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· January, 2018

Stories about Law from January, 2018

After Two Decades, Will Ghana Finally Pass a Right to Information Law?

"We the people...put our faith in the system expecting them to work efficiently, fairly and impartially. But that hasn’t been the case...we continue to find ourselves in the cesspool."

Since 2016, Myanmar Courts Have Convicted 100% of People Charged Under Telecom Law 66 (d)

"Every court has given a prison sentence and none has given a fine."

Iran Suspends Thousands of Drug-Related Death Sentences After Years of Human Rights Advocacy

"Ninety percent of the prisoners on death row for drug crimes were just unfortunate mules carrying drugs to pay for their daughter’s dowry or an operation for their mother."

Netizen Report: Can Brazil’s Government Use Google to Manipulate Public Opinion?

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Rejected by Australia and Condemned to Detention in Indonesia, Refugees Protest Life in Limbo

"Australian NGOs have denounced this 'Indonesian Solution', arguing that their government is paying Jakarta “hundreds of millions of dollars to detain and warehouse asylum seekers."

#MeToo Has Hit China's Universities, Despite Efforts of Internet Censors

After months of censorship, a student's viral account of sexual misconduct by a renowned university professor has forced the discussion into the open.

Would Amnesty for Drug Kingpins Achieve Peace in Mexico? Depends Who You Ask

A presidential candidate proposes amnesty as a solution to Mexico's internal conflict. Such a proposition is not novel in the region -- nor is the controversy it sparks.

#JusticeForAsifa: A Young Girl's Murder Shocks Jammu And Kashmir Residents — But Not the National Media

Nationally, reactions to the incident have been sporadic, with many Indians refraining from commenting or staging protests against the heinous crime.

Protests Underscore the Potential Power of Iran's Access to Information Law

This is an opportune time to fully enforce efforts towards transparency after Iran's December-January protests. The first step must be a full implementation of Iran’s Access to Information law.

Changing Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's Culture Starts With Consent

"Flirting is not a crime. Forcing your attention on someone is." Trinidad and Tobago Carnival may be experiencing "a progressive cultural shift”.

‘Crimes of Solidarity’ Once Again Lead to Outcry in France

While the controversial new bill on immigration is under review by the parliament, harassment of migrants and those who dare to help them is in full throttle in France.

State of Emergency Over Worsening Crime Has Some Jamaicans Relieved — But Is It an Effective Approach?

Is a state of emergency "making progress", or is it a shot in the dark as Jamaica grapples with addressing the social and economic inequity that fuels violent crime?

The First Mobile Phone Network for Indigenous Communities in Mexico Is Under Threat

"This is the only telecommunications service that these communities have, historically they have not been covered...we believe a clear exemption for this type of operator should be in the law."

Leaked Documents Show That Ethiopia’s Ruling Elites Are Hiring Social Media Trolls (And Watching Porn)

The leaks include a list of individuals who appear to have been paid to promote the ruling coalition on social media.

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’

"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

How Will Macau's New Cybersecurity Legislation Impact Freedom of Speech?

The Macau Civil Servants Association (MCSA) called the proposal to monitor online data through binary code “arbitrary, disproportionate and illegal."

Pakistanis Demand #JusticeForZainab, 7-Year-Old Raped and Murdered in Kasur

"12 young girls, have been raped and murdered in the last one year...Failure of Pakistan’s 'Criminal Justice System' lies at the root of this public anger."

Jailed Paraguayan Activists Call Themselves Political Prisoners but the Government Disagrees

"Liberty, for me, is that all men and women have the possibility of working and living with dignity..."

Netizen Report: Fearful of ‘Fake News’, Lawmakers in France and Brazil Want to Limit Free Speech Before Elections

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

India's Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won't Fix the Problem

Instead of improving the Aadhaar system, India's unique ID authority is going after journalists who write about its flaws.

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