Amnesty International v Ahmed - the basic question in a direct discrimination case is what is the “ground” for the treatment complained of?

In a case of direct race discrimination, motive is irrelevant. The question is what is, or are, the “ground” or “grounds” for the treatment complained of?  So Amnesty's refusal to appoint  a Sudanese to a particular post for good reasons (safety and avoiding the risk of compromising outsiders' perception of its impartiality) was no defence to a direct discrimination claim. 

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