September 27, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The first UN ministerial meeting on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals was held Thursday during the General Assembly's annual high-level debate. Representatives from the US, France, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and the ...[read more]
February 14, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
An Oslo City Court on Thursday sentenced a Rwandan man to 21 years for being an accomplice to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. His conviction was specifically related to 2,000 killings during April 1994 to which the defendant, Bugingo, had significant connection. Sadi Bugingo moved to Norway in 1994 ...[read more]
September 25, 2012
by Sarah Posner
A Rwandan businessman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide during Norway's first genocide trial. Sadi Bugingo is accused of taking a lead role in planning and leading attacks against Tutsi civilians who sought refuge in a church and a hospital. The ...[read more]
September 14, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A Norwegian court on Friday upheld a the country's display ban on tobacco products. The law prevents stores from displaying tobacco products or their logos anywhere in a store, requiring the products to be stored in cabinets or otherwise hidden from sight. Philip Morris brought suit against Norway ...[read more]
June 5, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
An Oslo district court on Monday began hearing a suit initiated by tobacco company Philip Morris against Norway for the country's display ban on tobacco products. The company argues that the ban is in violation of the European Economic Area (EEA) rules because it makes competition too difficult. ...[read more]
February 15, 2012
by Max Slater
Mullah Krekar, the founder of the Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group Ansar Al Islam, pleaded not guilty before a Norwegian district court on Wednesday to charges of condoning suicide bombings and making death threats against politicians. The prosecutor in the case, Marit Bakkevig, declared that Krekar, ...[read more]
January 30, 2012
by Sarah Posner
A Norwegian court on Monday convicted two men accused of planning an attack against the Danish newspaper that published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. This is the first conviction under Norway's anti-terror laws. Both defendants, Mikael Davud and Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, were found guilty in ...[read more]
May 17, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On May 17, 2010, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva signed a bill that legalized same-sex marriage in the country. The bill was passed by Parliament and approved by the Constitutional Court prior to Silva's ratification. Although the bill received strong support from the ruling Socialist ...[read more]
April 22, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On April 22, 2010, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) unveiled a draft proposal that would have made limited commercial whaling legal for the first time in 25 years. The proposal reflected a compromise for the countries that engage in whaling despite international laws against it. Japan, ...[read more]
April 1, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On April 1, 2001, the Netherlands became the first jurisdiction in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Since then, the Netherlands has been joined by Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina and Mexico City in legalizing same-sex marriage. In the US, ...[read more]

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