A decision by the Indian Supreme Court to reinstate a ban on gay sex represents a "significant step backwards for India" and violates international law, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Thursday, suggesting the case be reheard. In a major blow to gay rights in the world's largest democracy, the Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a 2009 ruling by a lower court that had decriminalized gay sex. "Criminalizing private, consensual same-sex sexual conduct violates the rights to privacy and to non-discrimination enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which India has ratified," Pillay said in a statement issued in Geneva. "Yesterday's Supreme Court decision in this case represents a significant step backwards for India and a blow for human rights." The top court stated that only India's government could change the law, deeming the Delhi High Court had overstepped its powers with the decision four years ago.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for the execution of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes, rejecting a last-minute appeal in a case that threatens to spark fresh violence ahead of national elections next month.