World Legal News

The High Court of Islamabad on Wednesday ordered  the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, suspending his prison sentence. Bail was set at 500,000 rupees. The suspension is to remain in place until a final adjudication is made regarding an appeal  filed by Sharif in July. This is the latest development regarding multiple corruption [...]

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Amnesty International (AI) launched a new campaign Tuesday called “Egypt: Open Air Prison for Critics,” to raise awareness of the current situation in Egypt under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi , who came to power after the 2013 coup. In 2013, amid political turmoil, many protests erupted calling for then-president Mohamed Morsi to step down. In [...]

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The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced  Tuesday that it will grant visas to eligible individuals filing as dependent spouses/partners who seek to immigrate to the city. According to the Immigration Department, the new policy applies to individuals who entered same-sex civil partnerships, same-sex civil unions and same-sex marriages as well as opposite-sex [...]

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The Honduras Supreme Court on Monday temporarily suspended the murder trial of eight men accused of killing Honduran environmental rights activist Berta Cáceres. Cáceres was killed inside her home in 2016. There is believed to have been collusion between state security forces and Desarrollos Energeticos SA, the company in charge of a hydroelectric project that [...]

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UN experts on Monday accused  Kyrgyzstan of continuous human rights violations for failing to assist victims of abduction, rape and forced marriage. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women  conducted a confidential inquiry into “bride kidnapping” after receiving allegations from 14 organizations alleging the Kyrgyzstan has failed to prosecute perpetrators of “bride [...]

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Ireland enacted  the 36th Amendment of the Constitution  on Tuesday, repealing the country’s ban on abortions follwoing a May referendum. Specifically, the amendment states that “rovision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.” This repeals the 8th Amendment of the Constitution , which states that “he State acknowledges the right to [...]

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International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced on Tuesday that she will be opening a full preliminary investigation  into alleged crimes against the Rohingya population in Myanmar and their deportation to Bangladesh. Bensouda has already completed an initial preliminary examination, in which she has determined that the ICC has jurisdiction over the issue. Myanmar [...]

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The Romanian Constitutional Court (CCR) on Monday approved a referendum scheduled for October 7 that will redefine the term “family” in the Romanian constitution, a move commentators argue may make same-sex legalization more difficult in the country. The referendum seeks to redefine the term “family” in Article 48 of the Romanian Constitution , which currently [...]

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UN investigators on Tuesday renewed their call for charges against Myanmar military officials who allegedly committed genocide against the nation’s minority Rohingya population in the past year. The UN Office of Human Rights published an exhaustive list of atrocities and called “for the investigation and prosecution of Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, and [...]

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