October 16, 2019

Decriminalisation of sodomy in the Caribbean

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From Leonardo Raznovich As part of the ongoing research that the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights is undertaking in the Caribbean, along with the IBA and the ILANUD, a group of almost 50 people which includes CEOs of top companies in the world, members of the judiciary, politicians, academics, members of the United Nations, the […]

Protection from prying eyes: Trusts in the Cayman Islands

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By Bernadette Carey From Carey Olsen While the flaunting of one’s wealth remains a common pastime for many of the world’s well-heeled, increasingly so in the age of social media, the majority of private clients wish to remain just that – private. However, remaining discreet and keeping personal affairs under wraps can be a huge […]

The Editor speaks: Human Rights

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We have highlighted today a document titled “Written Evidence Submitted by the Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry on the future of the UK Overseas Territories”. The Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission “was established under section 116 of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009. The […]

The future of the UK Overseas Territories inquiry – Foreign Affairs Committee’s Inquiry

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From Leonardo Raznovich I felt compelled to expand my written evidence in relation to this inquiry in particular after the unanimous decision of the Bermudian Court of Appeal which confirmed the illegality of the Domestic Partnership Act 2018 passed by the Bermudian government last February with the complicity of the UK government.   The Foreign […]

Australia rushes its ‘dangerous’ anti-encryption bill into parliament, despite massive opposition

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By Zack Whittaker From TechCrunch Australia’s controversial anti-encryption bill is one step closer to becoming law, after the two leading but sparring party political giantsstruck a deal to pass the legislation. The bill, in short, grants Australian police greater powers to issue “technical notices” — a nice way of forcing companies — even websites — […]

OPINION: Newspapers connect humanity

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By Melissa Martin North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, Antarctica. Humanity lives, works, and plays on the 7 continents. And reads the newspaper. All free countries on the planet with a printing press (and the Internet) are able to connect to share words, ideas, and daily happenings. People read newspapers around the globe […]

Real progress or smokescreen?

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By Tate Johnston, From Freedom United < Is this progress or just a smokescreen? Recent reports from Uzbekistan are conflicting, what should we make of them? The government is making promising commitments to tackle forced labor in Uzbekistan. But the experience of those living in the country suggests that forced labor is still a problem. […]

World Population Day July 11th

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In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year, on World Population Day, UNFPA will celebrate the theme “Family Planning is a Human Right.” […]

Trademarks v. artistic freedom

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Trademarks versus artistic freedom of expression: milestone referral for preliminary ruling By Olivier Vrins, Jeroen Muyldermans Contributed by ALTIUS Intellectual Property Belgium From ILO In a high-profile trademark infringement case involving Moët Hennessey Champagne Services (MHCS) – owner of the famous Champagne brand Dom Pérignon – and a Belgian painter, the courts were asked to […]

Caribbean activists welcome Inter-American Court opinion on LGBT rights

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By CariFLAGS (PRESS RELEASE) – The Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS) celebrates the recent advisory opinion by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) which referred to its constant case law whereby sexual orientation and gender identity are protected categories against discrimination under the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights. […]