BOGOTA: A Colombian high court on Friday (Jun 14) withdrew the parliament seat for a former left-wing guerrilla leader who never assumed office after negotiating the country's historic peace deal.Ivan Marquez renounced his seat 11 months ago and went into hiding, claiming the 2016 peace deal that ended more than a half-century of conflict was being "disfigured".The State Council, the highest administrative court in Colombia, said it was stripping Marquez of his seat because he never took office and didn't provide "just cause" for the move, court president Lucy Bermudez told journalists.When the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) gave up their arms and signed a deal with then-president Juan Manuel Santos, they formed a communist political party that goes by the same acronym and were guaranteed 10 seats in Congress.Marquez gave three reasons last July for his decision not to take up his seat, one being the arrest three months earlier of a fellow former rebel leader, Jesus … [Read more...] about Colombian high court withdraws ex-rebel’s parliament seat
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Brazil Supreme Court criminalizes homophobia (Agence France-Presse) - June 14, 2019 - 2:12pm BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil's Supreme Court voted Thursday to criminalize homophobia, an important step for sexual minorities in one of the most dangerous countries for LGBT people in the world. The Supreme Federal Court (STF), which voted eight to three in favor of the measure, classified homophobia as a crime similar to racism, until Congress -- which is held by a conservative majority and is strongly influenced by evangelical churches -- passes a law specifically addressing such discrimination. Brazil now joins a growing number of countries in the typically conservative and Catholic-influenced Latin American region that have passed measures in favor of LGBT rights. "All prejudice is violence. All discrimination is a cause of suffering," said judge Carmen Luzia while voting in favor of the measure. "But I learned that … [Read more...] about Brazil Supreme Court criminalizes homophobia
WASHINGTON: American evangelicals have high hopes that the US Supreme Court, with its newfound conservative majority, will be tempted to chip away at its historic decision to legalize abortion.Forty-six years after its landmark Roe v Wade decision, the high court is at the heart of a heated offensive led by states with conservative majorities who oppose the voluntary termination of pregnancy.This week alone, Alabama passed a law banning women from having an abortion even in cases of incest or rape and the Missouri legislature made illegal abortions from eight weeks of pregnancy. Both states have vowed to prosecute doctors who perform the procedure.Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota have enacted laws banning abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected, around six weeks of gestation, before most women know they are pregnant.All of these laws flagrantly go against Roe v Wade, which guarantees women's rights to abortion as long as the fetus is not viable … [Read more...] about Will the US Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights?
BUENOS AIRES: Argentina's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday (May 16) that ex-president Cristina Kirchner's corruption trial can go ahead, after protesters demonstrated against rumours the case might be delayed.Trial is set to begin Tuesday over accusations that Kirchner favoured businessman Lazaro Baez in the attribution of 52 public works contracts worth 46 billion pesos (US$1.2 billion) during her 2007-15 presidency.Her lawyers had submitted numerous appeals against the case, alleging a lack of evidence.While the Supreme Court has decided to review the case files, it said that "doesn't suspend the process."On Wednesday evening, demonstrators in several Buenos Aires neighborhoods banged pots and pans - a popular local protest method - amidst press rumors the trial would be dropped or delayed.Jorge Gorini, president of the court that will hear the case, stressed that there has been "no change" to the May 21 trial start date.The 66-year-old Kirchner's lawyers claim the … [Read more...] about Top Argentine court confirms Kirchner trial to start Tuesday
WASHINGTON: Republican-led legislatures in state after state are passing bills restricting abortion access in a bid to eventually challenge the 1973 US Supreme Court ruling allowing a woman to terminate a pregnancy. Opponents of abortion rights are hoping that the moves will prompt the nation’s highest court, which now has a conservative majority, to overturn its landmark decision in the case known as Roe vs Wade. The latest state to pass abortion restrictions – in fact, the toughest in the entire US – is Alabama, where Republican Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed a bill that places a near-total ban on ending a pregnancy, even in cases of rape and incest. Under the bill doctors who perform abortions could face between 10 and 99 years in prison. Ivey said that for now, the law may be unenforceable because of Roe vs. Wade. But “the sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the US Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they … [Read more...] about Republicans bid for US Supreme Court showdown over abortion