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Chile lawmakers give final approval for same-sex civil unions
January 29, 2015
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....... [more]

France top court rules same-sex French-Moroccan couple may marry
January 28, 2015
France's highest court ruled Wednesday that a same-sex French-Moroccan couple may legally marry. Although Morocco refuses to recognize marriage between two men, France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. The case was originally brought after a French city hall refused to marry the couple, arguing....... [more]

Turkish court orders Facebook to censor pages insulting Prophet Muhammed
January 26, 2015
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency, Turkey's official press agency, reported that the co....... [more]

France court convicts 3 people for anti-gay Twitter posts
January 23, 2015
A criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on Tuesday for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The offenders received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as "let's burn the gays," and....... [more]

Congo senate amends electoral law to allow 2016 election
January 23, 2015
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Senate on Friday amended the country's electoral law to permit the 2016 presidential election to go forth as scheduled, without the requirement of conducting a census. The change comes after four days of violent nationwide protests resulted in dozens of deaths....... [more]

France top court approves stripping nationality of convicted Franco-Moroccan terrorist
January 23, 2015
France's top court, the Conseil Constitutionnel on Friday upheld a decision from 2013 to strip Franco-Moroccan terrorist Ahmed Sahnouni el-Yaacoubi of his French nationality following a conviction for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Sahnouni, a naturalized citizen since 2003, appealed to the Co....... [more]

UN holds first-ever meeting in response to anti-Semitism
January 22, 2015
The UN General Assembly is holding a daylong informal meeting Thursday devoted to anti-Semitism in response to a global increase in violence against Jews. The meeting was requested by 37 countries in a letter to the General Assembly president in October. The meeting will include a keynote address by....... [more]

HRW: France police abusing asylum seekers in Calais
January 20, 2015
French police are abusing and harassing asylum seekers in the port city of Calais, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. These asylum seekers and migrants are reportedly living in destitution in Calais and have been subjected to "routine abuses by police officers," including "beatings and attac....... [more]

France court upholds ban on anti-Islamist rally
January 18, 2015
The Paris Administrative Tribunal on Saturday upheld a police chief's ban on an "Islamists out of France" rally planned for Sunday. The demonstration, which was organized by two groups: Secular Riposte and Resistance Republicaine, was banned because of fears it would cause civil unrest. One group or....... [more]

Successions in Europe: What's New in 2015?
January 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Angelique Devaux, French Qualified Attorney, discusses the newest occurrences of succession in Europe ...It is just the beginning of 2015, and it is accompanied by a number of new reforms, new laws and new regulations that shall be implemented along with the New Year. 2015 sha....... [more]

Spain court orders investigation into French gunman
January 15, 2015
Spain's High Court on Thursday ordered an initial investigation of the time Amedy Coulibaly spent in Spain prior to the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Coulibaly is one of the gunmen associated with the shooting of a policewoman and attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris that left four dead....... [more]




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