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· January, 2016

Stories about Law from January, 2016

30 January 2016

Crime in Trinidad & Tobago Brings Out Netizens’ Racial Prejudices

Are racial stereotypes so ingrained in Trinidad and Tobago that some think criminals can only be of one ethnic denomination? A dramatic robbery in Port of Spain proves that #CrimeHasNoEthnicity.

New Ukrainian Draft Bill Seeks Extrajudicial Blocking for Websites Violating Copyright

RuNet Echo

A new bill in the Ukrainian parliament wants to replace the common pre-court notice and takedown procedure for copyright violations online with a faster blocking mechanism bypassing the courts.

28 January 2016

‘Don't You Touch My Sister': Guinean Citizens Rally Against Rape

Guinean citizens took to the streets and online forums to raise awareness of sexual violence in Guinea.

Court Ruling Reignites Hope That White Collar Crime Could Actually Be Punished in Trinidad & Tobago

"With respect to the recent ruling at the Privy Council, the simple outcome is that persons who are charged with criminal offences will be made to face a trial."

26 January 2016

Childrearing Traditions and Weak Policing Are Failing Armenia’s Abused Children

Domestic violence against children continues to be overlooked and underreported in Armenia. One group of activists is doing what it can to raise awareness.

25 January 2016

After Schoolboys’ Murders, Trinidadians Slam Racial Stereotypes and Media's Sensationalism

"The blatant outright Hate has been allowed to flourish because we've stood by with heads buried deep. [...] What you allow will continue…"

Meet the Thai Facebook User Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for Insulting the Monarchy

Advox

"It made me question why Thailand is still so poor, and why the poor in Thailand are so repressed.”

Checkmate: Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Declares War on Chess

Checkmate. After Saudi Arabia's grand mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh declared playing chess is forbidden in Islam, netizens turn to Twitter to vent off

22 January 2016

Can Our Children Be Safe? Pakistanis Ask After University Attack

"This is going to be a test.. a harsh one.. comparisons will be drawn.. you can't have winners when children have been snatched from parents"

21 January 2016

‘Hands Off Our Privacy': Polish Citizens Speak Out Against Surveillance Law

Poland's parliament adopted a surveillance law that would give authorities fast access to citizens' Internet and telecommunication usage data, without prior approval from a judge.

You Don't Know Noise, If You Don't Know Trinidad and Tobago

From unbearably loud music to illegal fireworks, one civic-minded social media user in Trinidad and Tobago is taking on the "noise polluters who yearly get away with decibel crime".

20 January 2016

China Is Blocking Circumvention Tools With Help of Cloud Service Providers

Advox

Experts estimate that between 1% and 3% of China's internet users are using circumvention tool to visit overseas websites. But this could change with new restrictions.

19 January 2016

British-Iranian Journalist Tweets Her Experience Being Denied Boarding on a Flight to the US

"My fully #British daughter can't attend her #American cousin's bday cos her mum was born in #Iran," wrote Rana Rahimpour, explaining how new restrictions prevented her from boarding the flight.

How a Weapons Trafficking Case Brought Puerto Rico's Political Status Before the US Supreme Court

The US attorney general's position on Puerto Rico's status has probably turned the issue into fodder for the upcoming election season.

The Strongmen of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan Don't Want to Leave Office Anytime Soon

"Why trifle? Better to directly announce yourself immortals and ban death from coming for them."

Russian Blogger Shipilov Granted Political Asylum in Ukraine

RuNet EchoAdvox

Dmitry Shipilov, a Russian journalist and blogger sentenced to community service for insulting the governor of Kemerovo region on his blog, has been granted political asylum in Ukraine.

Arrrrrr! Putin's New Internet Advisor Tied to Online Piracy

RuNet EchoAdvox

Vladimir Putin's new Internet advisor is known as a hardliner against foreign online resources that break Russian law. Now German Klimenko has been tied to a questionable torrent tracker.

15 January 2016

An Indian Student Blogs About Being Ostracised and Bullied After Reporting Sexual Abuse

The female film student accused her professor of forcing her to have sex with him, but when she spoke up she said the student body turned on her.

13 January 2016

Two Arrested and then Released for Taking Selfies with Burning Dubai Hotel in the Background

Advox

Two men who posted their selfies on social media with Dubai's 63-storey The Address hotel on fire in the background were arrested -- and then released.

How Sharing Porn Became a Felony in Russia

RuNet EchoAdvox

While ordinary Internet users in Russia today still have no problem finding adult content, police have begun cracking down on individuals who share porn on social media and peer-to-peer networks.