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· August, 2016

Stories about Law from August, 2016

27 August 2016

Lawsuit Over Facebook Post Raises Fears of Online Censorship in Bhutan

Advox

The suit against Zam revolves a family that is fighting a property dispute against well-connected business man Ap Sonam Phuntsho, who is also father-in-law to the Chief Justice of Bhutan.

24 August 2016

Independent TV Station and Two Community Radio Stations Suspended Amid Disputed Elections in Zambia

Advox

"Zambia is slowly becoming a court room. We all must be careful when we speak out on issues of national interest."

22 August 2016

Say Hello to Thailand’s New Constitution. And Say Hello Again to Thailand’s Military Rule.

By all accounts, Thailand’s new constitution boosts the dominance of the military, threatening to institutionalize even further a culture of censorship and state control over the media.

In India, a Nationalistic ‘Witch Hunt’ Targets Journalists Who Exposed #BabyLift Trafficking Operation

Advox

According to its constitution, India is a secular republic with freedom of expression, but it also prohibits anything that hurts religious or ethnic sensitivities.

18 August 2016

Exposing Discrimination or Unfair Trial by Social Media? The Case of a Workplace Hairdo in Trinidad & Tobago

"Sometimes we have to shatter the status-quo to make fundamental changes. its how things have happened for centuries. There is always a spark that ignites the change."

15 August 2016

A Black Man's At-Work Reprimand Has Trinidad & Tobago Wondering, ‘Natural Hair Not Accepted Here’?

"How a person wears his/her hair is not an internal matter Colfire. Soon you will want to dictate weight, hair colour and lightness of complexion. Poor form."

After Landmark Ruling in Belize, Human Rights Groups Hope the Caribbean Tide Is Turning Towards LGBT Equality

"Good law always reflects common sense, and common sense has prevailed in Belize."

Online Petition Against Russia's Draconian Anti-Terror Laws Tops 100K Signatures

RuNet Echo

Those who signed the online petition expressed solidarity with Russian ISPs and mobile providers who say the Yarovaya laws will hurt both the Internet industry and the RuNet users.

12 August 2016

In International Spotlight, China Convicts Human Right Lawyers and Activists on ‘Subversion’ Charges

The convicted men and women are all connected with the Beijing-based Fengrui law firm, which has a history of taking on politically controversial rights cases.

9 August 2016

Technical Difficulties and Allegations of Corruption Leave Mexicans Concerned About New Transparency Agency

Advox

A malfunctioning platform a poorly received anti-sexting campaign and serious allegations of corruption tarnish the reputation of the office of transparency and privacy in Mexico.

5 August 2016

Justice as Usual, or Attack on Free Speech? Debunking Singapore’s Contempt-of-Court Bill

Advox

"Leaving people confused over what can or can’t be said will have a chilling effect, whatever the intention of the law, further entrenching a culture of self-censorship and passive citizenship."

Iran Reportedly Executes Dozens of Sunnis in Crackdown on Prisoners of Conscience

The Iranian government has reportedly executed dozens of Sunni prisoners at Gohardasht prison, including the prominent prisoner of conscience Shahram Ahmadi.

4 August 2016

Feminism Is a Difficult Battle for Black Caribbean Women

Standing up for women's rights is tough enough without being poor, black, or marginalised. One blog will speak out for Caribbean women at the upcoming Black Feminisms Forum in Brazil.

3 August 2016

Calls to Investigate Retribution Against the Tharu Community in Nepal's Far West Grow Louder

"First their land was taken, then their freedom to live and now Tharus have been targeted for extinction by these racist hill elites"

How the Vietnamese People Reacted to the South China Sea Ruling

"Groups of riders zipped through the streets, each biker with a passenger holding up a sign that read “China get out of Vietnam”.

1 August 2016

‘This Is a 99.99 Percent Democracy’ and Other Orwellian Newspeak by Thailand's Junta

"The closer to the August referendum, the more intense intimidation gets."