Stories about Law from March, 2022
‘Legendary’ voice silenced as lead singer of Jamaican reggae group Mighty Diamonds is murdered
"Tabby’s killing is as senseless as it is tragic and leaves an awful void in the Jamaican music landscape."
Unpacking India's struggle with recognizing same-sex marriage
Although India decriminalized consensual same-sex activity between adults in 2018, LGBTQ+ activists are still fighting for their rights because same-sex marriage is not recognized under Indian law.
Thai protesters march against new non-profit organization bill
"The law is being used to silence us and stop us from gathering together. But we still come together in protest and are prepared for whatever charges that follow."
Opacity and a lack of debate mark Brazil's ratification of the Budapest Convention
Experts warn that the roll-out was problematic, not least because the treaty may put citizen data in general at risk and open the way to criminalizing the work of InfoSec researchers and activists.
Keeping fakes under control: how legislation on disinformation turns into a censorship tool
In some countries, the legislative initiatives that operate with the terms fake news and disinformation become the instruments of surveillance, the silencing of voices, and the fight against dissent.
Macedonian court sentences ringleaders of a sexual predators’ Telegram group to four years in prison
Civic organizations expressed deep dissatisfaction with the "Public Room" court case verdict, claiming it revealed that the punitive policies for sexual violence in North Macedonia are insufficient, inappropriate and incomplete.
Politicians flout COVID-19 protocols before restrictions are lifted: One Jamaica for the rich and another for the poor?
Three days before restrictions were officially lifted, photographs of six senior government ministers were released: only two of the six were wearing masks as they partied, hugged and took selfies.
Recent libel judgement in Trinidad & Tobago deemed ‘a cautionary tale’
"The court must send a message that such reckless abuse of social media platforms must stop."
‘I can still hear their voice': Three women who worked for Jamaica's most vulnerable
Paying tribute to three trailblazers who stood up for the rights of fellow women and other vulnerable people, both in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
Philippines’s SIM Card Registration Act undermines privacy, online expression
The law puts vulnerable groups “at risk of tracking and targeting, increasing the chances of their private information being misused."
In Turkey, health workers mark Doctor's Day by going on strike
To mark the holiday, health workers across the country said they would be on a two-day strike starting March 14 despite earlier warnings from the Ministry of Health against the protests.
New regulations in Turkey sacrifice olive groves for mining operations
The regulations have sparked a backlash, with lawsuits filed to overrule a decision civil society believes will do long-term damage to olive groves and natural protected areas.
Women across Turkey demonstrate in annual night march
Despite government attempts to prevent demonstrations from marking International Women's Day, women across Turkey took to the streets demanding equal rights, equal pay, and better protection against gender-based violence.
Opposite ends of a tragedy: The companies involved in Trinidad & Tobago's diving deaths speak out
The diving contractor initially said that state-owned Paria Fuel Trading had been “fully supportive” throughout the rescue process. Now, a new statement places the blame squarely at Paria's doorstep.
Pandemic rules used to disperse strike of women workers in Cambodia
"Women strikers have been repeatedly and disproportionately targeted by government efforts to disperse the peaceful strike."
Redefining identities: Land encroachment in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province
Trincomalee’s claim to being at the centrality of Sri Lanka’s pluralistic and multicultural identity continues to be re-interpreted as a place homogenous to one race, one religion, one ethnicity.
Turkey is cautious in Ukraine-Russia war
Ukraine called on Turkey to close its straits to Russian warships, as Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.