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In Defence of Individual Liberties: Bodily Liberties in a Civil Democratic State

All citizens, male and female, have equal rights and duties and are equal before the law without any discrimination. The state guarantees freedoms and individual and collective rights to all citizens, and provides all citizens the conditions for a dignified life.  (Article 21 of the Tunisian Constitution adopted on  January 27, 2014)[i]

 

[i] Translation of this and other texts from the Tunisian constitution and Penal Code by Ms. Wafa Ben Haj Omar.

By Wafa Ben Haj Omar, Professor Wahid Ferchichi

Rechtsruck: Brasilien nach dem ersten Wahlgang

Hintergrund

Brasilien hat gewählt. In Kongress und Landesparlamenten haben Rechte und Rechtsradikale überwältigend zugelegt. Ihr Kandidat Jair Bolsonaro ist vor der Stichwahl um das Präsidentenamt klarer Favorit. Eindrücke aus einem Land, das nach rechts rückt.

By Annette von Schönfeld

Wigs against the Patriarchy

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How the Lebanese Drag Queen scene is fundamentally challenging heteronormative structures and traditional role models despite the legal system and a lacking tolerance of diversity. While social and familial pressures prevent living out one's identity, Drag shows create a platform for individuality, diversity and alternative family structures- because sometimes you have to choose your own family!

By Inga Hofmann

Trans, intersex, queer: Germany’s highest court makes groundbreaking ruling

The German Federal Constitutional Court has ordered the legislature to provide a third gender option beside male or female in the country’s birth registry – or else do away altogether with information on gender in civil status. This puts Germany in a position to play a leading role in Europe on this issue.

By Leo Yannick Wild

No Greens no Love?

The outcome of the legislative elections in Austria will have repercussions on different levels. A look both into the national and European level unveils what is at stake for LGBTI rights.

By Alast Najafi, David Scharpf

US Supreme Court's female justices cross-question restrictive Texas' abortion law

The three female justices of the US Supreme Court - Elana Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg und Sonia Sotomayor - carry out adamant questionings while hearing the case Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt - and thus show the inconsistent argumentation for the Texas law HB2, that caused 23 out of 41 so-called abortion clinics in Texas to close between 1992 and today.

The ECJ recognises homosexuality as grounds for asylum

On November 7, 2013, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that homosexual asylum seekers who are subject to criminal prosecution in their home countries be granted asylum in EU Member States. An important judgment that is, however, a drop in the ocean in the light of the EU’s policy of closure with regard to asylum and refugee policy.

By Caroline Ausserer

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