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Mexico passes new law banning animal testing in the cosmetics industry

Mexico has become the first country in North America to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals.

Is it fair to keep some Yucatán bars closed and not...

Dozens of bar owners and workers from around the state made their way Monday to the governor’s palace where they demanded to be heard. 

Finally, Yucatán approves marriage-equality bill

Advocates of Yucatán’s marriage equality bill celebrate their victory. Photo: Courtesy Yucatán's legislature has passed a new bill...

Marriage equality in Yucatán: reform approved unanimously and goes to committee

Marriage equality will be voted on again for the third time in Yucatan’s legislature.

A plea to end Mérida’s days of unchecked growth

A new report titled "the costs of urban expansion in Mexico" has found that Mérida's strategy for growth is alarmingly deficient.

New laws against animal abuse get tougher in Yucatán

People found guilty of severe animal cruelty resulting in death are liable to serve prison terms of up to three years and pay fines, which theoretically could be as high as 1,790,000 pesos (90,000 USD).

Mexico takes new step towards full marijuana legalization

Legal experts say that this new move by the court is designed to spur legislators into action after they failed to reach an agreement before the deadline.

New report paints grim picture for people with disabilities in Yucatán

A new report reveals that in Yucatán 70% of people with disabilities are unemployed.

Yucatán’s LGBTQ+ activists prepare for a new uphill battle

Marriage equality may be the law of the land, but Yucatán’s new highly conservative congress is unlikely to ratify it without a fight.

Under new rules, Mexico greenlights womb surrogacy

According to the ruling, surrogates are not to receive compensation for their services.

Alcohol sales to be banned in Yucatán over election weekend

The “ley seca” or “dry law” will take effect on Saturday and will not be lifted until Monday, following Sunday’s midterm elections.

Pro-marijuana activists protest law by planting cannabis in Mérida park

The garden contains several species of medicinal plants native to the Yucatán, as well as Cannabis.

Lawmaker seeks to end gay conversion therapy in Yucatán

Felipe Cervera Hernández of the PRI party has proposed an end to anti-gay conversion therapy in Yucatán. Photo: Courtesy

Allies join the fight for marriage equality in Yucatán

Members and supporters of Yucatán's LGBTQI community gathered yesterday to observe the international day against homophobia.

Sex workers in Mérida score a legal victory

Yucatán court rules that sanctions against sex workers are unconstitutional.

Transparency watchdog: Mexico’s new cell phone registry is unconstitutional

Aside from privacy concerns, critics warn that the new law is likely to result in more cell phone theft. Photo: Courtesy

Does Mexico’s new cell phone registration law go too far?

Privacy advocates say the new government ent database is likely to be misused. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Ancient artifacts recovered by police from illegal online vendors

Yucatán state police officers handed over the recovered artifacts to INAH authorities. Photo: Courtesy Mexico's National Institute of...

Sex workers: Mérida curfew is dangerous and unfair

Mérida streets that a little over a year ago would have been abuzz with traffic are empty well before 11:30 p.m.....

Cancún task force targets businesses that block the beach

Despite clear laws which prohibit the practice, many beaches in Quintana roo operate as defacto private beaches. Photo: Carlos Rosado van...

Man arrested in Yucatán’s 1st revenge porn case

Women’s rights groups in Mexico applauded the passing of Olimpia's Law in 2018, but say that the new laws are not...

Activists: Yucatán continues to lag behind on transgender rights

Flags representing the community wave at the International Transgender Day of Visibility rally in Mexico City. Photo: Courtesy

The Yucatán state government publishes new traffic rules for cyclists

Cyclists will now be subject to many of the same rules which govern the operation of motor vehicles. Photo: Courtesy

Alleged assault and death threats stun expat community, forcing new restaurant...

Five weeks after it opened, a restaurant on Paseo de Montejo was shut down by authorities following a violent confrontation that...