April 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Supreme Court of India issued a ruling on Tuesday recognizing the country's large transgender population as a legal third gender. In so ruling, the court ordered that the government ensure that transgender people are not discriminated against and are eligible for government jobs and education ...[read more]
March 6, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the decision not to allow Musharraf's high treason charge to be tried in military court. A special court was set up in February to try the former president, denying Musharraf's ...[read more]
January 31, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN rights experts on Thursday welcomed the January 21 decision of the Supreme Court of India commuting the death sentences of 13 individuals following a finding that their petitions for mercy were unreasonably delayed. The court also commuted the death sentences of two other individuals on the ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday declined to review its controversial decision to reinstate India Penal Code Section 377 which criminalizes homosexuality in the country. Judges on India's high court dismissed petitions from government ministers and rights activists who argued the court's ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
A three-judge panel for the Supreme Court of India ruled Tuesday that a death sentence can be commuted to a life sentence based upon the government's delay. In ruling, the court nullified the death sentences of 15 prisoners, some of whom were convicted of aiding in the murder of former prime ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Justice and Human Rights Commission of Morocco's parliament on Thursday announced a proposal to amend Article 475 of the penal code, which allows rapists to avoid charges if they marry their victims. This practice is currently encouraged in countries such as Morocco and India, where the loss ...[read more]
January 2, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday signed into law a landmark anti-graft bill passed by parliament in December. The new law creates a corruption ombudsman with extensive power to prosecute politicians and civil servants to create a "bribe-free India." The bill was approved by ...[read more]
December 28, 2013
by Dan DeRight
JURIST Guest Columnist Shubhankar Dam of the Singapore Management University School of Law says that Indian Supreme Court has dangerously rolled back the clock on LGBT rights, threatening the ongoing process of progressive reform in Asia ... More than four years after the Delhi High Court ...[read more]
December 22, 2013
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Sujitha Subramanian of the Bristol University School of Law discusses the Indian Supreme Court's decision to uphold the constitutional validity of a statute effectively criminalizing homosexual acts ...On December 11, 2013, ironically a day after the Human Rights Day, the ...[read more]
December 11, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday reinstated an 1861 law prohibiting sex between consenting adults of the same sex, overturning a lower court decision. The law, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, was passed during the British colonial era and calls for a 10-year sentence for "carnal ...[read more]

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