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1 day ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

Colombia's Constitutional Court [official website, Spanish] on Monday revoked the mining licenses of all 347 private mining companies that had previously been granted approval to develop the ecologically endangered Colombian Andes. The resolution contradicts [Colombiareports article] part of the National Development Plan organized by the National Planning Department [official website, … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday vacated [opinion, pdf] a district court ruling that had upheld a Maryland law banning high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles. The lower court had granted summary judgment in favor of Maryland on the plaintiffs' Second Amendment claims attacking the law's … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] agreed Tuesday to review its 2013 decision reinstating [JURIST report] an 1861 law prohibiting sex between consenting adults of the same sex. The law, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, was passed during the British colonial era and calls for a … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] struck down [press release, in Spanish] language in a Jalisco state law on Tuesday defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. The ruling effectively ends the same-sex marriage ban in one of the largest states in the country … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

United Nations [official website] rights experts on Monday asked [UN report] Pakistani officials to stop construction work on a new metro line in Lahore, Pakistan due to concern that it has led to numerous people being forcibly evicted and that it has resulted in damage to historical and cultural heritage … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Monday unanimously approved a resolution [text] authorizing the creation of political peace mission in Colombia to monitor the disarmament between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC). The mission is to last 12 months, and a team … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday enacted [El Colombiano report, in Spanish] the Natalia Ponce Law, establishing acid attacks as a specific crime with harsh punishments. The punishments under the new law between 12 to 20 years in prison for a "simple" attack and between 20 to 30 years … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] issued a letter [text, PDF] Tuesday to the Indian Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment [official website], urging it to strengthen provisions of the 2015 Rights of Transgender Persons Bill [text, PDF]. In the letter, dated last week, HRW South Asia Director Meenakshi … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A court in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, on Wednesday agreed to hear China's first legal challenge over a refusal to issue same-sex marriage applications. A 26-year-old man filed a case [Telegraph report] against a civil affairs bureau for refusing to grant a marriage application to him and … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Tuesday announced [remarks] executive actions on gun control [WH fact sheet]. The plan would require those in the business of selling firearms, including those selling firearms at gun shows, to be licensed and conduct background checks, thus closing the infamous "gun show … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday signed a decree fully legalizing medical marijuana [press release, in Spanish] in the country. Santos said the new regulations, which make it legal to grow, process, import and export marijuana for medical and scientific use, would put Colombia "at the forefront in the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Colombia's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] exonerated a retired army colonel on Wednesday who had been found guilty of the forced disappearances of two people he escorted away from the 1985 Palace of Justice Siege, ordering the colonel's immediate release [BBC report, in Spanish]. Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday vacated [text, PDF] a lower court ruling that found that a DC gun law requiring a concealed carry permit outside of the home may violate the Constitution. The appeals court found that the judge who … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Armenian Electoral Commission [official website, Armenian] on Monday announced [Asbarez report] that Armenia's constitution will be amended as a result of Sunday's referendum. However, opposition MP's and independent European observers have alleged serious irregularities [BBC report] in the voting process, stating that fraud was a possibility. MP's from … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday pardoned [press release, in Spanish] 30 former guerrilla soldiers in jail for non-violent crimes. Yesid Alvarado Reyes [official website, in Spanish], Colombian Minister of Justice and Law, explained that members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Following significant criticism, Utah Juvenile Court judge Scott Johansen [official profile] on Friday amended [order] an earlier ruling to allow a same-sex couple to remain foster parents. Johansen had initially ruled against married women April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce on Tuesday, writing in his order, "[t]he Court orders the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN human rights expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expressed [press release] concern Thursday about the situation faced by the indigenous people of Honduras, specifically in connection with their land and natural resource rights, their lack of access to justice, education and health, and the general environment of violence and impunity affecting their … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Constitutional Court of Colombia [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday ruled [decision, in Spanish] that same-sex couples can legally adopt children. In a 6-2 decision, the court said that allowing same-sex couples to form a family upholds equality and is in the best interest of children and teens. The … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

The Colombian government should prioritize the rights of indigenous and Afro-descendant communities above corporate interests, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] Wednesday. According to AI, the armed conflict in the country has caused members of these communities and peasant farmers to lose their lands, resulting … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Guiena's Constitutional Court on Saturday validated the reelection of President Alpha Conde [BBC profile] amid allegations of fraud and rigging. Conde won the election, which took place on October 11, by a majority vote of 57.84 percent, giving him a second five-year term in office. Opposition leaders and candidates, … [read more]

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