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/ 12 May 2008

US court allows apartheid lawsuit to proceed

The United States Supreme Court said on Monday that it cannot intervene in an important dispute over the rights of apartheid victims to sue US corporations in US courts because four of the nine justices had to sit out the case over apparent conflicts. The result is that a lawsuit accusing some prominent companies of violating international law will go forward.

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/ 4 April 2008

Straight or gay? US court says website can’t ask

A roommate-finding site cannot require users to disclose their sexual orientation, a United States appeals court ruled on Thursday, in the latest skirmish over whether anti-discrimination rules apply to the web. The court said, which obliges users to list their sexual orientation, was different from sites where people volunteer or withhold personal information.

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/ 25 September 2007

Council of Europe to vote on creationism

Europe’s main human rights body will vote next week on a resolution opposing the teaching of creationist and intelligent design views in school science classes. The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly will debate a resolution saying attacks on the theory of evolution were rooted ”in forms of religious extremism”