Local authority to plan baby’s funeral

March 27, 2017 0 comments

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A local authority has been given permission to plan the funeral for a baby who died last summer. The boy’s death was the result of brain damage. His parents, who cannot be identified, have been accused of killing him and are under investigation from the Police. They will stand trial later this year but have…

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Human rights of 11 year-old breached by Essex authority

August 5, 2016 1 comment

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A local authority in Essex breached the human rights of a troubled girl in foster care by failing to progress her case for more than a year, a family court has ruled. Thurrock Borough Council only launched care proceedings for the 11 year-old last year after lengthy delays. She had been born in January 2005,…

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Transgender people in Pakistan question marriage fatwa

July 20, 2016 0 comments

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Transgender people in Pakistan have questioned a recent declaration recognising their right to marry. The fatwa (religious declaration), issued by senior clerics last month, said both male-to-female and female-to-male transgender people should be  allowed to marry as long as they showed “visible signs” of their new gender. They were also fully entitled to Islamic funerals…

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Term time holidays cost parents £5 million

July 7, 2016 0 comments

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Parents in England and Wales paid around £5.6 million in fines for taking their children on holiday during the last academic year. New data has revealed that this was paid by as many as 90,000 parents. The local authority which saw the highest number of fines was Lancashire County Council, with 4,279 parents facing punishment….

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Pakistani clerics approve transgender marriages

June 28, 2016 0 comments

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Fifty senior clerics in Pakistan have declared that transgender people have full marriage rights under Islam. They issued a ‘fatwa’ (a religious decree) which said that those who were born as men but identify as transgender and show “visible signs of being a female” can marry. This right also applies to transgender people born as…

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US crowdfunding website introduces divorce option

June 9, 2016 0 comments

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California-based crowdfunding website Plumfund has introduced a divorce option. Users in the process of legal separation can now ask friends, family and the internet in general for help with the legal and other costs of their divorce. Aimed principally at ordinary people seeking financial help with major life events, Plumfund offers users a variety of…

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Australian politicians compare gay marriage to polygamy

February 4, 2016 0 comments

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Australian politicians have compared gay marriage to polygamy and child marriage in a debate this week. The country’s Senate was discussing a bill proposed by the Green Party which, if passed, the legislation would remove part of the Australian Marriage Act which prohibits the legal recognition of gay marriages performed in other countries. During the…

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Australia refuses recognition of Briton’s same sex marriage

January 20, 2016 1 comment

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A British man whose spouse died while on honeymoon in Australia has been told his same sex marriage will not be acknowledged on the death certificate. Marco Bulmer-Rizzi, from Sunderland, travelled to Australia with husband David in December for an extended honeymoon. The couple had married the previous June. Sadly David died earlier this week…

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