October 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged Malaysian authorities to end their politically motivated criminalization of government critics. The country's Sedition Act of 1948, a law that limits freedom of speech and expression, has been used increasingly by the Malaysian government to persecute ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Ann Schober
The lawyer representing Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Malaysia's strongest governmental opposition group, was charged with sedition on Tuesday because of a written statement he issued acting as Anwar's legal counsel. N Suredran, was released on bail after being charged with violating Malaysia's ...[read more]
June 15, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday struck down a portion of a state law banning consensual oral and anal sex, aimed at criminalizing homosexual conduct, as unconstitutional. The appeal was brought by a Dallas County, Alabama, man who was charged with engaging in consensual sodomy with ...[read more]
March 7, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to remove the state code's ban on oral and anal sex, a decade after it was invalidated by a US Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas. The new legislation limits the definition of "crimes against nature" to only bestiality ...[read more]
March 7, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Malaysian court on Friday overturned the High Court's acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim, sentencing the opposition leader to five years in prison for sodomizing a male aide in 2008. This conviction makes Anwar unable to run for chief minister of Selangor in next month's election, where he was ...[read more]
January 13, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law on Monday, prompting condemnation throughout the international community. The law bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes homosexual associations, societies and meetings and carries a punishment of up to 14 ...[read more]
October 21, 2013
by Max Slater
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that the state's statute prohibiting the solicitation of sodomy is constitutional. The case concerned a former police officer named James Edwin Watson who was convicted of soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy. Watson argued that the statute violated his ...[read more]
March 14, 2013
by Keith Herting
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned a Virginia anti-sodomy law on Tuesday, a decade after it was invalidated by a US Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas. The decision was the result of William MacDonald's appeal of his 2005 criminal conviction ...[read more]
August 22, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 22, 2011, Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim denied sodomy charges against him and said they were fabricated by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Anwar was accused of sodomizing a male political aide, which is punishable in Malaysia by up to 20 years in ...[read more]

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