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Chile: New Law Creates the Inter-Agency Social Protection System

(Sept. 25, 2009) Chile has adopted a new law that creates the Inter-Agency Social Protection System (IASPS) and recognizes the existence of the Integral Infants’ Protection Sub-System (IFPSS), “Chile Grows with You.” Law No. 20,379, which was promulgated on September 1, 2009, and entered into force on September 12, 2009, defines the IASPS as a […]

Uganda: Rights Group Seeks to Have Bride Price Abolished

(Sept. 17, 2009) It was reported on September 9, 2009, that MIFUMI, a women’s rights organization that promotes protection for women and children affected by domestic violence, abuse, and bride-price violations, together with other concerned individuals, filed a legal action before Uganda’s Constitutional Court, seeking the abolition of the practice of bride price. (Milton Olupot […]

Burma: Cyclone Orphan Adoptions Must Follow Procedures

(July 2, 2008) Cyclone Nargis, which devastated a large region of Burma, created a number of orphans. The Burmese Department of Social Welfare (DSW) has stressed, however, that they can be adopted only through the proper legal procedures. The 1939 Act of Registration of Adopting Children is the relevant legislation and will be enforced. Officials […]

United States: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Held Unconstitutional in California

(May 2, 2008) On May 15, 2008 the California Supreme Court ruled that provisions in the state’s marriage statutes disallowing same-sex marriages violate the California Constitution. The opinion arose from six consolidated proceedings involving the City of San Francisco’s issuance of marriage licenses to gay couples during a period in 2004. The issuance of such […]

Switzerland: Child Allowance

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 22, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Federal Act on Family Allowances (AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG 131 (2008)). This law increases the paid allowances for children to a minimum of 200 Swiss Francs (about US$181) in all the cantons, and it introduces an educational allowance of at least 250 Swiss Francs (about US$226) per […]