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· March, 2017

Stories about Law from March, 2017

31 March 2017

Russian Web Censor Cracks Down Ahead of Next Anti-Corruption Protests

RuNet Echo

In the wake of the largest opposition protests since 2011-12, Russia's prosecutor general is cracking down on the organizers of demonstrations planned for April 2.

30 March 2017

Netizen Report: India Had 31 Internet Shutdowns in 2016. How Many Did Your Country Have?

Advox

Venezuelan independent media sites suffer online attacks, Japan may use mass surveillance to punish “preparations” for crime, and the UK calls for backdoors on encrypted messaging apps.

29 March 2017

Hong Kongers Say Beijing and Police ‘Incited’ the 2014 Pro-Democracy Movement, Not Protest Leaders

"I am one of the Occupy protesters and I was incited by the police’s decision to fire 87 rounds of tear gas [at demonstrators]."

28 March 2017

RuPaul on the RuNet: ‘Drag Race’ Catches on in Russia

RuNet Echo

It’s dramatic, it’s campy, it’s gay, and it comes with Russian subtitles: meet the translators bringing RuPaul's Drag Race to the Russian-language Internet.

Uganda's Assistant Inspector General Is the Third Government Official Murdered in As Many Years

After a high ranking police officer is gunned down, Uganda's president has called for the country's police force to be cleaned up, saying it has been "infiltrated by thugs".

27 March 2017

For One Somalia-Born UK Citizen, Brexit Is a “Point of No Return”

The Bridge

"This is not the England I grew up in, the one I wanted so much to belong to."

23 March 2017

Netizen Report: Why Did YouTube Censor Your Videos? You May Never Know.

Advox

A Brazilian blogger is forced to identify his sources, Iran cracks down on speech pre-election, and Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission hears testimony from bloggers persecuted under Ben Ali.

Is Kazakhstan's President a Dictator? You Decide.

The Bridge

In a recent discussion with a hand-picked selection of journalists, Nazarbayev took pains to explain why Asian societies aren't always suited to democracy.

Is Jamaica Preventing Cybercrime or Cyber Activism? The Tambourine Army Goes to Court

Advox

"Making threats through social media is a criminal offence, but making accusations is not. In interpreting the new act, the courts must ensure [...] the right to freedom of expression.”

Russian Opposition Leader Offers European Court Shield to Thousands

RuNet Echo

Citing his group's past success, Alexey Navalny implies that coming out to demonstrate against corruption could net as much as 10,000 euros for each person wrongly detained and fined.

22 March 2017

Angola Is on Its Way to Ban Abortion Entirely and Women Are Fighting Back

Angola could join the handful of countries in the world which currently ban abortion in all cases.

21 March 2017

Jamaican Activist Arrested Under Cybercrime Law Amid Her Campaign Against Sexual Violence

Advox

"If the Tambourine Army believe they have exhausted all avenues of ‘proper’ ways to advocate, then I say do what you must, but please don’t give up the fight."

Chinese Lawmakers Seek to Protect Dead Communist Heroes With New Law

Critics are worried the new 'hero law' could have a chilling effect on academic and historical inquiry in China.

20 March 2017

India Fights to Bring ‘My Freedom Day’ to Its 12 Million Slaves

This year, roughly 12 million slaves in India couldn't celebrate My Freedom Day. That number could rise to 18 million, if more isn't done to help India's most vulnerable.

19 March 2017

In Northern Sri Lanka, Incidents of Military Intimidation Threaten Reconciliation

"There was clearly anger from the side of the military that people were getting their land back."

18 March 2017

A Young Policewoman's Murder Leaves Trinidad & Tobago With More Questions Than Answers

"Should we march as if we have never marched before? Write to the newspapers? Pray? I do not have any of the answers, but I fear far worse."

16 March 2017

Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Advox

Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.

St. Petersburg Investigators Agree to Review Ballot Stuffing Allegations

RuNet Echo

It doesn't happen often in Russia, but police have agreed to investigate a case of potential voter fraud from last September's elections in St. Petersburg.

13 March 2017

‘Riot Cops in a Kindergarten’: Russia's War on Religious Minorities Escalates

RuNet Echo

As a new law designed to fight terrorism takes effect in Russia, missionary work by minority Christian groups is becoming a gamble with the police.

12 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Prosecutors Sue Media for Offending President

Advox

"By advising him to sue internet publications, they are really doing him a bad turn."

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