Carlos Ghosn’s wife slams Japan’s ‘draconian’ legal system in letter

The nine-page letter from Carole Ghosn to watchdog group Human Rights Watch says that the former Nissan chairman has been held under “harsh physical conditions” since his arrest nearly two months ago on suspicion of financial crimes. “No one should be forced to endure what my husband faces every day,” Carole Ghosn writes in the…

DR Congo election: Defeated candidate vows legal challenge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Martin Fayulu said the declared winner had been nominated to perpetrate the Kabila regime The defeated opposition candidate in DR Congo’s presidential election has vowed to challenge the result in court. Martin Fayulu told the BBC the people of the nation deserved to know the truth of the election, which…

Legal Abortions Begin in Ireland With Solidarity and Small Protests

Ireland this week began offering legalized abortion services, a historic shift in a country that for decades had some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. In a referendum last year, voters repealed a clause in Ireland’s Constitution that effectively outlawed abortion, and legislation passed at the end of 2018 allowed for unrestricted terminations…

‘Birth Tourism’ Is Legal in Canada. A Lawmaker Calls it Unscrupulous.

RICHMOND, British Columbia — Melody Bai arrived in Vancouver from China in the late stages of pregnancy with one goal: to give birth to a Canadian baby. Awaiting her was an elaborate ecosystem catering to pregnant women from China, including a spacious “baby house” where she spent four months, attended to by a Mandarin-speaking housekeeper….

No sexual consent means rape, Spain told by legal panel

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This year Spain has seen mass protests against gender-based violence Spanish law will be toughened to define any non-consensual sexual act as “assault” or “rape” instead of “sexual abuse”, experts have decided. A panel of legal experts was set up by the government after protests when five men were cleared…

Judge orders Stormy Daniels to reimburse Trump’s legal fees

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Donald Trump denies the allegations made by Stormy Daniels A US judge has ordered porn actress Stormy Daniels to reimburse President Donald Trump’s legal fees after her defamation case was dismissed. Ms Daniels, who says she had sex with Mr Trump in 2006, sued him after he mocked…

Brexit legal advice warns UK could be trapped in endless negotiations

In the full written advice by the attorney general, which the government was forced to publish after lawmakers found it in contempt of parliament, ministers are warned that the “backstop” insurance policy relating to Northern Ireland could last “indefinitely” if relations with the EU break down. The six-page document, dated November 13, was described as…

Dodging Friends, Chased by Legal Troubles, Trump Navigates G-20

BUENOS AIRES — He didn’t sit down with two of his favorite strongmen. He downgraded a meeting with one ally and postponed one with another. He exchanged icy smiles with the prime minister of Canada, who had threatened to skip the signing of a new trade agreement with the United States and Mexico because of…

Why is the UAE’s legal system being criticised?

Image copyright Daniela Tejada Image caption Matthew Hedges was detained at Dubai Airport in May The treatment of a British academic jailed for life in the United Arab Emirates has been widely criticised by British politicians and human rights organisations. Mr Hedges was sentenced in a court in Abu Dhabi for spying. His wife says…