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The Citizenship Amendment Bill in Favour of Children Born to an Iranian Mother and an Afghan Father in Iran

Soheil Ghasemi Bojd - 4th February 2019

On 4 November 2018, the Iranian Cabinet adopted a new bill concerning the amendment of citizenship laws to facilitate conferring Iranian citizenship to the children born to an Iranian mother and a non-Iranian father. This bill needs to be approved by the Parliament (Majlis) and the Guardian Council of the Constitution respectively, in order to […]

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Continued Criminalisation in Ireland’s New Abortion Law

Fiona de Londras - 29th January 2019

Since the start of January lawful abortion has been available in Ireland. The passage of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 has fundamentally changed the landscape of reproductive healthcare provision in Ireland, but much has stayed the same. In particular, the paradigm through which abortion is regulated is still primarily the criminal […]

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India’s New Transgender Bill and its Discontents

Akanshha Agrawal - 27th January 2019

The government of India attempted to take a progressive step to protect the rights and dignity of transgender persons by introducing the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016. This was passed by the Lower House of Indian Parliament and is set be introduced in the Upper House. The groundwork for this bill was laid […]

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The Dollars and Cents of Human Rights: The UN Guiding Principles on Economic Reform and Human Rights

Meghan Campbell and Ben Warwick - 24th January 2019

Whoever would have predicted that the cutting edge of human rights work would take us to ‘Automatic Exchange of Information’ agreements or unutilised reserves? Due to an ever-increasing and overdue realisation that human rights must venture into economic, budgetary and fiscal spaces in order to be effective. Tax laws, privatization, austerity, economic, labour and environmental […]

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The UK Supreme Court and the Gay Marriage Cake: Is ‘Indissociability’ Half-baked?

Alex Benn - 21st January 2019

Giving the judgment of the court in Lee v Ashers Baking Co (2018), Lady Hale discusses ‘indissociability’ when determining whether direct discrimination has occurred. Indissociability refers to circumstances in which the criterion used ‘is not the protected characteristic itself but some proxy for it’ (paragraph 25). Lady Hale points to Preddy v Bull (2013), where […]

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The European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in Molla Sali: A call for Greece to modernise its system for national-minority protection?

Stephanos Stavros - 17th January 2019

Greece is one of eight Council of Europe member states not to have ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It has, nevertheless, kept in place a system for safeguarding certain distinct identities, the origins of which are to be traced in pre-WWII treaties still governing important aspects of its relations with […]

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Analysing Malaysia’s Refusal to Ratify the ICERD

Kamilia Khairul Anuar - 7th January 2019

The Malaysian Minister of Diplomatic and Foreign Affairs, Saifuddin Abdullah, reaffirmed the new government’s commitment to improve Malaysia’s human rights track record, which included the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Recently, the ICERD has been thrust into heated public debate due to its perceived incompatibility with Malaysia’s […]

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Veil of Discord: France’s Approach to Religious Clothing Condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Committee

Joris Bertrand - 19th December 2018

In three decisions issued on 10 August 2018 and 23 October 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) found that France violated rights guaranteed under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), because of its treatment of Muslim women wearing religious clothing. In the first case, an educational childcare centre employee was […]

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Central American Caravan Migrants’ Right of Asylum Endangered by Trump’s Electoral Strategy

Alberto Soccol - 4th December 2018

On 13 October, a caravan of approximately 7,000 Central American migrants, including women and unaccompanied minors, departed from San Pedro Sula (Honduras) on its way to the United States. These migrants, who are fleeing extreme poverty and gang-related violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, are enduring dire humanitarian conditions and are exposed to the risk […]

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A Question of Values: Religious Schools, Discrimination, and LGBT+ Rights in Australia

Alice Taylor - 27th November 2018

Striking the appropriate balance between religious freedom and LGBT+ rights continues to be controversial across the world. In Australia, this controversy is currently situated in the schoolyard. The current debate centres around whether religious schools should be allowed to discriminate in connection to employment and the provision of education and training based on LGBT+ status. […]

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