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· August, 2017

Stories about Law from August, 2017

31 August 2017

India’s Latest Internet Shutdown Hits Haryana and Punjab

Advox

According to the New Delhi-based Software Freedom Law Centre, India has seen 106 internet shutdowns since 2012.

Netizen Report: Vietnam Targets ‘Illegal Cyber Information’ — and Political Speech

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world.

India’s Supreme Court Says Privacy Is a Fundamental Right. How Did This Happen?

Advox

A series of citizen petitions attempting to challenge the implementation of India's Aadhaar biometric ID system preceded the historic court decision.

An Indian Transgender Couple Receives Death Threats After Announcing Plans to Marry and Adopt

"We too have the same rights to live in this world, as you all are having...We aren't disturbing anyone else. In fact, we've to fight a lot to survive itself."

30 August 2017

Rape Conviction of an Indian Cult Chief Leaves Millions of Followers in Limbo

As the chief headed to court in Panchkula with a convoy of 700 cars, thousands of followers gathered on the streets of Haryana and Punjab in support of their 'godman.'

Guatemala's Top Court Rules President Can't Expel Anti-Corruption Commissioner

Guatemalans headed back to the streets to celebrate the court's decision and demand that the president step down.

The Evolution of China's Great Firewall: 21 Years of Censorship

Advox

Technically speaking, circumvention technologies have outwitted the Great Firewall. Yet the new legal regime has changed the rules of the game.

28 August 2017

Chinese Tech Firms Are at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence — But at What Cost?

Advox

China has a more open attitude toward new technology, but is their success built upon a lack of awareness of individual rights?

27 August 2017

Cambodia Shutdown of Media Outlets: Tax and Licensing Issue or Censorship?

Advox

"It appears that the Cambodian government has been using legal technicalities to hide behind its real aim of silencing independent voices."

China to Ban Anonymous Online Comments, Blacklist Users

Advox

"With or without real name registration, they know who you are. What they intend to do is to make you fearful."

25 August 2017

Venezuelan Government Wants to Regulate Hatred on Social Media

Advox

Today, with an all-powerful ANC composed solely of representatives from the governing party, it seems unlikely that anything will be able to stop the law from being approved.

Chinese Police Arrested a Man for Complaining About Hospital Food. Netizens Say It’s Police Abuse.

Advox

Even state-affiliated media outlets are criticizing police actions against a man who publicly complained about the price and quality of food at a state hospital.

24 August 2017

‘Privacy is a Fundamental Right': Advocates Hail India's Supreme Court Ruling

Advox

The ruling followed multiple citizen petitions that challenged the government's move to make Aadhaar -- India's national digital ID system -- mandatory for various social welfare benefits.

18 August 2017

‘You Can Lock Up Our Bodies, But Not Our Minds': Hong Kong Court Sends 16 Activists to Prison

Advox

"The appeal and jail sentence is a form of institutional violence and political suppression – it has ‘created’ the youngest group of political prisoners since the handover."

17 August 2017

In Tunisia's ‘State of Emergency’, a New Police Protection Law Could Allow More Abuse — With Impunity

Advox

Supported by the interior ministry and police unions, the bill is being criticized by human rights groups.

Palestinian Journalists Become First Targets of Controversial Cybercrime Law

Advox

The journalists were accused of "leaking information to hostile entities" under a newly-adopted cybercrime law.

12 August 2017

Jamaica Police Review Absolves Officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion

The Jamaican Constabulary Force's assessment of its actions during the 2010 state of emergency is being interpreted as "defensive and dismissive in a manner that is not appropriate or useful."

10 August 2017

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood

Advox

The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

6 August 2017

Thai Journalist and Two Other Critics of Military-Led Government Face Sedition Charges Over Facebook Posts

Advox

"I will continue to criticize the illegitimate military regime until they take away my smartphone."

3 August 2017

Will Palestine's New Cybercrime Law Pave the Way for More Rights Violations?

Advox

The law places several restrictions on free expression through vague terms like "social harmony", "state security" and "public order".

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