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Indonesia: Proposal to Resurrect Law Against Insulting President

(Aug. 14, 2015) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has recently proposed reviving a provision that criminalizes insulting the president. The provision was in effect during the regime of Suharto, whose dictatorial rule lasted from 1967 to 1998, and punished public insults to the president with prison terms of up to five years. It was repealed by […]

Azerbaijan: Journalist on Trial

(Aug. 13, 2015) On August 7, 2015, the case of Khadija Ismayilova, a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Azerbaijan, was brought to trial, eight months after she was arrested on accusations of tax evasion, abuse of power, and embezzlement. Ismayilova asserts that the charges are politically motivated, following her reporting on government […]

Turkey: Tightening of Regulation on Meetings and Demonstrations

(Aug. 7, 2015) On August 5, 2015, amendments to the Regulation on Implementation of the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations were published in the Resmi Gazete, Turkey’s official gazette. The amendments introduce new limits on the organization of demonstrations by individuals. (Legal Changes Introduced to Limit Holding of Demonstrations, TODAY’S ZAMAN (Aug. 5, 2015); Toplanti […]

Ireland: Gender Recognition Bill Passed

(July 31, 2015) On July 15, 2015, the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 was passed by the Oireachtas (Irish legislature). (Gender Recognition Bill 2014, No. 116/2014, HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS.) The bill was signed into law by the President of Ireland on July 22. (2015 Legislation, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND.) The bill enables transgender people to obtain […]

Canada: Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Pakistani Canadian Pilot in Discrimination Case

(July 30, 2015) On July 23, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeal of a Pakistani Canadian pilot in a discrimination case filed against Bombardier, an aerospace company. (Quebec (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse) v. Bombardier Inc. (Bombardier Aerospace Training Center), 2015 SCC 39, Judgments of […]

Canada: Ontario Court Upholds Decision to Deny Accreditation to Proposed Law School

(July 10, 2015) On July 2, 2015, the Divisional Court of Ontario upheld the legality of a vote taken by Ontario’s Law Society (Law Society of Upper Canada) in April that denied accreditation to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University. (Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2015 ONSC 4250, […]

Tunisia: State of Emergency Declared

(July 8, 2015) On July 4, 2015, following the June 26 terrorist attack in Tunisia’s beach resort city of Sousse, in which 38 tourists were killed, the country’s President Beji Caid Essebsi announced a 30-day state of emergency. Under such a situation, security forces have more powers and the right of assembly is limited. Furthermore, […]

Brazil: National Council of Justice Sets Quota for Blacks

(June 15, 2015) The Brazilian National Council of Justice issued a resolution on June 9, 2015, that establishes that 20% of the available positions in public exams designed to select people to enter the bodies of the judiciary, including exams to become a judge, must be filled by black people. The rule is mandatory when […]

Brazil: Alimony Now Permitted for Gay Couples

(Mar. 9, 2015) On March 3, 2015, the Brazilian Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiça, STJ) unanimously granted to one of the partners of a gay union the right to request alimony in a case involving a separation. (STJ Garante a Gays Direito de Pedir Pensão Alimentícia, VEJA (Mar. 4, 2015).) The case […]

Pakistan: Constitutional Amendment to Extend Jurisdiction of Superior Courts to Tribal Areas

(Mar. 3, 2015) On February 20, 2015, Pakistan’s Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice approved a constitutional amendment that would extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and a High Court to Pakistan’s specially administered tribal regions. (Constitutional Amendment: Senate Body Clears Bill on Tribal People’s Rights, EXPRESS TRIBUNE (Feb. 20, 2015).) The amendment, […]