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Israel: Labor Court Orders Compensation for Age-Based Discrimination

(Sept. 7, 2016) On August 21, 2016, the Regional Labor Court in Tel Aviv Yafo accepted a suit for compensation for unlawful dismissal of an employee in violation of the prohibition on age discrimination under Israel’s Equal Opportunities in Labor Law (EOL Law), 5748-1988. (Sefer HaHukim [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] No. 1240 p. […]

Japan: New Act Targets Hate Speech Against Persons from Outside Japan

(Aug. 31, 2016) In Japan, “hate speech” against people with a specific ethnic origin has become a social issue. (Summary of Press Conference by Minister of Justice After Cabinet Meeting (Jan. 16, 2015), Ministry of Justice (MOJ) (in Japanese).)  The MOJ released a report on hate speech in March 2016 that stated that there were […]

Australia: State Legislation to Remove Barriers to Changing Sex on Birth Certificate

(Aug. 22, 2016) On August 18, 2016, the Attorney-General of the Australian State of Victoria introduced the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2016 in the state parliament.  The bill “removes the need for applicants to have undergone sex affirmation surgery before being able to apply for a new birth certificate.”  (Press Release, Martin […]

Belize: Anti-Homosexuality Legal Provision Struck Down for First Time in Caribbean

(Aug. 19, 2016) On August 10, 2016, the Supreme Court of Belize declared unconstitutional the country’s legal provision banning sodomy. (Jaclyn Belczyk, Belize Top Court Strikes Down Anti-Homosexuality Law, PAPER CHASE (Aug. 11, 2016); Adele Ramos, “Sex” Redefined 20 Years Ago, and Belizeans Didn’t Know It!, AMANDALA(Aug. 17, 2016).) In Caleb Orozco v. The Attorney […]

India: Maharashtra Passes Legislation Against Social Boycott

(Apr. 28, 2016) On April 13, 2016, the state legislature of Maharashtra passed the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016. (Betwa Sharma, Maharashtra’s New Law Against Social Boycott Could Spark A Renaissance, Say Activists, HUFFINGTON POST (Apr. 14, 2016).) The legislation prohibits the social boycott of individuals or […]

United Nations: Rights Expert Reports on Problems of Albinos

(Apr. 1, 2016) The United Nation’s first independent expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, who was appointed in June 2015, has submitted her initial report to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The report describes increasing violence against those with albinism, who are reportedly hunted, murdered, and dismembered for […]

Italy: Legislation Concerning Gender Equality on Regional Councils

(Mar. 11, 2016) On February 26, 2016, the Italian Parliament passed Law No. 20 of 2016 on equal access for men and women to candidacies for the elections to regional councils. (Law No. 20 of February 15, 2016, Amending Article 4 of Law No. 165 of July 2, 2004, on Provisions Aimed at Guaranteeing Representational […]

Indonesia: Political Party Proposes Anti-LGBT Law

(Mar. 9, 2016) One Indonesian political party, the People’s Conscience Party (Partai Hati Nurani Rakyat, known by the shortened name Hanura) has proposed that the country enact a law curtailing the rights of homosexual, bisexual, and transgendered people. (Viriya Paramita Singgih, Hanura Calls for Law Against LGBT People, JAKARTA POST (Mar. 5, 2016).)  Homosexuality is […]

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 […]