Sunday, April 15, 2007

On April 15, ...

... 1987, Claire L’Heureux-Dubé became the 2d woman appointed a Justice of Canada’s Supreme Court. She held the position until her retirement in 2002. Among her noted opinions occurred in Canada (Attorney General) v. Mossop, a 1993 case in which the Court voted 5-4 to uphold the denial of bereavement leave to an employee who had attended the funeral of his same-sex partner's father. Dissenting, Judge L’Heureux-Dubé wrote:

The traditional conception of family is not the only conception. The multiplicity of definitions and approaches illustrates clearly that there is no consensus as to the boundaries of family, and that “family status” may have varied meanings depending on the context or purpose for which the definition is desired. ... The family is not merely a creation of law, and while law may affect the ways in which families behave or structure themselves, the changing nature of family relationships also has an impact on the law.

... 1998, Pol Pot, whose Khmer Rouge regime was responsible for the killing of millions of Cambodia in the 1970s, died in a shack in a jungle in the west of the country. As detailed by our own Lakshmi Bai (aka Jaya Ramji-Nogals), efforts to have surviving Khmer Rouge leaders stand trial in a mixed tribunal have not yet reached fruition.


Martha Heinemann Bixby said...

Today is also Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance day. I have a post on Israel's Vad Vashem and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's remembrance events at

Diane Marie Amann said...

Thanks for this reminder, Martha.