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Discrimination

The Open Society Foundations use advocacy and litigation to combat the marginalization of racial and ethnic minorities in Europe, taking on cases involving migrants, school segregation, violence against Roma, and policies that ban Muslims from wearing the hijab or building mosques.

Recent work

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Understanding Ferguson

Understanding the root causes of crises like the one taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, is the first step toward preventing them.

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Case Watch: European Court Defers to States on Same-Sex Marriage

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a transsexual woman must break her existing marriage in order to receive official recognition of her gender.

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“A Decision that Seems Like an Attack on My Religion”

For one British Muslim woman, the European Court of Human Rights’ decision to uphold France’s ban on full-face veils is deeply painful.

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Value and Impact of Strategic Litigation: Fool’s Paradise or Indispensable Weapon?  

This panel discussion explores the promise and perils of strategic litigation, often a hallmark of Open Society Foundations’ funding and operations.

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France’s Veil Ban: Getting It Wrong on Living Together

A simple exchange on a London street shows the error of a European court ruling upholding France’s ban on the wearing of full-face veils.

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A Flood Lays Bare Inequality in Bulgaria

For the district hardest hit by the June flooding in Bulgaria, the disaster also dramatically exposed the longstanding inequality and segregation of Roma residents.

Open Society People

Executive Director
Open Society Foundations–New York, Open Society Justice Initiative