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Czech anti-discrimination bill to be drafted by end of year February 7, 2007

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The government-proposed anti-discrimination bill is to be drafted and politically approved by the end of the year at the latest, Dzamila Stehlikova, Minister without Portfolio for the Greens who is in charge of human rights, told journalists today.The parliament should pass the bill at the beginning of 2008.

“The bill will be drafted by the end of this year, which is the ultimate date, but I hope it will be sooner,” Stehlikova said.

The Czech Republic ought to have passed the legislation against discrimination when it entered the EU in 2004, but the latest bill was vetoed by the Senate last year.

The Chamber of Deputies did not vote about it before the June 2006 elections. As a result, the whole legislative process must start from scratch.

The three-party coalition has included the anti-discrimination law in its manifesto and set the end of the year as the deadline for its drafting in the coalition agreement.



Anti-Christian and Anti-Muslim Discrimination at Pace Law School February 4, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Anti-Christian discrimination, Anti-Muslim discrimination, Card, Christian, Christian Legal Society, Christians, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Islam, Islamic, Muslim, Muslim Law Students’ Association, Muslims, New York Law School, Pace Law School, Pace Law School discrimination, sexual orientation, Stephen J. Friedman, Student Bar Association, White Plains.
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Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, is being asked to reverse its decision to deny recognition to a campus Christian student group. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the school refuses to give the Christian Legal Society chapter official status, even after “remarkable concessions” by the faith-based group.

The Student Bar Association at Pace Law School in White Plains has denied official recognition to the campus chapter of the Christian Legal Society. The move comes despite the fact that the Christian group added “sexual orientation” to a non-discrimination clause in its constitution and opened membership to non-Christians.

Greg Lukianoff is president of the academic freedom and individual rights watchdog group, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He says his organization is calling on Pace officials to recognize the Christian Legal Society, which has, he notes, made “remarkable concessions” in order to conform to the school’s non-discrimination policies.


New employment bill to ban age and ethnic discrimination December 27, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Age Discrimination, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Job, Law, sexual orientation.
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Taiwan – The legislature gave initial approval to a bill outlawing discrimination in the workplace. The bill prohibits discrimination by age, birth place, or sexual orientation.

Labor affairs council official Su Lee-chiong said, “Sexual discrimination has already been dealt with in the gender equality in the workplace law. This year we are including age, because we hope that employers will not limit job opportunities by looking at factors other than work ability. The spirit of this law is to pursue true equality in the workplace.”

Violators may be fined from NT$30,000 to NT$1.5 million (US$1,000 to $5,000). Human resource agencies placing ads with age or other specifications can also be fined. In the past, Taiwan’s employment ads often included requirements for age and gender.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Radio Taiwan International

Bill making discrimination against homosexuals punishable by prison November 24, 2006

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Brazil’s lower house of Congress has passed a bill making discrimination against homosexuals a crime punishable by at least a year in jail, the bill’s sponsor said Friday.

The bill, passed Thursday, makes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation a crime equal to discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender and national origin — which have carried prison sentences since 1989, said Congresswoman Iara Bernardi.

The bill now goes before the Senate, which has not yet set a date to vote.

Betto de Jesus, director of the Sao Paulo-based Brazilian Association of Gays, Lesbians and Transgendered People, said the law would give homosexuals federal protection for the first time.

“We always wanted to have homophobia be considered a crime equal to racism,” he said.


Activists march against discrimination in Romania November 10, 2006

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BUCHAREST, Romania: About 200 activists marched Friday through the downtown of the Romanian capital to protest discrimination based on race, disabilities, gender or sexual orientation.

Participants — including human rights supporters, media freedom activists and anarchists — carried banners reading “All different, all equal.”

They also commemorated victims of Nazi persecution, with marchers stopping at a the site of a monument for Holocaust victims.

“Romania needs to take responsibility for the crimes committed 60 years ago … We don’t see this in history books,” said Razvan Martin, one of the organizers.


Freedom of Speech Based on Race: -First Amendment Affirmative Action July 21, 2006

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For forty years, the United States has lived with a variety of government programs applying preferential treatment based on race or gender or both. These programs have generally been limited to education and public contracting.

Recently, in a 2-1 decision, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision which may provide a foundation for applying preferential treatment to freedom of speech. If allowed to stand, the decision could authorize local governments to set varying limits to free expression, depending on the race, religion, or sexual orientation of the listener.