Russia to consider shutting down Memorial's rights centre
A Moscow court on Wednesday hears a case against the rights centre of Memorial group, which chronicled Soviet-era purges, a day after the Supreme Court outlawed the main organisation in a watershed moment in Russia's history. Wednesday sees the Moscow City Court hold a new hearing in that case. The trials signal the end of an era in Russia's post-Soviet democratisation process, which began 30 years ago this month.- 'Awful mirror' - A Memorial lawyer, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said they did not doubt that the court would on Wednesday rule to shut down Memorial's Human Rights Centre as well."It's obvious," the lawyer told AFP.
Taiwanese activists said Wednesday a court decision allowing a married gay man to adopt his husband's non-biological child offered hope but they called for the government to grant adoption equality to all same-sex couples. © Sam Yeh Taiwan is at the vanguard of the burgeoning LGBTQ rights movement in Asia and became the first place in the region to legalise marriage equality in 2019
Taiwan is at the vanguard of the burgeoning LGBTQ rights movement in Asia and became the first place in the region to legalise marriage equality in 2019.
But same-sex couples still face restrictions others do not.
With Ghislaine Maxwell in prison, attention is turning to her former friend Prince Andrew
New documents about notorious sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein that have direct bearing on abuse claims against Prince Andrew will be made public next week. The Duke of York, who has not been charged with any crime and vehemently denies allegations of wrongdoing, is being sued by Australian resident Virginia Giuffre.Ms Giuffre says he is among the associates of Epstein who abused her as a teenager.The case will return to court next week, hours after secret documents relating to the case are made public.
They can only adopt a partner's biological child and can only wed foreigners from countries where gay unions are also legal.
In the first favourable ruling of its kind in Taiwan, a family court in Kaohsiung city allowed a 34-year-old man to become the legal guardian of his spouse's daughter, who his husband adopted before they married.
The ruling, made public on Tuesday by activist groups after it went into effect, only applies to the couple.
But activists hope the decision will encourage other courts and local officials to follow suit and add to pressure on Taiwan's government to pass new legislation for full equality.
"I am happy that my spouse is also legally recognised as the father of our child... but I can't feel all that happy without amending the law," Wang Chen-wei, one of the claimants, told AFP.
Taiwan leader urges China to curb 'military adventurism'
Taiwan's president on Saturday urged China to curb its "military adventurism", with tensions between the two sides at their highest level in years. Beijing has ramped up military and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan since Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016, as she rejects the stance that the island is Chinese territory. Chinese warplanes have made a historically high number of incursions into Taiwan's air defence zone in recent months. TheBeijing has ramped up military and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan since Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016, as she rejects the stance that the island is Chinese territory.
"It's really absurd that same-sex people can adopt a child when they are single but they can't after they get married," the 38-year-old added.
Wang said he and his partner Chen Jun-ru would like to adopt a second child, but would have to go through the entire court process again.
Activist Jennifer Lu said the ruling offers "a ray of hope" but she noted that Taiwan's courts are inconsistent on the matter -- similar requests filed by two other same-sex couples were previously rejected.
"We hope the rulings serve as a reminder to government officials and lawmakers that the current unfair legal conditions need to be changed," said Lu, executive director for rights group Taiwan Equality Campaign.
The group has received enquiries from over 500 same-sex families interested in adopting non-biological children, she said.
Taiwan is home to a thriving LGBTQ community: a record 200,000 people attended a pride march in Taipei in 2019 to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
At least 6,000 same-sex couples have wed since then.
That law came about after Taiwan's top court ruled that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was discriminatory and unconstitutional.
But same-sex marriage proved deeply divisive and the law contained restrictions that conservatives pushed for.
In May, a Taiwanese-Macanese gay couple won a similar court ruling that allowed them to wed even though Macau does not recognise gay marriage.
But like the adoption ruling, it only applies to their individual case.
Judge weighs up Djokovic full court call .
Lawyers are arguing about whether a full court will hear nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic's second challenge against his visa cancellation.There was no sign of the Serbian tennis star during Saturday's procedural hearing of the Federal Court of Australia ahead of a further hearing on Sunday.