In the hangover following Kyrgyzstan’s interethnic violence of 2010, the Uzbek minority still smarts from persecution.
  • While prominent Uzbek activists remain imprisoned from the period, few ethnic Kyrgyz have been prosecuted for their role in the violence that left more than 400 dead and 80,000 displaced.
  • The government has been largely silent on ethnic segregation and discrimination, believing silence to be the road to reconciliation.
  • Concern persists that political leaders will use nationalistic, anti-Uzbek sentiment to drum up support ahead of elections.

“The problem is not just residential segmentation, it is also cultural: apart from the bazaar, there are few inter-communal links between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks.”

More on this story at EurasiaNet.

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Officials report 8 of the 10 alleged attackers of Malala Yousafzai have been freed.
  • A Regional Police Officer and a spokesperson for the Pakistani High Commission in London support claims reported in the Daily Mirror, indicating that only two of the convicted attackers will now be serving life sentences because of lack of evidence against
  • The abrupt turnaround has drawn suspicion that the initial reports of ten convictions were an attempt to divert media attention away from the results of the case.
  • The trial was closed to the public, allowing for claims of misreporting of the judge’s actual ruling back in April.

More on this story at The Express Tribune.

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The Football League, one of England and Wales’ major association football leagues, looks to implement new management diversity initiative.
  • League Chairman Greg Clarke has worked with clubs and managers on reforming the recruitment process to be more inclusive of black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates.
  • Proposals such as a requirement to interview at least one BAME candidate where an application is received mirror the U.S. National Football League’s Rooney Rule.
  • Of the 72 current club managers, only six are are minorities.

“It is our hope that this moment of enlightenment might stir some into adopting best practices in recruitment, appointment and retention to achieve equality and diversity outcomes. Professional football clubs should reflect the demography of their location and the aspirations of the communities surrounding their existence.”

More on this story at The Guardian.

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U.K. High Court rules the delay in disability payments by the Work and Pensions Secretary “unlawful and unacceptable.”
  • Two unnamed claimants filed suit claiming delays in personal independence payments (PIPS) breached common law and human rights.
  • The Court ruled against the human rights claim.
  • Recent figures suggest 78,700 claims await processing to determine eligibility for PIPS.

More on this story at the International Business Times.

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#MyFriend campaign shows interfaith friendships in Myanmar, currently an international spectacle because of its persecution of Rohingya Muslims.
  • Hate speech and harassment online have created hostile conditions for many religious minorities in Myanmar.
  • Launched in April, the selfie Facebook campaign hopes to provide a counternarrative to prevailing discriminatory attitudes.

More on this story at Global Voices.

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New York City Department of Education announces $5.55 million initiative to fit schools with door alarms to prevent wandering by students with disabilities.
  • The funds will support the installation of 21,000 devices in more than 1,200 school buildings in the nation’s largest school district.
  • The move comes following the tragedy of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, a nonverbal, autistic boy who wandered away from school and was found dead in the East River three months later.

“These notification systems will give school officials important new tools to further our commitment to ensure safe communities.”

More on this story at Disability Scoop.

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U.S. Supreme Court rules Muslim woman can pursue discrimination claim against Abercrombie & Fitch for being denied job because of religious headscarf.
  • The ruling was 8-1 in rejection of the notion that companies can shield themselves from discrimination claims through neutrally applied, one-size-fits-all policies.
  • The claim sparking the judgment came from Samantha Elauf, who in 2008 was turned down for a job at an Abercrombie Kids store due to the company’s policy banning headwear.
  • Shifting the responsibility onto employers for discussing accommodations, the judgment clarifies that applicants do not have to disclose their religious affiliation in order for a necessary, reconciliatory conversation about accommodations to begin with applicants.

More on this story from Reuters.

A Brazilian TV network agrees to broadcast religious freedom PSA following host’s anti-atheist comments.
  • Federal prosecutors took action after the incident in 2010, when host Jose Luiz Datena made the disparaging remarks suggesting atheists are more likely to commit crimes.
  • The Rede Bandeirantes network will run the piece on religious freedom 72 times until November.
  • Brazil’s constitution guarantees religious freedoms (including, in this case, freedom from religion), and intolerant speech can lead to fines or prison sentences for violators.

More on this story at BBC.

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As Japan expects to lower the voting age from 20 to 18 this month, Japanese youth are ambivalent about the impact.
  • The Lower House has passed the measure, signaling the start of a legislative change that would be the first in 70 years to alter the minimum voting age and would enfranchise 2.4 million 18- and 19-year-olds.
  • While some Japanese teens welcome the empowerment in a country that often prioritizes senior rights, others express apathy, resonating with the record-low 32.58% voter turnout among twentysomething voters in the last election.
  • One civics expert calls for educational reforms to prepare the newly enfranchised populace for the decision-making and engagement process voting entails.

“I hope the lowered voting age will encourage more young people to pay attention to politics and make efforts to get their messages across. Only then can Japan turn into a real democracy.”

More on this story at The Japan Times.

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Judge strikes down Guam’s law against same-sex marriage, paving the way for couples to be married beginning next week.
  • Because Guam, a U.S. territory, falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood ruled Guam must follow its 2014 ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans.
  • Governor Eddie Calvo’s defense acknowledged the inevitability of the outcome given the earlier ruling.
  • Plaintiffs Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero hope to be able to file for a marriage license next Tuesday, when Chief Judge Tydingo-Gatewood’s ruling is expected to go in effect.

“It’s a battle we shouldn’t have had to fight…I mean, it’s love and love must win, so we’re just grateful.”

More on this story at Pacific Daily News.

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