World Legal News

Romania’s referendum Sunday to change the constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman failed due to lack of voter participation.  The national election bureau reported that only 20.4 percent of Romanian citizens voted in the referendum, which required a 30 percent voter turnout. The Coalition for the Family, a conservative lobbying group, petitioned the Romanian government [...]

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Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid on Monday approved the controversial Digital Security Act, which critics and media organizations believe may quash freedom of speech and press. The new act aims to deter any person or organization from publishing or transmitting any material on any website or in electronic media that may cause defamation, negative religious sentiments, [...]

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A judge on Peru’s highest court overturned a pardon of Peru’s former president, Alberto Fujimori on Wednesday. Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2009 for approving a civilian massacre during his presidency. Former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori in 2017 due to Fujimori’s heart condition. However, human rights experts denounced the pardon, claiming that it was politically motivated and that Fujimori [...]

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UN human rights experts on Friday decried the decision by Indian authorities to bring terrorism charges against 10 human rights defenders. The human rights activists work with India’s impoverished and disadvantaged communities including members of India’s lowest caste, the Dalits. They were arrested due to a public meeting that was organized a day before the [...]

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