal Challenge to Discrimination in German Schools

An administrative court in Berlin will rule on a complaint from three young German students, alleging discrimination on the basis of their “migrant” backgrounds.

September 25, 2013 | Laura Bingham

Equality Betrayed: Speaking Out Against Ethnic Profiling by French Police

French police routinely target young men of African and Arab origin for identity checks and searches. A new report documents the human costs.

September 23, 2013 | Marc Krupanski & Zsolt Bobis
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Equality Betrayed: The Impact of Ethnic Profiling in France

French police checks disproportionately target young men of North African and Arab origin: read first hand accounts of the human cost and the damage done.

September 2013
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Briefing Paper

Submission to the Universal Periodic Review: Review of Germany

This submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Germany argues that several primary and secondary schools in Berlin are segregating migrant children in separate classes that provide vastly inferior education.

July 2013
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Case Watch: European Court Supports Hungary’s Dissolution of Racist Group

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the right to freedom of assembly does not protect groups that promote racial hatred and negate democratic principles.

July 16, 2013 | Marion Isobel & Jodie Liu

Policing on Trial: Europe Grapples with Ethnic Profiling

Across Europe, government responses to racially biased policing hovers between acceptance and denial. Now, in the face of an increasing body of research and community pushback, it seems some are getting the message.

July 05, 2013 | Lanna Hollo & Rachel Neild
Press release

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.

July 02, 2013
Press release

Italian Court Condemns Government's Roma Census as Discriminatory

An Italian court has found that govenment emergency actions targeting "nomads" constituted illegal discrimination against citizens of Roma origin.

July 02, 2013
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