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Legal News
5 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Kenya and other African countries to provide for the equal treatment of gay and lesbian people at a press conference [statement, video] with the president of Kenya, Uhuru [official website]. The Obama Administration [official website] has said it is committed to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A group of UN rights experts on Thursday called [press release] for the UN Security Council [official website] to take action to prevent an escalation of violence in Burundi ahead of presidential elections. Groups in the country are clashing over President Pierre Nkurunziza's [BBC profile] decision to seek a … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Ugandan police on Thursday arrested two presidential candidates planning on challenging current President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile]. Former Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi [official website], who had announced [BBC report] his intention to run for president last month and was arrested [New Vision report] while campaigning for a presidential … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Mexico's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] has declared it unconstitutional for Mexican states to ban same-sex marriages. The court's June 3 ruling, made public this week, is considered a "jurisprudential thesis" [AP report] and does not invalidate any state laws making it necessary for same-sex couples to seek … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Greece's Ministry of Justice [official website, in Greek] on Wednesday unveiled plans to introduce legislation [materials, in Greek] giving civil union rights to same-sex [JURIST backgrounder] couples. This marks the first time in the country's history that such legislation will be introduced. The bill will give rights to go … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Parliament of Greenland [official website] voted Wednesday to enact laws that will legalize same-sex marriage and allow for same-sex couples to participate in adoption. The new marriage law, which passed with unanimous support, reforms previous legislation enacted in 1989 that allowed [LifeSiteNews report] for same-sex "civil partnerships." The … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] On Saturday Ireland became the first country to legalize [USA Today] same-sex marriage by national referendum. The results showed that 62.1% of voters were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The traditionally conservative Catholic country surprised the international community and moved from criminalizing homosexuality to embracing same-sex marriage rights … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) [TRAC backgrounder] committed "grave violations of international humanitarian law" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of 2014, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. The report claims that the … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Burundi authorities arrested political opposition leader Audifax Ndabitoreye on Wednesday shortly after he met with East African Community (EAC) [official website] ministers in the capital city of Bujumbura. Ndabitoreye was arrested for insurrection [Guardian report], and the police displayed an arrest warrant to journalists as he was taken into … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A French court on Thursday permitted four lesbian women to adopt their wives' children born in foreign countries through artificial insemination. France has legalized same-sex marriage and adoption, but only heterosexual couples are authorized to have medically assisted fertilization. In April 2014 a lower Versailles court ruled that a … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee was arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder of Ugandan Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi last month. Ugandan citizen Jamal Kiyemba was apprehended [VICE news report] along with three others in the Ugandan Capital of Kampala by a joint operation of … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Tokyo district assembly became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships on Tuesday. The measure, passed by Tokyo's Shibuya ward [official website], will become effective [Reuters report] April 1, when Shibuya will begin issuing partnership papers that allow couples to rent apartments together and grant hospital … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Singapore [official website] fined blogger Alex Au of the website Yawning Bread [website] 8,000 Singapore dollars (USD $5,845) on Thursday for contempt of court. Au faces charges over comments he made in 2013 concerning the timing of two cases involving sexual acts between same-sex individuals. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Friday requested a three-month extension to gather evidence to confirm charges against Dominic Ongwen [BBC profile]. The former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [State Department backgrounder] commander made his first appearance [JURIST report] before the ICC at the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Uganda's attorney general on Monday assured the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] that the government will cooperate in the trial of rebel commander Dominic Ongwen [BBC profile]. The former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [State Department backgrounder] commander made his first appearance [JURIST report] before the ICC last week. … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Chilean lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation will now go to President Michelle Bachelet next, who is expected to sign it. The bill's passage will give same-sex couples many of the rights granted to married couples, such … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] France's highest court [official website, in French] ruled Wednesday that a same-sex French-Moroccan couple may legally marry [press release, in French]. Although Morocco refuses to recognize marriage between two men, France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. The case was originally brought [AP report] after a French city hall refused … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [State Department backgrounder] commander Dominic Ongwen on Monday made his first appearance [press release] before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The pre-trial hearing was brief as Ongwen simply had to confirm his identity and that he clearly understood the charges against him. … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia voted Tuesday [EU Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights report] to ban same-sex marriage by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The law defines marriage as "a life union solely of one woman and one man" and further … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday urged renewed efforts [press release] to arrest militia leader and accused war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The statement came after the announcement of the ICC taking legal custody [JURIST report] of former … [read more]

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