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France court allows women to adopt same-sex spouses' children
April 16, 2015
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....... [more]

UN rights expert lauds Belgium anti-slavery framework
February 28, 2015
UN Special Rapporteur Urmila Bhoola on Thursday lauded Belgium's multi-disciplinary approach to combating modern slavery but encouraged the country to adopt stronger measures to raise public awareness of the problem and increase regulatory focus on proper victim detection and identification. In part....... [more]

Belgium court sentences Islamist leader on terrorism charges
February 11, 2015
A Belgian court on Wednesday declared a radical Islamist group a terrorist organization, sentencing its leader to 12 years in prison. The group, known as Sharia4Belgium, has allegedly been recruiting young individuals to join their terrorist organization and fight in Syria. The court determined the....... [more]

Amnesty: Belgium mining company lied, destroyed homes in DRC
November 25, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) revealed new evidence Monday indicating a Belgian mining company, Groupe Forest International, lied about bulldozing homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The homes were destroyed during a 2009 police operation to clear the area of small-scale miners who were a....... [more]

Recent Arrest May Encourage Judicial Reforms in Africa
October 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses some of the possible implications of the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. Sh....... [more]

Belgium murderer granted right to be euthanized
September 16, 2014
A Belgian man serving a life sentence was granted the right to be euthanized on Monday. Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the last 30 years in prison on convictions of rape and murder, has continuously requested that he be allowed to end his life. Bleeken argued that he could never be set free du....... [more]

Dutch police arrest Balkans war crimes suspect
March 30, 2014
The Dutch public prosecutor announced on Friday that police have arrested a man suspected of war crimes during the 1990s Yugoslav wars after a request for his extradition from Croatia. Milutin Graic, 41, was living in Roosendaal, near the Netherlands' border with Belgium. Graic is accused of being a....... [more]

Belgium Parliament votes to extend euthanasia law to terminally ill minors
February 14, 2014
The lower house of Belgian Parliament gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would extend the country's euthanasia law to certain cases of terminally ill minors. The legislation, approved by a vote of 86 to 44 with 12 abstentions, would extend a 2002 law that allows euthanasia for terminall....... [more]

Belgium senate votes to extend euthanasia law to terminally ill minors
December 13, 2013
The Belgian Senate voted Thursday to allow euthanasia for terminally ill minors. The legislation would extend a 2002 law that allows euthanasia for terminally ill adults to minors with "constant and unbearable physical suffering" and equipped "with a capacity of discernment." The law requires that t....... [more]

Belgium approves bill allowing minors to request euthanasia
November 28, 2013
The Belgian Senate committee on Wednesday voted in favor of passing a controversial bill that aims to extend the right to request euthanasia to children with terminal illnesses and adults with dementia. Although still not yet a law, the bill cleared the committee in a 13-4 vote, according to Senate....... [more]

Belgium authorities arrest accused Somali pirate leader
October 14, 2013
Belgian authorities announced on Monday that suspected Somali pirate leader Mohammed Abdi Hassan was detained by authorities at the Brussels Airport on Saturday. Thought to be responsible for numerous vessel hijackings, Belgian prosecutors have been seeking Abdi Hassan, also known as "Big Mouth," fo....... [more]


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