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· August, 2015

Stories about Law from August, 2015

29 August 2015

You Stink Movement Gives Lebanese Government 72 Hours to Meet Protesters’ Demands

Lebanese protesters today gave the government a 72 hour ultimatum to meet their demands or face further protests on Tuesday.

India Has a Less-Than-Rosy Track Record on Media Freedom

The government recently threatened to pull the licenses of three news channels over criticism of the execution of Yakub Menon, convicted of the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

26 August 2015

This Is What Happened When a Ukrainian Film Director Was Sentenced to 20 Years in a Russian Prison

RuNet Echo

When Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in a high-security Russian prison on terrorism charges, Russian and Ukrainian Internet users were less than pleased.

24 August 2015

The Story of Salim Alaradi, a Canadian National of Libyan Origin Detained in the UAE

Libyan-born Canadian Salim Alaradi has been in a UAE prison for a year, with no charges or access to a lawyer. His 17-year-old daughter is campaigning for his freedom online.

Think You're So Clever, Wikipedia? Russian Censors Are Blocking You Anyway

RuNet EchoAdvox

Though Wikipedia has tried to circumvent Russian censors' demands to remove content, the Kremlin seems intent on blocking the website at all costs.

23 August 2015

Is a More Child-Friendly Bangladesh Possible?

Weighed down by heavy schoolbags and neglected by the government, is life about to get better for Bangladesh's millions of miniature citizens?

22 August 2015

Did Wikipedia Just Outsmart Russia's Internet Blacklist?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Wikipedia is trying something new in the fight against Russian censorship, and it might actually work.

Guyanese Police Officers Punished for Being Pregnant

Outdated laws in Guyana make it possible for the police service to dismiss female officers who get pregnant while on probation. Could that change sometime soon?

Indonesian Court Orders Family of Former President Suharto to Return Embezzled Funds

21 August 2015

Scammers Make Use of Mainland China's Reputation for Corruption to Con Hong Kongers

Scammers pretending to be mainland Chinese police called up Hong Kong people, telling them they were wanted fugitives in mainland China and must pay to be declared innocent.

Malaysia Considers Forcing News Websites to Register with Government, As Political Scandal Unfolds

Advox

"It is highly unlikely that this move is intended to achieve anything other than the shutting down of criticism."

19 August 2015

A Ping-Pong Table Puts Singapore's Intellectual Property Regulation Under the Spotlight

"...we feel that more can be done to encourage, respect and protect content creation. Unfortunately, limited understanding of artists’ rights and standard industry practices remains."

How One News Website Is Taking On Russia's Attorney General (and Losing)

RuNet EchoAdvox

How one small oppositionist news website has gobbled up almost half the Russian Attorney General's online censorship efforts.

Russia Blocks Euronews ISIS Video Over ‘Extremist’ User Comment

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russian censors have blocked another YouTube video, although it did not violate any Russian laws. Instead, an offending user comment under the video caused Roscomnadzor to ban the page wholesale.

17 August 2015

The Bold and the Uniformed: How New Ukrainian Police Are Taking Over Social Media

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian capital Kyiv has recently revamped its police force in an attempt to improve law enforcement's reputation, and the fresh new officers are taking social media by storm.

Human Rights Protections Weaken as Tunisia Fights Terror

Advox

Despite the PM's reassurance that "people can talk or write whatever they like," authorities have been cracking down on speech.

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars

Advox

The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.

15 August 2015

Why Is Gang Rape and Child Rape Skyrocketing in Bangladesh?

Some observers say rape and sexual harassment would rise in parallel with women empowerment since this patriarchal society denies freedom of women.

12 August 2015

As Chad’s Former Dictator Heads to Trial, Impunity for African Despots May Be Coming to an End

An extraordinary event for Africa, Hissène Habré's trial demonstrates what's maybe the beginning of a new era for the continent, where young politicians are changing the way the law works.

Will Nepal's Gadhimai Temple End Its Centuries-Old Animal Sacrifice Rituals?

News reports that the Gadhimai temple -- which hosts one of the world’s biggest massacre of animals -- will ban their centuries-old ritual of sacrifice, turned out to be wrong.