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Northern Ireland court: Gay couples can adopt

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October 25, 2012

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Northern-Ireland-children

The High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland has ruled that same-sex couples must be allowed to adopt. In  Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Application (for judicial review), [2012] NIQB 77, the court held that a government policy restricting adoption to married couples violated the European Convention on Human Rights.  A previous ruling by the House of […]

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European Court of Human Rights orders damages for gay prisoner

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October 16, 2012

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ECHR-building-1

If we had to pick  the world’s most active legal forum for LGBT rights, it would be the European Court of Human Rights. Following is a summary of a decision from last week, plus three other cases in the pipeline. The Court has also published an excellent summary of its decided and pending sexual orientation-related […]

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Trans Rights Victories in Nepal

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October 9, 2012

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nepal-third-gender-citizenship-certificate

In a crucial test, Nepal’s government has agreed to issue a new citizenship certificate to Caitlin Panta, a nineteen-year-old who underwent sex reassignment surgery this past January (and was apparently the first Nepali citizen to do so). Although the process was fraught with bureaucracy, including an examination by a three-member panel to “confirm” Ms. Panta’s […]

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Ukraine Moves to Outlaw “Promotion of Homosexuality”

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October 8, 2012

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Ukraine-Rada-building

Another battle has erupted between an eastern European state and broader European norms regarding homosexuality. Last Tuesday, the Ukrainian Parliament voted to outlaw the “promotion of homosexuality.” By the end of the week, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner warned that the legislation “runs counter toUkraine’s international commitments to ensure freedom of expression and information.” […]

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Latin American Reproductive Rights Update

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October 6, 2012

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flags-of-latin-america

Latin America has long been an area of the world with very weak reproductive rights protections. All too familiarly, strong religious and other socially conservative interests in most Latin American countries (Cuba being the most notable exception) have successfully framed abortion law as being about traditional morality and “family values,” not women’s safety, health, and privacy. A […]

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Canadian Supreme Court modifies HIV exposure crime

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October 5, 2012

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Canada-Supreme-Court-logo-600

The Canadian Supreme Court ruled today in R. v. Mabior [2012 SCC 47] that the law criminalizing failure to disclose HIV positive status to a sexual partner was constitutional only in situations where a realistic risk of transmission could be proved.  In a 1998 decision, the court had ruled that failure to disclose vitiated the […]

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