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Discrimination

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

Voices
“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.

Event
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.

Voices
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.

Voices
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.

Voices
Case Watch: ECHR Says “Living Together” Justifies Ban on Full-Face Veils

The court accepted that the ban was allowed to ensure the concept of “living together,” a concept criticized in a dissenting opinion as seeming “far-fetched and vague.”

Briefing Paper
France’s Veil Ban before the European Court of Human Rights

On Tuesday, July 1, the European Court of Human Rights will rule on whether France’s 2010 ban on wearing full-face veils in public breaches the protections of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Open Society People

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