Open Society Justice Initiative
A Crisis of Nationality: Dominicans of Haitian Descent
The background to the crisis in the Dominican Republic over the nationality and legal identity of Dominicans of Haitian descent.
Open Society Voices
In an unprecented move, a court in Kazakhstan has ordered the authorities to pay compensation to a victim of police torture, enforcing a ruling by the UN Committee against Torture.
Sidney Mutueel is a chief inspector in the Dutch police. He has been a police officer for over twenty three years. Yet when he is off duty, he gets stopped and checked by the police. Why? Because he is black.
The Justice Initiative supported the development of a case brought by three pupils of migrant background challenging the discriminatory treatment growing out of educational reforms adopted by Berlin.
Two related legal actions argue that granting broad stop-and-search powers to the police leads to ethnic profiling, and violates the French Constitution.
Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer, died in pretrial detention after being denied essential medical care, in retaliation for exposing a $230m fraud involving senior Interior Ministry officials.