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Liberalising Access to Abortion and Sex Education to Decrease Teenage Pregnancy in Kazakhstan

Adilya Zhilgildina 5th April 2019

Teenage pregnancy rates in Kazakhstan are high, with 3443 births in 2017, much higher than during the Soviet period. As a means to decrease the prevalence of teenage pregnancy, the Vice Minister of Healthcare has proposed a more liberal abortion regime by making abortions more accessible to teenagers, providing access to birth control and introducing […]

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Legal Gaps in Securing Customary Land Rights in Zambia

Mwai Daka 4th April 2019

The Asa Lato & 30 others case provides an opportunity for Zambia’s High Court to review legal gaps related to the conversion of customary land to registered leasehold tenure, especially those which make communities vulnerable to dispossession and landlessness. It also shines a light on the need for good governance and an end to corruption […]

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A Year of Gaza’s Marches of Return: War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity Targeting Protected Groups

Loureen Sayej 30th March 2019

The independent international commission of inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (OPT), recently released its report on possible international crimes committed by Israel within the context of the ‘Great March of Return’. The commission investigated the killing of 189 and maiming of 6000 Palestinians and paid special attention to […]

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Gym Use and Changing Rooms: the illegality and chilling effect of (trans)gender segregation

Peter Dunne and Alex Sharpe 28th March 2019

A recent, high-profile article published on HuffPost claimed that the popular leisure group – David Lloyd Leisure – had decided to exclude all trans persons from their preferred gender segregated facilities unless they could produce a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). Given that only 4,500 GRCs have been issued (and that GRCs are not available to trans minors), this […]

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