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Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] sent Moroccan officials a letter [text] Monday claiming that a draft framework law before the country's parliament [official website] is in conflict with obligations to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [text]. Although the draft framework law seeks to protect the … [read more]

Legal News
11 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that the Government of Paraguy "failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence" [press release] towards a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant. According to the experts, the girl has not been given treatments that could "save … [read more]

Legal News
18 Dec 2014
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that morbid obesity can be considered a disability under the Equal Treatment in Employment Directive [text] if the employee is prevented from fully participating in professional life because of his or her weight. The case arose from … [read more]

Legal News
15 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Monday celebrated [press release] the 150th ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [official website; text] as Guyana became the latest country ratify the document. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, on behalf … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Guyana's acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled Friday that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only when done for improper purposes such as prostitution, but that people cannot be arrested for cross-dressing to express their personal gender identity or sexual orientation. The judge was interpreting a law [AP report] from … [read more]

Legal News
24 Oct 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Uruguay President Jose Mujica [official profile, in Spanish] on Tuesday signed a bill [text, in Spanish] legalizing abortion. The bill provides no restrictions on abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. After the first 12 weeks it provides that women must go before a medical panel and go … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2011
by LaToya Sawyer

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Thursday sentenced Russell Defreitas, a Guyanese airport cargo handler, to life in prison [FBI press release] for conspiring to commit terrorist attacks on John F International Kennedy Airport (JFK) [official website]. Defreitas … [read more]

Legal News
16 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday sentenced former Guyana parliament member Abdul Kadir to life in prison [FBI press release] for plotting to blow up John F Kennedy International Airport [official website]. Kadir and coconspirator Russell Defreitas, … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A Trinidad court Monday ordered the extradition of three terrorist suspects to the United States for their alleged role in a terrorist bomb plot targeting John F. Kennedy International Airport [official website]. The three suspects - Trinidad national Kareem Ibrahim, and Guyana nationals Abdul Kadir and Abdel Nur - … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Federal authorities arrested three men Saturday and are still searching for a fourth after foiling a terrorist plot to bomb John F. Kennedy International Airport [official website]. The complaint [PDF text] charging the four men claims the plot was intended to "cause greater destruction than in the Sept. 11 … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The Barbados government [official website] on Tuesday asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) [official website] to overturn a legal precedent that blocks capital punishment in an effort to impose the death penalty on two convicted murderers. Jeffrey Joseph and Lennox Boyd were both sentenced to death by hanging … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2004
by D. Wes Rist

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for the creation of a new list of terrorist individuals and entities. The proposed list would be separate from the current list created under Resolution 1267 and maintained by the Al Qaeda and … [read more]

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