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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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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: An Eightieth Anniversary Reflection

Dominic O'Sullivan - 11th February 2019

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) fills important gaps in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by recognising that human rights belong to peoples as well as to individuals. It emphasises collective rights to language, culture and natural resources as inherent to indigenous humanity. UNDRIP codifies indigenous rights against the state. Rights to […]

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Diminishing Accountability, Corruption, and C.Y. Leung

Stephanie Tai - 8th February 2019

The Hong Kong Bar Association formally issued a statement on 21st December 2018, regarding the Department of Justice’s choice to not obtain independent legal advice in its decision not to prosecute former Chief Executive C.Y. Leung over the UGL corruption incident. The Department of Justice’s decision not to consult independent legal advice is worrying and […]

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India’s Expanding Surveillance Scheme Violates the Right to Privacy

Aniruddh Nigam - 5th February 2019

On 20 December, 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs in India issued an office order authorising a plethora of security and intelligence agencies to intercept, monitory and decrypt all personal data on computers and networks in India. The carte blanche nature of this authorisation raises significant concerns for the protection of the right to privacy in […]

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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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“A Past Still Present”: Equal Rights Trust report explores discrimination and inequality in Egypt, eight years after the revolution

Camilla Alonzo - 28th January 2019

Last week marked the 8th anniversary of the Egyptian revolution – known as the “25 January revolution” – which led to the deposal of President Mubarak after 29 years in office. As with other countries that experienced popular uprisings during the Arab Spring, the post-revolutionary era in Egypt heralded the promise of freedom, equality and […]

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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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Universal jurisdiction to the rescue: a way forward for victims of Franco-era crimes of gender-based violence?

Lucy Geddes - 25th January 2019

Between the years of 1960 and 1974, Spanish lawyer and feminist activist Lidia Falcón O’Neill was detained seven times by security police on behalf of the Franco government, because of her protests against the regime. On five of these occasions, she alleges that she was brutally tortured, including being hung from a hook in the […]

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