Supreme Court Declines to Hear Affirmative Action Case in Firefighting
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of white firefighters who claimed reverse discrimination in a Chicago lawsuit on Monday. The plaintiffs claim that white firefighters were overlooked for promotions due to an affirmative action program intended to increase the numbers of blacks and Hispanics in higher-level jobs within the Chicago Fire Department. The city’s legal representatives argued that the effects of past discrimination have not been erased, permitting the race-based promotion practices. Chicago is only one of several major cities with low levels of minorities in fire departments. Sixty-two percent of Chicago’s population is either African-American or Latino, while only 29 percent of the firefighters are representative of these racial and ethnic categories.
Media Resources: The Nando Times, 10/30/01; 2000 Census; NYC Equal Employment Practices Commission
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .