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Affirmative Action versus Equality in Malaysia

Affirmative Action versus Equality in Malaysia

By Dr Dimitrina Petrova The Bumiputera (Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak) continue to benefit from decades-old affirmative action policies that have outlived their legitimacy. Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, ...
Hits and Misses in Proposed Australian Anti-Discrimination Law

Hits and Misses in Proposed Australian Anti-Discrimination Law

By Dominique Allen On November 20, 2012 the Australian government released its long-awaited Bill which combines the five federal anti-discrimination Acts into one streamlined Act and improves existing protections. The Bill is the ...
OSCE Special Representative Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on the Role of Discrimination in Human Trafficking

OSCE Special Representative Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on the Role of Discrimination in Human Trafficking

By Maria Grazia Giammarinaro Human trafficking is a gross violation of human rights that occurs on a massive scale as vulnerable groups such as migrant workers are exploited by criminal groups. According to 2012 estimates by the ...
Legal Aid in India: The Need for Strong Laws and High Minds

Legal Aid in India: The Need for Strong Laws and High Minds

By Persis Sidhva The Indian legal system has been ineffective in promoting a pro bono culture. The Legal Services Authorities Act 1987 provides for free legal services to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, women and children ...
Studying Human Rights, Law and Practice

Studying Human Rights, Law and Practice

By Laurence Lustgarten After a busy two weeks on the blog,  Laurence Lustgarten asks us to step back and reflect on the study of human rights. ‘Human rights’ is a subject that increasingly attracts many public-spirited students ...
April Fools: The Quiet Demolition of Legal Aid

April Fools: The Quiet Demolition of Legal Aid

By Jo Renshaw Following the celebration of National Pro Bono Week in the UK last week, Jo Renshaw, Partner and Head of the Immigration Team at Turpin & Miller LLP, reflects on the impact of the impending cuts to legal aid in ...
Decriminalizing Adultery: Eliminating Discrimination and Violence against Women

Decriminalizing Adultery: Eliminating Discrimination and Violence against Women

By Frances Raday The UN Working Group (WG) on discrimination against women in law and practice has issued a call to Governments to repeal laws criminalizing adultery. The WG notes that the enforcement of such laws leads to ...
Pay Equality: When is there a right to claim?

Pay Equality: When is there a right to claim?

By Betsan Criddle The important decision of the Supreme Court in Birmingham City Council v Abdulla establishes that a claimant who is out of time to pursue an equal pay claim in the Employment Tribunal (“ET”) may issue a claim in ...
Spot the Differences: How Broad Can Commercial Speech Be?

Spot the Differences: How Broad Can Commercial Speech Be?

By Ilias Trispiotis In the aftermath of ‘the Innocence of Muslims’ turmoil, questions of whether and to what extent state authorities may regulate speech when it upsets public morals or religious beliefs have again come to the ...
Conflict minerals disclosure and the role of corporations in the protection of human rights

Conflict minerals disclosure and the role of corporations in the protection of human rights

By Katie Allan and Kate Mitchell The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken a significant and tangible step in establishing corporate responsibility for human rights protection in conflict zones through the adoption ...
Stigma and Stereotyping of Asylum Seekers: Is this the Australia We Want?

Stigma and Stereotyping of Asylum Seekers: Is this the Australia We Want?

Continuing with our Australian asylum seeker theme this week, the Oxford Human Rights Blog is delighted to welcome Australian writer, comedian, social commentator and participant from the SBS programme Go Back to Where You Came ...
Sex Workers Have Human Rights Too

Sex Workers Have Human Rights Too

By Stacey-Leigh Manoek and Gcobisa Silwana South African law criminalises sex work. In terms of the law both the sex worker and the client commit offences, yet it is sex workers who bear the consequences of this criminal ...