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· July, 2021

Stories about Law from July, 2021

LGBTQI+ community celebrates the first legal same-sex partnership in Montenegro

The registration of the first same-sex marriage is a historic step for the community in Montenegro, though homosexuality remains a sensitive issue.

Hong Kong hands down first guilty sentence on terrorism and inciting secession charges under national security law

The special High Court's judgement was based on 'all the relevant circumstances' and the undisputed understanding that the slogan was 'capable of' inciting others to commit secession.

Government announces new media regulations that could further constrain freedom of expression in Turkey

A number of government statements issued this week in Turkey signal a further decline on media freedom.

Global investigation reveals Pegasus Project identified in Azerbaijan and elsewhere

Around 1,000 phone numbers belonging to users in Azerbaijan were identified, among them, prominent journalists, editors, rights defenders, lawyers, political activists, as well as their friends and family members.

The “ticket to happy life” politics of Indian marriages in the context of dowry-related violence

The recent death of 24-year-old medical student Vismaya Nair in the Indian state of Kerala has sparked widespread outrage and renewed discussions over dowries and domestic violence in India.

CARICOM bristles at international community's slight as Haiti installs a new prime minister

An international Core Group's call for Jovenel Moïse's prime ministerial nominee to form a “consensual and inclusive government” struck a sour note with CARICOM, but he's been installed, anyway.

‘Courage is accumulative,’ said director of Hong Kong protest documentary at 2021 Cannes Festival

"This is a paradox, only if I stay in Hong Kong I can enjoy freedom, a freedom to overcome fear."

Hong Kong will pass a tough anti-doxxing law that may curb freedom of information

The internet sector has expressed concerns about the vague definition of doxxing, the extension of criminal liability to tech companies and their employees and the extraterritorial implications of the amendment.

Azerbaijani Director who justifies sexual assault faces backlash, no repercussions

A man named Tural Safarov, shared a video message on July 6, targeting Azerbaijani women and justifying sexual harassment.

Image of marijuana leaves on an energy drink creates debate in Mozambique

The authorities claim that the drink encourages cannabis consumption, which is prohibited in Mozambique.

Macau bans 21 opposition candidates from campaigning for the Legislature

A handshake with the ex-chairman of the Hong Kong Democratic Party was presented as evidence to disqualify Antonio Ng from Macau political office.

Georgia mourns the death of a journalist

Known among his TV Pirveli colleagues as Lekso, journalist and cameraman Aleksandre Lashkarava, 37, was found dead in his apartment on July 11 in Tbilisi.

Malaysian artists and activists face probe over a short film depicting police brutality

"These ongoing harassments against activists, journalists, and artists attempt to silence our voice and deflect the public pressure on the prevalent cases of custodial death in the past few months."

Will President Moïse's assassination bring stability or unleash even more chaos in Haiti?

Moïse's killing comes just five months after the speech in which he claimed his political invincibility, making him the first sitting president to be assassinated in Haiti’s modern political history.

Hong Kong Government defines assault on police as “lone wolf terrorism”

Hong Kong authorities define an assault on a police officer as a “lone-wolf style act of domestic terrorism” and claimed that the man had been radicalized by hate speech.

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