Legal news from Thursday, November 7, 2013

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday approved a bill by a vote of 64 to 32 outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) [text] outlaws workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The ENDA expands upon the Civil Rights … [read more]

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child they conceived. The child in question was born to the couple in 2004. The women had agreed to conceive a child with … [read more]

[JURIST] Vietnamese authorities are using repressive laws, unfair trials and harsh prison conditions against activists who oppose the ruling Communist government, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report claims that those arrested include [press release] bloggers, labor and land rights activists, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US on Thursday became the first country to ratify [press release] the Minamata Convention [text, PDF], which seeks to bring down emissions and releases of mercury, prompting praise from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) [official website]. There are currently 93 signatories to the convention, but the US is … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that the exclusion of same-sex couples from civil unions under Greek law is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights [text]. The court held [press release, PDF] that the ban violates Article 8 (the right … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] and the chairperson of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice [official website] Frances Raday on Wednesday urged [text] the Sudanese government to stop the practice of threatening women with … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that gay people who live in African countries where they could be persecuted for their sexuality have grounds for asylum in the EU. The decision came after the Netherlands asked the ECJ for advice regarding three Sierra Leone, … [read more]

[JURIST] Spanish officials on Wednesday told the UN that they will not reexamine the state's action during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War [BBC backgrounder] and the Franco era. In 1977, Spain enacted a law that granted amnesty for political crimes committed during these periods. Spanish officials testified [press release] before … [read more]

[JURIST] A military judge on Wednesday ordered the US government to submit reports on Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prison conditions and removed restrictions on communications between lawyers and detainees in a case involving five Guantanamo prisoners related to the 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] terrorist attack. Army Col. James Pohl [Miami Herald … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday criticized [report, PDF] Hungary for failing to protect the rights of female victims of domestic abuse. The report claims that women who were abused by their partners face difficulties in obtaining protection and other related services. HRW found that traditional social … [read more]

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