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· May, 2017

Stories about Law from May, 2017

31 May 2017

Russia's Internet Censor Asked for a PornHub Premium Subscription. PornHub Gave It 10

RuNet Echo

PornHub has given Russia's Internet watchdog 10 free premium subscriptions, half of which it is giving away "for charitable purposes."

Online Trolls Attack Critics of India's Aadhaar State ID System

Advox

Critics of the Aadhaar biometric ID system are being criticized by state agencies and trolled by anonymous handles on Twitter.

30 May 2017

Police Threaten Maldivian Bloggers Abroad With Arrest Over Twitter

Advox

Four independent Maldivian bloggers and activists living overseas have been issued arrest warrants by police over the past week. Apparently, they were targeted because they promote secularism or secularists.

Old Names Dominate Nepal’s First Local Polls in 20 Years

Despite the slow counting and the continued dominance of big parties, some are cheering the victory of thousands of women candidates in Nepal's first local polls in 20 years.

29 May 2017

Croatians Are Planning a Repeat of Last Year's Massive Protests for Educational Reform

"Anyone who's thinking more than four years ahead knows that investing in education is worthwhile."

26 May 2017

In India, Medical Treatment and Justice Remain Elusive for One Survivor of Domestic Violence

“Her in-laws demanded 50,000 rupees. I couldn’t afford it. So her husband attacked her,” Rajvati's father said. Rajvati herself cannot speak because her larynx was left severed.

25 May 2017

The Long and Winding Road of Chile's Gender Identity Law

After four years of parliamentary process, Chile's Gender Identity Law goes to the Senate. And there are some big problems with the legislation.

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

Advox

Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

Cries of Impunity as Macedonia's ‘Bloody Thursday’ Parliament Attackers Get Suspended Sentences

According to members of the security forces who spoke anonymously to journalists, the attackers planned to execute people, but were deterred by the eyewitnesses filming the event on their phones.

‘We Can Finally Get Married!': Taiwan to Become First Asian Country to Recognise Gay Marriage

Taiwan's constitutional court ordered the legislature to either amend the Civil Code or introduce new provisions to recognise same-sex marriage within two years.

24 May 2017

New Database Aims to Track Rights Violations of Caribbean's Most Vulnerable Communities

The Caribbean has just launched its first online database aimed at tracking human rights violations and providing data to assist advocacy work.

22 May 2017

Panic Over Russian Online Suicide Game Sparks ‘Whale Hunt’ in China

Advox

Pro-government groups are waging a campaign against the game, and internet censors have predictably gone into overdrive.

21 May 2017

Why Doctors and Students Are Protesting Against Sri Lanka's Only Private Medical College

"It remains to be seen, if the Medical Mafia will continue to deprive the right to a private medical education for our youth."

18 May 2017

#FreeThe5KH Campaign Seeks Release of Five Detained Human Rights Activists in Cambodia

The five have been recognized as among the finalists in the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2017.

17 May 2017

Cybercrime Charges Against Jamaica's Tambourine Army Founder Dropped

Advox

Jamaica's Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped all three charges against activist La Toya Nugent, under the country's Cybercrimes Act.

The Russian State Media: Champion of Internet Freedom. (From Now On.)

RuNet Echo

With millions of Ukrainians now at risk of losing their beloved online services, Russia's state media did what it often does in unexpected geopolitical situations: it suddenly changed sides.

16 May 2017

Ukraine Sanctions VKontakte, Other Russian Social Media Websites

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed an order instructing the country's Internet providers to block several major Russian social media websites.

12 May 2017

Bangladesh's LGBT Community Launches a Blog Commemorating Slain Activists

Advox

"How can I live in this country, where if I were to be killed people would rejoice over a cup of tea that there is one less LGBT person?"

11 May 2017

Netizen Report: Draft Laws in Egypt Could Lock Down Social Media

Advox

As Egypt's parliament pushes to further restrict expression, Turkey blocks Wikipedia, Russia blocks WeChat, and the UK can't seem to stop snooping.

Law Enforcement's Selective Crackdown Curbs Indie Music Space in Hong Kong

"...the latest raid seems more like part of a well planned campaign aimed at crashing every business that does not belong to the big business."

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