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Ireland: Gender Recognition Bill Passed

(July 31, 2015) On July 15, 2015, the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 was passed by the Oireachtas (Irish legislature). (Gender Recognition Bill 2014, No. 116/2014, HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS.) The bill was signed into law by the President of Ireland on July 22. (2015 Legislation, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND.) The bill enables transgender people to obtain […]

Canada: Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Pakistani Canadian Pilot in Discrimination Case

(July 30, 2015) On July 23, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeal of a Pakistani Canadian pilot in a discrimination case filed against Bombardier, an aerospace company. (Quebec (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse) v. Bombardier Inc. (Bombardier Aerospace Training Center), 2015 SCC 39, Judgments of […]

United Arab Emirates: New Law Banning Discrimination

(July 22, 2015) On July 20, 2015, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of religion or ethnic identity. The law also bans discrimination on the grounds of caste, doctrine, color, or race. (Steven Wildberger, UAE Issues Religious Tolerance Law, PAPER CHASE (July 21, 2015).) The Attorney-General of the […]

Brazil: Senate Passes New Law Regulating Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

(June 17, 2015) The Brazilian Federal Senate on June 10, 2015, approved a new law that establishes a legal framework for people with disabilities. The new law defines disability, prescribes priority service in public agencies for people with disabilities, and emphasizes other public policies favorable to them. (Mariana Jungmann, Senado Aprova Lei de Inclusão da […]

United Kingdom: Bill to Provide Transparency in Pay to Reduce Gender Inequalities

(May 13, 2015) The Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill is about to be debated in the House of Lords. This bill will allow the Secretary of State of the United Kingdom to introduce regulations under section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 that would require employers with more than 250 employees to publish information about the […]

United Nations: Website Seeks to Address Discrimination Against People with Albinism

(May 12, 2015) On May 5, 2015, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched a website designed to discredit myths about albinism and advocate for legal and practical steps to protect albinos. The website notes that the rare condition is “still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically.” (‘Not Ghosts But […]

Germany: Gender Quotas for Large Companies and for Federal Bodies

(Mar. 17, 2015) Germany’s Parliament has adopted a law aimed at increasing the number of women in leadership positions in the private and public sectors. The Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s Parliament, passed the law on March 6, 2015. (Colleen Mallick, German Parliament Approves Gender Quota Legislation for Large Companies, PAPER CHASE (Mar. 6, […]

Taiwan: Proposed Change to Police Uniforms Act in Order to Comply with CEDAW

(Dec. 4, 2014) On November 27, 2014, Taiwan’s Cabinet approved a draft amendment to the Police Uniforms Act that would permit on-duty policewomen to wear pants year-round. The proposed change, which was put forward by the Ministry of Interior (MOI), is another step towards Taiwan’s full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination […]

Uganda: New Law Criminalizes HIV/AIDS Transmission, Requires Pregnant Women to Undergo HIV Testing

(Sept. 17, 2014) In August 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law the HIV and AIDS prevention and control bill, which, among other measures, criminalizes intentional transmission of HIV and requires pregnant women to undergo mandatory HIV testing. (Press Release, Center for Reproductive Rights, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni Signs Callous Law Criminalizing HIV and […]

Tanzania; United Nations: Protection Needed for Albinos

(Sept. 8, 2014) On August 25, 2014, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) questioned the method adopted by the Government of Tanzania to protect children with albinism. The government has placed children with the condition in state-run care centers, to protect them from being targeted by those who believe […]