March 21, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica announced on Thursday that his country has agreed with US President Barack Obama to take five inmates at Guantanamo Bay, reportedly stating that they would be "welcome to work and stay with their families in Uruguay." Obama is attempting to live up to his promise ...[read more]
December 25, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has signed into law a controversial plan to oversee the production and sale of marijuana in Uruguay. The Uruguayan Senate passed the measure to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana earlier this month. The bill makes Uruguay the first country to ...[read more]
December 11, 2013
by Taylor Gillan
Uruguay's Senate on Tuesday passed a measure to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. The bill, if signed into law by President Jose Mujica, will make Uruguay the first country in the world to have a system that regulates marijuana production, sale and consumption. The bill, ...[read more]
August 1, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The lower house of the Uruguayan Congress on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow the national government to take charge of production and distribution of legal marijuana. The legislation passed by a vote of 50-46 but still has to be approved by the Senate in order to become effective. ...[read more]
May 26, 2013
by Addison Morris
Col. Alberto Julio Candiotti, a former Argentinian military officer who was wanted for crimes committed during the country's 1976-1983 "Dirty War", was arrested Thursday in Montevideo, Uruguay. Information for the whereabouts of the 68-year-old, who was residing in the city with his wife, was ...[read more]
May 16, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Brazil's National Council of Justice on Tuesday ruled that notaries public cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in Brazil. The decision follows legislation in Argentina and Uruguay, which both legalized same-sex marriage in recent years. ...[read more]
April 11, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Uruguay's House of Representatives gave final approval on Thursday of the Marriage Equality Law, which allows same-sex couples to marry. Uruguay's Senate approved the bill last week. The bill passed the lower house of congress with 71 of 92 lawmakers voting in favor, despite strong opposition ...[read more]
April 3, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Uruguay's Senate on Tuesday voted 23-8 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The bill creates one law covering marriage for both heterosexual and homosexual couples. It allows couples decide whose surname goes first when naming children; clarifies rules for adoption and in-vitro fertilization... ...[read more]
March 13, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On March 13, 2012, the Supreme Court of Argentina unanimously ruled that a rape victim cannot be prosecuted for seeking an abortion. The decision came on the heels of a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that criticized the lack of access to safe abortions in Argentina. Much like the rest of the ...[read more]
February 23, 2013
by Max Slater
The Uruguay Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a 2011 law allowing for investigations into crimes committed during the country's 1973-1985 dictatorship is unconstitutional. Uruguay's legislature passed the law in 2011, allowing the government to investigate human rights violations that occurred ...[read more]

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