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Secularism as separation and neutrality: A redefinition of Concepts by the Constitutional Court of Peru

Enlil Iván Herrera Pérez 25th February 2019

Last month, the Constitutional Court of Peru issued a judgment in the case 00007-2014-PA/TC, which concerned an application for amparo (constitutional relief) in favour of a teacher. The case began when the teacher was transferred to a different school against her will. The case concerned issues that reached beyond a standard labour dispute: it raised […]

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Elusive Equality: The Missing Element in the Oxytocin Ban Decision

Gauri Pillai 22nd February 2019

Oxytocin is a WHO-recommended drug for the inducement of labour during childbirth, and in the prevention and treatment of post-partum haemorrhage. Recently, a two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court set aside a notification issued by the Central Government which prohibited the manufacture and distribution of Oxytocin for domestic use by licensed private sector companies. […]

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The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018: A Tale of Reneged Promises

Vishakha Choudhary and Vishesh Sharma 18th February 2019

On April 15, 2014, the Indian Supreme Court in National Legal Services Authority (‘NALSA’) v. Union of India recognised transgender persons as the ‘third gender’. The Court gleaned their extensive rights from the Constitution. By referring to the wide scope of Article 14, which guarantees the right to equality to ‘any person’, it emphasised equal […]

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Human Rights, Participation and the 2030 Agenda

Mandeep Tiwana 13th February 2019

Four years into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, embedded human rights principles are under strain. Frank and open dialogue at the UN can help shine a spotlight on unfulfilled promises. This January, the UN organised a much-needed dialogue in Geneva on the link between human rights and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The discussion’s […]

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