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· October, 2017

Stories about Law from October, 2017

30 October 2017

The Portuguese People Want Justice for Victims of Fires That Ravaged Their Country This Year

According to the European Forest Fire Information System, around 500,000 hectares of forest have burned in 2017 alone – an area roughly twice the size the district of Lisbon.

27 October 2017

Indonesian Law Makes It Easier to Disband Extremist Groups, but Could Undermine Civil Liberties

"There are many ways for the government to combat radicalism and defend social cohesion. Removing meaningful legal protections of freedom of association is not the way to do that."

26 October 2017

The Families of Trafficked Boys From India's Arwal Say Police Don't Care

"There were eight of us...They would beat us if we didn’t chop wood and not give us food...They killed four boys. And threw them in the river nearby."

23 October 2017

Thai Historian Could Face 15 Years in Prison for ‘Insulting’ a 16th-Century King

"The military regime just wants to persecute me. They can do anything. So I achieve equanimity. I’m detached. In fact I pity them. I pity those who have power."

21 October 2017

Some Kashmiris Think Indian Authorities Are Behind Braid-Chopping Attacks Against Women

"Some people believe that it is the revival of old tactics of New Delhi, creating fear psychosis in the public to divert them from the sentiment of freedom."

20 October 2017

Netizen Report: Will Egypt’s Jailed Activists Ever See Justice?

Advox

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

18 October 2017

A Conversation With the Founder of the Israeli Legal Clinic for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law

Transitional justice -- is this the future for the laws of conflict? Here is our interview with Yaël Vias Gvirsman, founder of Israel's first International Criminal and Humanitarian Legal Clinic.

17 October 2017

Tightened Security in Beijing Means Windows Ordered Shut and Bans on Knife Sales

The security measures are in place ahead of the 19th National Chinese Communist Party Congress, where the country's leadership is chosen.

13 October 2017

In Macedonia, Memories of a Crackdown on the Ajvar Culinary Tradition Remain Fresh

"Long ago, back in 2016, everything was OK in the country, except the preparation of ajvar in public spaces. 'Around ten people have been fined for making ajvar'"

12 October 2017

China's Sina Weibo Hires 1,000 Supervisors to Censor ‘Harmful Content'—Including Women's Legs

Advox

"Male users are less likely to be reported, while female users’ selfies, leg photos or waist photos that show off the success of their workouts are subjected to reduced scores."

10 October 2017

Beyond the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ of Catalonia’s Independence Referendum

Opinions on the October 1 referendum are much more diverse than might first appear.

7 October 2017

Farmers in India's Rajasthan Sit Neck-Deep in Mud to Protest Forceful Land Acquisition

"These #farmers are not begging for favors or asking for alms, they are demanding what is their genuine right."

6 October 2017

Netizen Report: LGBT People Face Online Censorship and Threats in Egypt, Jordan

Advox

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

5 October 2017

Is Free Speech an ‘Empty Promise’ in Singapore? Activists Bristle After Police Detain Performance Artist

Advox

Under Singapore’s strict Public Order Act, a single person can be held liable for participating in an illegal assembly.

2 October 2017

Spanish Court Case Tests the Challenges of Universal Jurisdiction on Syrians

"[Our legal team] will exhaust all available means and legal resources at its disposal to pursue justice for the thousands of victims of the Syrian conflict."