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Equador: Legal rights to wild animals

A landmark court ruling has led Ecuador to become the first country in the world to give legal rights to wild animals. The ruling came after a wild monkey named Estrellita, was moved from its home to a zoo and died a week later. It was taken from the wild at one month old and kept as a pet for 18 years by librarian Ana Beatriz Burbano Proaño.

Cameroon's Biya Orders Enforcement of Bilingualism Law

Cameroon's president Paul Biya is all set to enforce a 2019 law on bilingualism and make life easier for English speakers in the French-speaking majority country. A December 2019 law states that English and French have the same value and should be used equally in public offices, and says Cameroonians should be able to express themselves in either language.

Belarus new legislation on death penalty

Alyaksandr Lukashenka gave presidential approval to new legislation which introduces the death penalty for “attempts to carry out acts of terrorism.” the Belarusian parliament passed the bill widening the application of the death penalty. Currently, the death penalty is usually applied in Belarus for aggravated murder but is also a possible punishment in legislation for acts of terrorism that cause loss of life.

Brazil’s new women employees laws 2022

Law 14,457/22, sanctioned on September 22,2022 as a conversion into law of Executive Order 1.116/21, creates the "Emprega + Mulhere" (Employ + Women) Program to place and maintain women in the labour market by implementing measures to support parenthood, training in strategic areas for professional advancement, and support for returning to work after the end of maternity leave.

Japan’s New Law Against Religious Donations

Japan's parliament on Saturday approved lawthat bans religious and other organizations from maliciously solicitingdonations. This move by the ruling party is to defuse the controversy over itsties to the unification of the church, after the assassination of its PrimeMinister , Shinso Abe. Tetsuya Yamagami, the only suspect inAbe’s 8 July shooting told theinvestigators that he targeted the politician because of his connections to thechurch, after his mother contributed huge donations to the church which he leftthe family bankrupt.

Brunei Pernicious Codes

The Sultan the head of the state is the absolutemonarchy in Brunei. The Sultan continues to wield power under a long-standingstate of emergency imposed in 1984. Brunei’sSyariah Penal Code (2013) went into effect on April 3, 2019. The new code posesgrave threats to fundamental human rights and discriminates against thecountry’s most vulnerable groups, including children, women, and religious andsexual minorities.

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