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Rude Awakening for over 20,000 Residents of Kibera in Kenya

Victoria Miyandazi and Muriuki Muriungi 30th August 2018

On Monday, 23 July 2018, over 20,000 residents of Kibera slum in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi woke up to the rude awakening of their forced eviction from a place they had called home for years and the demolition of their homes, businesses and schools. The evictions were done by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) […]

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The Sabarimala Temple Ban: An ‘Untouchable’ Rule

Arijeet Ghosh 28th August 2018

On 1st August, 2018, the Supreme Court of India concluded its hearing on a crucial matter regarding the Sabrimala Temple in the State of Kerala. The case deals with the constitutionality of a rule prohibiting the entry of women of a particular class inside the temple shrine. With the judgement reserved, it is important to analyse what this […]

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Section 377: The Essence of Freedom

Manya Oberoi 27th August 2018

A country that routinely bans movies that attempt to speak of homosexuality is witnessing a historic discussion on the kind of sex Indians are legally allowed to have. The Supreme Court of India is examining the legality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal code, an archaic section that criminalizes ‘unnatural sex’. ‘Unnatural sex’ is […]

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Coup, Constitution and the Court: Zimbabwean Constitutional Court whitewashes flawed rigged elections

Jason Brickhill 24th August 2018

Today, the Constitutional Court dismissed a legal challenge to Zimbabwe’s presidential elections. In my previous post, I reported on the conduct of the elections and the ensuing military crackdown. Information in the public domain indicated that the results were not credible – in particular, the increase in turnout after close of voting, reaching extraordinary levels […]

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Promoting ‘Gender Ideology’: Constitutional Court of Bulgaria Declares Istanbul Convention Unconstitutional

Ruzha Smilova 22nd August 2018

On July 27 Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court ruled that the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (often called the “Istanbul Convention”) contravenes the Bulgarian Constitution. In early 2018, the Convention ratification bill met strong opposition from nationalist parties in government, major opposition from the Socialist party, the President of the […]

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