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· December, 2017

Stories about Law from December, 2017

31 December 2017

If You Spent 2017 in the Caribbean, This Was The Kind of Year You Had

2017 was a bit like a rollercoaster for the Caribbean archipelago, complete with incredible highs and stomach-churning lows.

29 December 2017

From Internet Blackouts to Violent Attacks, South Asia Saw New Threats to Free Expression Online in 2017

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In 2017, South Asian countries faced growing challenges in the field of internet freedom, censorship, and freedom of expression.

27 December 2017

Don't Call “Xi the Bun” — Chinese Netizens Are Being Jailed for Chatroom Jokes

Advox

Three recent cases indicate that chatroom conversations in China are under surveillance and can be used as evidence in criminal prosecution.

22 December 2017

In Sri Lanka, Families of the Disappeared Treasure the Everyday Items Left Behind

"When we were displaced, this blazer and four sarees were all I had in a bag. This is all I have of his possessions."

20 December 2017

Is Trinidad & Tobago ‘Vindicating’ Perpetrators of Gender-Based Violence?

"How to vindicate a murder: Give it a child. Call its dead mother a monster for being cold and selfish enough to ask Justice to restrain a man..."

With Legislative Changes, Some Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Fear ‘Article 23 Is Coming to Town’

Article 23 refers to a controversial part of Hong Kong's mini-constitution that compels it to pass national security legislation against treason, secession, sedition or subversion against the mainland Chinese government.

19 December 2017

For Those Seeking Refuge in Trinidad and Tobago, State Support Is Lacking

The issue of migration is high on the global radar, but when it comes to the Caribbean region, stories of refugees and asylum-seekers have had less attention.

‘Love Wins for Today’ as Indonesian Court Rejects Petition to Criminalize Gay Sex

"Thank you the five Supreme Court justices who thwarted another effort to persecute Indonesia's LGBT people. Our fight for equality is not over, but for today #lovewins."

14 December 2017

A Legislator in Taiwan Risks a Recall for Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

Some in the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan are campaigning to recall a legislator because he supports same-sex marriage, generating a furious debate and calls for reform.

‘We Are One': Same Sex Marriage Becomes Legal Down Under

"Australia legalizing same-sex marriage today should remind us that humanity can only survive when it learns to love one and other."

12 December 2017

The Ahwazis of Iran Face Death Sentences after False Accusations of Opposing the Government

An Iranian court sentenced two Ahwazi Arab men to death and gave six others three to 25 years for the crimes of alleged membership in non-existent opposition groups.

‘Recalcitrant’ Activist Charged by Singapore Police for Organizing ‘Illegal Assemblies’

"We do not understand why the State is pursuing the seven charges against Jolovan Wham for events which were all peaceful and non-violent."

9 December 2017

Transgender Woman's Murder in Trinidad & Tobago Highlights Ostracism Faced by LGBTQ Community

"This wonderful human being, who cared so much for others, died for no reason .. other than perhaps, being different."

Victoria Becomes the First Australian State to Pass Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

As Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalise euthanasia, the country remains divided over what is being called a new, progressive trend in Australian politics.

8 December 2017

The Conviction of Another Dancehall Star Fails to Shock Crime-Weary Jamaicans

Following the incarceration of Vybz Kartel, Ninja Man is the second major dancehall artist in recent times to be convicted of murder in crime-weary Jamaica.