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Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] United Nations child rights experts on Monday praised [press release] the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure [text, PDF], which grants children access to international human rights protections by allowing minors to complain directly to the UN Committee on … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Mar 2014
by Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Stephanie Kogut

JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom describes the motivation behind Religious Freedom Restoration Acts and the impact Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's veto of SB 1062 could have on the residents of Arizona...Suppose members of the white-supremacist Aryan Nation Church decide to hold a rally where they … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] that a legal instrument, which grants children access to international human rights protections, will go into effect in April. The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child … [read more]

Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] An Israeli Rabbinical Court [official website] has ordered a woman to circumcise her son against her will or face daily fines. The ruling was issued [Telegraph report] by a three-rabbi panel after the boy's parents filed for divorce, and the father insisted on circumcision and the mother opposed. The … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A UN independent rights expert on Friday called on the Benin government to better protect the rights of children after a visit to the country reportedly revealed widespread abuse and exploitation. UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Najat Maalla M'jid reported [press … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Sweden's Ombudsman for Children [official website] Fredrik Malmberg called for the country to ban infant male circumcision [Dagens Nyheter op-ed, in Swedish] on Saturday, claiming the practice violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [text]. In his editorial, Malmberg stated:There is no health-related basis for circumcising … [read more]

Legal News
13 Dec 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The German Parliament [official website, in German] on Wednesday approved a bill that explicitly permits male infant circumcision [JURIST news archive]. The law comes in response to a Cologne state court [official website, in German] ruling [JURIST report] that circumcision of minors even for religious reasons is prohibited because … [read more]

Legal News
30 Nov 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] UN officials urged [UN News Centre report] countries on Wednesday to implement national policies that will end violence against women after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke [statement] at an event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Ban stressed the importance of countries adopting national legislation … [read more]

Legal News
28 Nov 2012
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] The Third Committee [official website] of the UN General Assembly on Monday approved a resolution [press release] calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation (FGM). The committee's resolution calls on the UN's 193 member countries to enact and enforce legislation to protect women and girls from female … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The German Cabinet [official website] on Wednesday approved a draft law that would legalize circumcisions [JURIST news archive]. The law comes in response to a Cologne state court [official website, in German] ruling [JURIST report] that circumcision of minors for religious reasons is prohibited. Though the court's judgment was … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The German Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ) [official website, in German] on Tuesday outlined a plan to legalize circumcisions [JURIST news archive] of infant boys after a controversial ruling banning the practice was handed down earlier this year. The Cologne state court [official website, in German] ruled in June … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A German state official clarified [press release, in German] Wednesday that circumcision [JURIST news archive] for religious reasons is legal in Berlin. State justice minister Thomas Heilmann [official profile, in German] stated that circumcision would be legal if (1) parents consent to such procedure in writing after they were … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Australian state of Tasmania moved closer to passing a ban on circumcision [NIH backgrounder] after the Tasmania Law Reform Institute (TLRI) [official website] issued a report [text, PDF] on Tuesday recommending that the state ban circumcision except for well-established religious and ethnic reasons. In the report, the TLRI … [read more]

Legal News
10 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday heard arguments in the challenge brought by a Mississippi church against a municipal ordinance that bans churches from the city's town square. The Opulent Life Church [official website], a Southern Baptist congregation of 18 members, sought … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Monday released its annual International Religious Freedom Report [materials] documenting threats to religious freedom throughout the world. The report documents current international threats to religious freedom—particularly laws that punish religious traditions and blasphemy laws that are often used to punish … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Bundestag [official website, in German], the lower house of the German parliament, is expected to vote on a bill [text, PDF, in German] that would protect religious circumcision [JURIST news archive] in Germany. The session came a week after the German government announced [JURIST report] its plan to … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The German government on Friday announced that it will act swiftly to lift criminal sanctions imposed on circumcision [JURIST news archive]. Spokesperson for Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website, in German], Steffen Seibert, said that without adequate protections for the practice of circumcision, Jewish and Muslim communities would not be … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A German court ruled [press release, in German] Tuesday that circumcising young boys based on religious traditions is prohibited even if the parents consent to the procedure. The Cologne state court [official website, in German] addressed the issue of whether to criminalize the circumcision of Muslim and Jewish children … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Sunday announced that he has signed into law [press release] a bill that will prevent local governments from banning male circumcision. The legislation, AB 768 [text, PDF], "preclude[s] a city, county, or city and county ordinance, regulation, or administrative action from prohibiting … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] A judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco [official website] ruled in Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco v. Arntz [materials] on Thursday that a San Francisco public referendum to ban circumcision cannot appear on the ballot in November. The Male Genital Mutilitation bill [text] would have … [read more]

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