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Stories about Law

23 November 2015

Haitians Take to the Streets to Protest Elections Results

Haitians are claiming that the results of the country's recent elections are a sham, staging massive street protests that are quickly turning violent.

19 November 2015

Rastafari Rootzfest Celebrates Jamaica's Emancipation of Marijuana

The Rastafari Rootzfest -- Jamaica's first ever "educational ganja festival" -- is paving the way for the island to make its mark on the emerging global marijuana industry.

18 November 2015

Authorities Don't Like This Infographic Showing Why Thailand's Royal Insult Law Needs Reform

Military authorities summoned an editor of the Prachatai news website over the infographic, which they deemed "vague and might cause misunderstanding" in Thailand.

Mexico’s Cybercrime Bill is Dead. But What Will Lawmakers Think of Next?

Global Voices Advocacy

A Mexican senator proposed legislation that many experts warned would have harmed privacy and free speech online in Mexico. A week later, after the public's backlash, he withdrew it.

17 November 2015

New Bill Urges Ban on WhatsApp and Google for Russian Officials

RuNet Echo

Banning the use of foreign services such as Google, Yahoo!, and WhatApp for Russian state officials is key to preserving confidentiality of state secrets, says one Russian lawmaker.

14 November 2015

As UN Climate Talks Approach, a Look at What's Changed Since Copenhagen

Is the world better suited for a climate change agreement than it was in 2009, when the last important negotiations took place?

12 November 2015

Russia Changes Its Mind, Asks Twitter to Store Russian User Data Locally

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Previously, Roscomnadzor had said Twitter was exempt from the norms of the data localization law as the kind of user data Twitter collects did not qualify as “personal information."

11 November 2015

Trinidad and Tobago’s Crime-Solving Facebook Users Are Back, and So Is the Controversy of Policing Domestic Violence

Back in action are the crime-solving citizens of the so-called 'Facebook Division' of the police. This time, they're after a man who beat his partner with a steel pipe.

10 November 2015

Who Will Defend Tajikistan's Detained Lawyers?

Lawyers prepared to represent beleaguered opposition figures in the Central Asian country are finding themselves following them into jail.

9 November 2015

On Net Freedom Report in Africa, The Gambia Scores Poorly

The Gambia, the tiny West African state, is the second worst when it comes to internet freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sassou-Nguesso on the Path of Other African Presidents-for-Life After Congolese Referendum

Young citizens of Congo (Brazaville) protests the President Sassou-Nguesso's attempt to run for an additional term.

7 November 2015

A Transgender Woman in Aceh, Indonesia Gathers Strength as New Anti-Gay Sex Laws Roll Out

“I believe Islam is very tolerant on these issues,” the LGBT activist says. “I believe in God, and God loves. Those who cast us out aren’t God.”

It May Be Legal Now, But Many Chinese Say They Can't Afford a Second Child Anyway

China announced at the end of October that it was scrapping its infamous one-child policy. Many Chinese netizens didn't exactly greet the news with cheers.

6 November 2015

Why Did the Giant Ears Cross the Road? To Protest State Surveillance in Macedonia

Global Voices Advocacy

The wiretap "bombshells" released by opposition party leaders almost one year ago revealed that the communications of more than 20,000 individuals in Macedonia had been secretly recorded.

5 November 2015

Iran Has Departed From Quranic Punishments Before, Despite What Hardliners Say

Leading clerics have spoken in the past about the need for flexibility given modern necessities, but hardliners continue to use unyielding adherence to Quranic principles as a political tool.

4 November 2015

Netizen Report: The Mexican Cybercrime Law That Wasn’t

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Basic Rights Suspended as Maldives Declares State of Emergency for 30 Days

"Foreign observers should know about #Maldives: 1) There were never any IEDs. It's a #ManufacturedCrisis 2) There was never a democracy"

3 November 2015

A National Hotline Encourages Chinese to Report Suspected Spies

Netizens theorized the hotline is meant foment distrust among Chinese. "Prelude to the Cultural Revolution," one Weibo user wrote.

29 October 2015

Indian Scholars Return Their National Awards to Protest Rising Intolerance

"We have never seen an atmosphere like this in India before. There never was any fear to freely voice one’s opinions."

Ukrainian Official Dismissed for Using Russian Email Service for Official Correspondence

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Ukrainian authorities believe that using Russian email services could potentially "jeopardize the country's information security" in view of the ongoing information war between Ukraine and Russia.

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