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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: National Council of Justice Sets Quota for Blacks

(June 15, 2015) The Brazilian National Council of Justice issued a resolution on June 9, 2015, that establishes that 20% of the available positions in public exams designed to select people to enter the bodies of the judiciary, including exams to become a judge, must be filled by black people. The rule is mandatory when […]

Burundi: Court Permits Third Bid for Presidency

(May 7, 2015) On May 5, 2015, the Constitutional Court of Burundi decided that the country’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, could run for a third term; six of the seven judges signed the decision. (Burundi Court Upholds President’s Controversial Third-Term Bid, FRANCE 24 (May 5. 2015).) The issue arose because Nkurunziza wishes to run for his […]

Sri Lanka: Constitutional Amendment to Be Implemented

(Jan. 23, 2015) Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, stated on January 21, 2015, that the country will implement the 13th amendment of its Constitution. The amendment has been long pending, and the Tamil National Alliance, a political party of the Tamil people, a minority located largely in the Northern Province, has demanded that it […]

Burundi: New Land Law Raises Controversy

(Jan. 27, 2014) Burundi recently issued a decree on the structure of the National Commission on Land and Other Assets (CNTB), increasing its authority; the move has been criticized by members of one political party and by outside organizations. Those opposing it have said it is unconstitutional and in violation of the 2000 Arusha Accord […]

Sweden: Country Police’s Roma Database Deemed Illegal

(Nov. 19, 2013) The Swedish Commission on Security and Integrity Protection (ISN) has found the compilation of a digital database of individuals with Roma background to be illegal. (Press Release, ISN, Nämnden kritiserar polismyndigheten i Skånes behandling av personuppgifter i uppgiftssamlingen “Kringresande” [Commission Criticizes the Skåne County Police for Its Use of Personal Information in […]

Israel: Commemoration of the Ethiopian Jewish Heritage

(Apr. 23, 2012) On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Center of Ethiopian Jewish Heritage Law, 5762-2012 (the Law). According to the Law, the Center will include a research institute as well as an archive. The Center will collect and document research activities on Ethiopian Jewish Heritage, among other activities. It will […]