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· April, 2016

Stories about Law from April, 2016

29 April 2016

Tackling Child Marriage in India, One Wedding Tent at a Time

"How can we call ourselves progressive where such evil custom of society thrives."

27 April 2016

European Union Slams China Over Missing Hong Kong Booksellers

"The case involves a serious violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and raises grave concerns about the rule of law under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle..."

Mexico’s Controversial ‘Telecom Law’ Is Now in the Supreme Court’s Court

Advox

"In a country with a serious democratic deficit and in which public officials are responsible for attacks on journalists and dissidents, these measures could be used to pursue uncomfortable opinions."

26 April 2016

Russian Prosecutor General Accuses ‘Right Sector’ of Using Social Media to Overthrow the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

The Russian Prosecutor General claims that Ukrainian nationalist group "Right Sector" used the Russian social network VKontakte to organize "mass riots and unsanctioned public events."

25 April 2016

A University Professor Is Hacked to Death, Another Victim of Deadly Intolerance in Bangladesh

Advox

Rezaul Karim Siddique joins a long list of intellectuals, bloggers and foreigners who have lost their lives in similar killings purportedly carried out by Islamist militants.

23 April 2016

Jamaica's Christian Conservatives Point Fingers at International Agencies Over Comprehensive Sex Education

"How can [...] advocates and health practitioners who understand the real world and people of faith [...] reach a point of common understanding for the benefit and welfare of all?"

Malaysia Will Likely Force ‘Political Blogs’ and News Websites to Register With the Government

Advox

Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, adding that the move reverses Malaysia's earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.

20 April 2016

New App Helps Citizens Find Out What Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Know About Them

Advox

Access My Info generates a letter for users to send to relevant privacy officers of internet service providers and mobile phone companies to request data about themselves.

Maybe You Shouldn't Be Laughing at the Viral Video of a Chinese Toddler Defending His Grandma

"If your family is humiliated and bullied, wouldn't you stand up to help them? I don't understanding what you are laughing at."

18 April 2016

One Trinidadian Gymnast's Olympic Dream Is Killed, While Another's Is Born

The cut and thrust in the gymnastics fraternity as Trinidad and Tobago tries to qualify for its first Olympic place in the sport is startling.

17 April 2016

Jamaicans Aren't Feeling the Neighbourly Love From Trinidad and Tobago's Airport Border Control

There is supposed to be free movement of CARICOM nationals throughout the region, but Jamaicans keep getting denied entry -- particularly in Trinidad.

Tanzania's Cybercrime Act Makes It Dangerous to “Insult” the President on Facebook

Advox

Tanzanian netizen Isaac Habakuk Emily is accused of posting a controversial Facebook message "insulting" the president of Tanzania.

15 April 2016

LGBT Activists Arrested at Bengali New Year March, Later Released

Advox

Police held five persons for reportedly suspicious behaviour, alleging that they were trying to initiate a "gay rally".

Cambodian Human Rights Group Criticizes Telecoms Law

Advox

Some observers suspect that the law reflects the ruling party's desire to stifle online discussions as elections approach in 2017 and 2018.

Taiwanese Travelers Are Wary After China Flexes Its Long Arm in Kenya

"This incident is terrifying...We could be deported to China if the Chinese government claims that we violated Chinese law (even though we didn't violate any law in the third country)."

12 April 2016

There's Nothing Orthodox About the Way These Russian Priests Get Around

RuNet Echo

Prosecutors in Nizhny Novgorod are investigating a curious helicopter landing that took place on a highway outside the city. The case involves dashcam footage and men dressed as priests.

10 April 2016

Chinese Students Face Online Debt Trap

Government-run People’s Daily said parents should "guide their [children's] thoughts, cultivate their financial literacy and raise their consciousness of risk."

7 April 2016

Secular Activist Targeted and Killed in Bangladesh

Advox

The 28-year-old law student was murdered by three assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 7, 2016. The young man was most likely targeted for his critiques of religious conservatism.

Russian Censors Have New Advice for Media Outlets On How to Cover Suicide

RuNet Echo

Roscomnadzor's advice to Russian media outlets reporting on instances of suicide is based on recommendations from the WHO, but needs "more work" to be in line with the Russian legislation.

6 April 2016

Maldives Media Crackdown Triggers Forced Newspaper Closure, Journalist Arrests

Advox

Riot police used brute force and pepper spray and strip-searched both male and female journalists, who hailed from several local media organizations.