Archive for the ‘Europe’ Category

Netherlands: The Dutch Blackface and the Growing Backlash

Traditionally, around Christmastime, Dutch adults and children have donned frilly wigs, red lips, and blackface make-up as an ode to Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete, the companion of Saint Nicholas.

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UK: Judge Suing Ministry of Justice for Race Discrimination

Peter Herbert is suing the Ministry of Justice for racial discrimination following a recommendation that he be given a written warning over remarks he made.

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UK: Parliament Member Urges Increased Trade in Africa

Chuka Umunna, a member of Parliament since 2010 and Shadow Business Secretary since 2011, has indicated plans to increase trade with Africa in the future.

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U.K.: BSN 2012 Diversity League Table Published

The 2012 BSN Diversity League Table has shown that there is still a large drop off in female representation between law firms’ junior and senior ranks.

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UK: A Diverse Judiciary Increases Confidence in the Justice System

The UK’s House of Lords Constitution Committee published its report on Judicial Appointments and concluded that a more diverse judiciary would improve public trust and confidence in the justice system.

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The Netherlands: The Darker Side of Christmas

Several activists were arrested for protesting at a Dutch Christmas celebration. They alleged that Zwarte Piet, a beloved Santa’s-helper folk character in the Netherlands, is racist.

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U.K.: Linkslaters Lawyer Awarded BSN Honor

Linklaters capital markets lawyer Paulette Mastin was named Diversity Champion 2011 at the Black Solicitors Network’s (BSN) UK Diversity Legal Awards.

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Video | U.K.: London Struggles to Control Riots

A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s race riots.

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U.K. Profile: Black Lawyers Directory

BLD, also known as the Black Lawyers Directory, was launched in the U.K. in 2006. BLD highlights, promotes and champions diversity within the legal profession in England and Wales.

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Video | Slovenia: The Obama of Piran – A New Slovenian Mayor

Voters in the Slovenian town of Piran have elected the country’s first black mayor. Nicknamed “The Obama of Piran”, Peter Bossman is a doctor who was born in Ghana and settled in Slovenia over three decades ago.

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