The rule of law entails that we should be respectful of the decisions of our Courts, Chairperson of Alternattiva Demokatika-The Green Party Carmel Cacopardo said when commenting on amendments to the Civil Code published on Friday These amendments, AD said in a statement, effectively place band clubs beyond the reach of the law. Last Friday Government published in the Government Gazzette a Bill part of which deals with band clubs and their rental agreements. When in April Mr Justice Anthony Ellul decided in an appeal against the De Paule Band Club in Paola, Government had announced that it was seeking ways in which it could amend the law in order to increase the protection of band clubs. AD Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo said: "The Law Courts have decided that unauthorised alterations were carried out to the Band Club building and consequently in accordance to the provisions of the lease agreement the band club premises should be reclaimed by the owners. As a result of the … [Read more...] about The rule of law signifies that the law is equally applicable to all
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As International Women's Day (IWD) rolls across the globe, individuals in countries everywhere are observing it through marches, protests, music, sports, strikes, at both local and national levels. While some of these events celebrate the achievements women make in the world everyday, others push for further gender equality and activism. Deutsche Welle brings you the latest highlights below. All updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) 16:03 US President Donald Trump comments on International Women's Day (IWD) Trump, who in the past has been accused of harboring mysogynistic views on account of derogatory comments he had made about women, said on Twitter that he was "honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world," adding in another tweet that he had "tremendous respect for women." 14:50 German women innovate in the digital realm One of the main battles for women today remains breaking into and rising to the top of … [Read more...] about International Women’s Day highlights – Women of the world, unite!
Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing will be the dramatic culmination of several cases from four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee . It's a weaving together of very different personal stories. In Michigan, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse want the protections that marriage would give to their four children. They had to adopt them as individuals because their state won't allow a same-sex couple to do so. Not far away in Ohio, James Obergefell wants recognition of his marriage to his late husband John Arthur. They married in Maryland in 2013; Ohio's ban on recognizing same-sex unions performed out of state means that Obergefell is not named on Arthur's death certificate. Campaigners say it couldn't be clearer: states that refuse to license - or recognize - marriages for same-sex couples are denying them "equal protection of the laws" as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. The arguments Sarah Warbelow is one of the lawyers making that case before the … [Read more...] about Same-sex marriage in US: Equality through the courts?
Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid is at home in the East and the West. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1971, as a child he moved to California where his father taught at Stanford University. Hamid would later move to the US East Coast, to study at Harvard Law School and Princeton University. After his studies, he worked in New York as a business consultant and began to write. As a Muslim, Hamid's experiences living in the US after the 9/11 attacks found an outlet in his 2007 novel "The Reluctant Fundamentalist." The book, an international best-seller, was translated into 25 languages. Hamid then relocated to London and worked as a freelance journalist and novelist. In 2009, he moved back to Lahore. His 2013 novel, "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia," made the shortlist for Germany's 2014 International Literature Award. His latest novel, "Exit West," was published in March and has made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize. DW spoke with Hamid at the … [Read more...] about Mohsin Hamid: Writers need to create ‘optimistic visions’ of the future
The Supreme Court has heard arguments on marriage equality . As the nine justices convened Tuesday, activists on both sides rallied in front of the court building. Tuesday's arguments centered on laws banning same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee - four of the 13 states that currently prohibit it . Thirty-seven states and the federal District of Columbia, where the court is located, protect marriage equality. The four liberal-leaning justices seemed to favor gay marriage, but the court's right wing, including Chief Justice John Roberts, appeared inclined to back the right of states to restrict the definition of marriage. The justices should deliver the ruling - their most anticipated of the year - by the end of June. Outside the courthouse, some supporters of same-sex marriage drew parallels between older laws banning mixed-race marriage and the issue debated Tuesday. 'A wrong premise' Justice Anthony Kennedy often casts the deciding vote in split courts … [Read more...] about Washington: US Supreme Court examines marriage equality