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June 16, 2017

Venezuelan court accepts transgender rights case. Last week, the Venezuelan Supreme Court accepted a petition to consider whether the country’s constitutional right to “free development of one’s personality” requires the government to recognize name and gender changes for transgender individuals. The decision follows the Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling in favor of LGBTQ family rights, which granted legal equality to children of same-sex married couples.
Israeli court rules prison cells are too small. On Tuesday, the Israeli Supreme Court held that Israel’s prison cells are unconstitutionally small, noting that prisoners’ cramped living conditions fall short of guarantees in the country’s Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty. The court ordered the government, which asserts that it is making strides toward bringing its prisons into accord, to reach full compliance within 18 months.
Indonesian court strikes restrictions on independent voters. The Indonesian constitutional court has ruled that certain election law restrictions on independent voters are unconstitutional. Under the stricken provisions, anyone who was not registered to vote in the preceding election could not endorse an independent candidate for governor, and the identity of anyone who did endorse an independent candidate was publicly announced.
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