Wednesday, August 31, 2011

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Urges States to Combat Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in the West

The parliamentary assembly of the OSCE recommends that a "public debate on intolerance and discrimination against Christians be initiated and that the right of Christians to participate fully in public life be ensured" (12); that, "in view of discrimination and intolerance against Christians, that legislation in the participating States, including labour law, equality law, laws on freedom of expression and assembly, and laws related to religious communities and right of conscientious objection be assessed" (13); and "encourages the media not to spread prejudices against Christians and to combat negative stereotyping" (15); and "encourages Christian churches to continue their participation in public life contributing to the defence of the dignity of all human beings and to freedom and social cohesion" (16). 


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Romania becoming magnet for divorce tourism


An increasing number of foreign couples are visiting Romania to get divorced more quickly than would be possible in their normal country of residence. In some countries, onerous legal requirements, coupled with bureaucracy, mean it can take several years to get a divorce. 

In Romania, a divorce can be finalised within one month. A recent article in the New York Times shed light on this phenomenon when it told the story of an Italian couple who had established a short-term residence in Romania only to get divorced more quickly than would be possible in Italy. In Romania, a couple without children who are seeking a divorce, must sign a divorce form in front of a notary. The two then have 30 days to withdraw the divorce request and after that, if the divorce is consensual, a notary can end the marriage. Previously, couples had to go to court to get divorced. Law firms abroad have taken advantage of this and started to offer the service to foreign nationals, according to the New York Times.

Arranging a divorce in Italy is a long-term affair. Spouses must have been separated for a minimum of three years. After factoring in legal processes, the divorce can take up to four years. Meanwhile, if the split is not consensual, it can easily take 10.

“Spain, France and Britain are also divorce destinations, but Romania is known as cheaper and easier,” the New York Times reported.