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Decriminalising homosexuality in India: The Long, Twisted Road of Section 377

Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil 27th February 2018

Section 377, Indian Penal Code: Unnatural offences – Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment … This was the text introduced by Lord Macaulay in 1860 which, in one form or another, travelled through much of […]

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“Anyone can make claims” – Is the KiK case proof of access to remedy against corporate human rights violations?

Claudia Müller-Hoff and Carolijn Terwindt 26th February 2018

There are many hurdles preventing victims of corporate rights abuses overseas from bringing claims in European courts against European companies and accessing an effective remedy. The claim against German retailer KiK is one of the few that “made it” to court. The KiK-case concerns a factory fire in 2012 in Ali Enterprises textile factory in […]

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International Law, Right to Privacy and Marital Rape in India

Surya Rajkumar 25th February 2018

In an order dated 6/11/2017, the High Court of Gujarat described marital rape as “a disgraceful offence that has scarred the trust and confidence in the institution of marriage”, proposing to consider, through its own motion, whether a husband forcing his wife to perform oral sex constitutes an offence under the provisions of the Indian […]

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Women’s struggle to vote in Brazil: same fight, different strategies

Hannah Maruci 24th February 2018

Women’s struggle to vote in Brazil: same fight, different strategies Women were first allowed to vote in Brazil in 1932, but their political rights only became equal to men’s in 1945, when the vote became compulsory for both sexes. The fight for suffrage is repeatedly neglected in Brazilian history. Women’s right to vote is often […]

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