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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.

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Drugs Courts: A Fresh Approach or a Continuation of the Old Paradigm?

Drug courts, presented as an alternative to incarceration, are themselves controversial and problematic. Do these mandatory, court-supervised drug treatment programs hold up to scrutiny?

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The Fight against Police Ethnic Profiling in France Returns to the Courts

A courtroom in Paris will this week see the latest stage in an ongoing legal challenge to what the French call “contrôle au faciès”—police stops that target individuals on the basis of the way they look.

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Case Watch: European Judges Skirt Nationality Question in Latvian Case

A member of Latvia's pro-Russian community fails to persuade the ECHR that denial of citizenship violates his rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

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Fighting Denial and Suspicion in France

The country that professes “liberty, equality, fraternity” is instead allowing fear and distrust to drive the current conversation following the tragic events at Charlie Hebdo.

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How a Legal Identity Leads to a Better Life  

A collaboration between government and civil society groups is making sure that every citizen of Nepal can access the documentation that grants them their basic rights.

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Why Selma Matters

The release of the Oscar-nominated film about the civil rights movement reminds us why the arts are so integral to our ongoing struggle for justice.

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Open Society Foundations–New York, Open Society Justice Initiative