Lawsuit urges ‘personhood’ for zoo elephants

An animal rights organization filed a writ of habeas corpus  Monday on behalf of three elephants owned by the Connecticut-based Commerford Zoo . The writ was brought by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) [advocacy website] for the confinement and mistreatment of the elephants. NhRP is seeking a status of “personhood”

Kurdistan pledges to respect Iraq Supreme Court decision on secession

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials pledged[statement] Tuesday to respect the Iraq Federal Supreme Court’s [official website, in Arabic] interpretation of Article I of the Iraq Constitution effectively agreeing not to secede. The Iraq Supreme Court stated in its decision last week that no region within the country may secede from the country.

HRW urges China authorities to stop sexual orientation conversion tactics

LGBT individuals in China are being subjected to abuses in the form of “conversion therapy,” according to a report [text] released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) . According to HRW, public hospitals and private clinics are utilizing so-called “conversion therapy,” regarding LGBT individuals’ identity as a disorder. In

Kenya Supreme Court removes opposition coalition from petitions challenging presidential election

The Supreme Court of Kenya on Tuesday rejecte  the participation of the main opposition coalition in petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’svictory in last month’s repeat presidential election. This means that the National Super Alliance (NASA)  coalition will not be party to the petition challenging October 26 election. Kenyatta’s lawyers objected to


Land ownership in India is presumptive In India, land ownership is primarily established through a registered sale deed (a record of the property transaction between the buyer and seller). Other documents used to establish ownership include the record of rights (document with details of the