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· September, 2017

Stories about Law from September, 2017

29 September 2017

Sri Lanka Condemns Mob Attack Against Rohingya Refugees by Buddhist Monks

"I condemn these actions as a Buddhist who is very proud of the fact that Buddhism is a religion of non-violence & compassion."

A 20 Billion Dollar Trade Agreement Between China and Guinea Raises Concerns

"Will this be a mutual agreement? At the moment, we are hanging on the government's every word as they negotiate this without providing many details."

28 September 2017

Malaysia Detained Turkish Scholar Mustafa Akyol for ‘Unauthorized Teaching’ of Religion

"By policing religion, authorities are not really protecting it. They are only enfeebling their societies, raising hypocrites and causing many people to lose their faith in or respect for Islam."

26 September 2017

Despite Censorship, a Former Chinese Soldier Brags of His War Crimes Online

Advox

On WeChat, Zhang boasted of killing a woman and raping her teenage daughter in the Sino-Vietnamese War.

25 September 2017

After Years of Cultural Appropriation, Mayan Weavers Want Legal Protection for Their Heritage

The Bridge

“...our work is not being valued [...] Rather, there has been an appropriation and a commodification of the culture and the designs.”

Ayotzinapa: It's Been Three Years Since 43 Students Disappeared in Mexico

Three years and three prosecutors later, calls for justice for the Ayotzinapa case have been drowned out in a sea of scandals surrounding the Mexican government.

23 September 2017

Is Ex-Soviet Georgia Backsliding on Justice?

The Bridge

While Georgia still scores respectably in international rule of law rankings, public confidence in the justice system is dipping.

20 September 2017

Netizen Report: Germany’s New Social Media Law Puts a Price on Hate Speech

Advox

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

18 September 2017

In Ukraine, Fears of ‘Technological Terrorism’ Cause Free Expression to Decline

Advox

State of Internet freedom in Ukraine is a reflection of challenges brought to free speech and independent reporting under the conflict settings, explains legal expert Olga Kyryliuk.

17 September 2017

Mexico's Appeal for an Impartial Federal Prosecutor General

Mexico's ruling party wants one of its members to become the Federal Prosecutor General. Many believe this represents a conflict of interest.

13 September 2017

Twitter Tells Kashmiri Journalists and Activists That They Will Be Censored at Indian Government's Request

Advox

"It is an attempt at intimidating those who post the truth that will never be shown by Indian media."

Taiwanese Activist Was Forced to Confess on Camera to ‘Smearing the Chinese Government,’ Allies Say

Advox

"...if you see Lee Mingche confess against his will in court....please forgive him. This is just another drama staged by the Chinese government."

China Makes Chat Group Administrators — i.e. Regular Users — Criminally Liable for Unlawful Messages

Advox

Chat group administrators are becoming a key human resource in China's internet control infrastructure.

11 September 2017

At Twitter's Tokyo Office, Protesters Stomp on Hateful Tweets

Advox

About one hundred demonstrators gathered outside Twitter Japan's Tokyo headquarters to demand that the company do more to rein in harassment and hate speech on its network.

An Immigrant, Activist and Attorney's Hard Truths on DACA

The Bridge

DACA's beneficiaries must feel a deep sense of betrayal. But it is equally important that we demand more than the continuation of policies that provided only fragile and temporary benefits.

6 September 2017

Cambodia Daily Closes Down After Government Threatened It with Hefty Tax Bill

Advox

"Cambodia lost a significant aspect of its media diversity. It lost a training ground for a generation of Khmer journalists. It lost a beacon of free speech."

On WhatsApp, Fake News Is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

Advox

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

5 September 2017

Jamaica’s New Anti-Crime Strategy Gets a Cautious Thumbs up, at Least for Now

Jamaicans are fed up with the rise in violent crime, prompting the government to pass legislation designating special zones in which security forces have additional powers to curb crime.

1 September 2017

Public Trust in Justice Takes Another Knock With Arrest of Former Trinidad & Tobago Attorney General

"We caution members of the public to reserve comment until after a court of law has pronounced."

The Complicated Morality of a Mixed Martial Arts Fight Club for Impoverished Chinese Boys

"Letting the kids be trained to participate in underground combat and to entertain the gamblers, this is the right path? My god!"

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