Supreme Court to use racial quotas to recruit for office

Blacks and browns will be entitled to 20% of the seats for positions

Published in 19/03/2015 - 12:47 By Aline Leal reports from Agência Brasil - Brasília

Presidente do STF, ministro Ricardo Lewandowski, assina resolução que institui a reserva de 20% das vagas para negros nos concursos públicos para provimento de cargos efetivos na Corte e no CNJ (José Cruz/Agência Brasil)

“I think this is a model that should be extended to other courts", said Ricardo LewandowskJosé Cruz/Agência Brasil

The Federal Supreme Court (STF) and the National Council of Justice (CNJ) will set aside 20% of their seats for black and mixed-race candidates in future recruitment exams. (In Brazil, candidates for public office and civil service other than those elected or politically appointed are recruited through competitive written and sometimes oral or hands-on examinations known as concursos públicos.) The quotas will apply to positions offering three or more openings and will be targeted towards candidates that identify themselves as black or mixed race in their application forms, based on the color/race criteria used by the IBGE, the national census bureau.

Chief STF Justice Ricardo Lewandowski says CNJ will meet soon to discuss extending the quota-based affirmative action policy to other recruitment examinations for public office across the Judiciary branch. “I think this is a model that should be extended to other courts. I'm confident that this House will be sensible enough as to acknowledge this serious problem of racial segregation, this racial divide that still persists in our country today,” he said.


Translated by Mayra Borges


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