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Stories about Law

11 February 2020

Rising prices, heavy taxation threaten sustainability of age-old art in Punjab, India

The famous decorative inlay wood carving art of Hoshiarpur in Punjab, India is in decline because of an increase in the price of Shisham wood.

10 February 2020

Slow progress on Moldova's thorny judicial reforms

Last year, disputes over judicial reform brought down Moldova's coalition government. Now the country's new rulers bring new proposals — which experts fear are designed to keep prosecutors under political...

9 February 2020

Controversy in Malaysia: Do Facebook posts about the coronavirus amount to ‘circulating rumors’?

Advox

"...while I agree some restrictions are necessary in times of crisis, dragging someone under the Penal Code is unjustified. Restrictions need not be through punitive measures in this case."

7 February 2020

Tanzania slapped with US travel ban, individual sanctions amid deteriorating human rights situation

Tanzania's inclusion in the US travel ban speaks to intensifying diplomatic strain between the two countries due to Tanzania's rapid decline in human rights.

6 February 2020

Nigeria's digital ID scheme may benefit those ‘with access'— but what about everyone else?

Advox

"Without an adequate data privacy or protection law, how can we safeguard against some of the greatest risks that such a system could incur?"

3 February 2020

Newly elected Mozambican MP who lacks upper limbs plans to focus on education

"I believe that by being here in the great chamber I will encourage and inspire many people by the things I will do during my mandate."

1 February 2020

‘Mario Kart’ cosplay company crashes and burns after appealing Nintendo ruling

Patrons were encouraged to dress up in costumes provided by Maricart as characters from Nintendo's popular 'Mario Kart' series and 'race' around the city, but those days are over.

To apply for a national ID card in Iran, members of ‘unrecognized’ religious minorities now need to deny their faith

The removal of the "other religions" option from the national ID card application form essentially bars members of certain religious minorities from full citizenship.

31 January 2020

Remembrance for femicide victims in Trinidad & Tobago raises awareness of gender-based violence

The gathering highlighted several key issues, including the need for better support systems, updated legislation and social reformation programmes to inspire cultural change.

30 January 2020

How Zimbabwe's biometric ID scheme — and China’s AI aspirations — threw a wrench in elections

Advox

Some citizens were told that if they didn't register and submit their biometrics, they might be barred from voting.

29 January 2020

In Dhaka's mayoral election, environmental promises undermined by plastic campaign posters

City Corporation elections will be held in Dhaka on February 1, 2020. Netizens are concerned about the use of laminated posters in the election campaign which poses a threat to...

24 January 2020

This Nigerian human rights lawyer wins second order of restraint against government

Advox

Lawyer Gloria Ballason has experienced ongoing intimidation and harassment by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, amid a growing crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent in Nigeria. 

21 January 2020

Redemption Song: My journey to marijuana activism

The Bridge

"Ganja has been a source of inspiration, meditation and medication on my journey as a mixed-race, working-class Caribbean woman trying to make a way in this capitalist world."

20 January 2020

Baul singer Shariat Sarkar arrested in Bangladesh for ‘insulting’ Islam

Advox

Baul singer Shariat Sarkar is accused of making comments which hurt the “religious sentiment” of Muslims. He says that there is no evidence forbidding music in Islam.

18 January 2020

Is there more to the Caribbean's single-use plastics ban than meets the eye?

The move to go plastic-free is timely. According to the United Nations, 70 to 85 percent of marine litter in the Caribbean originates from land, and the lion's share is...

16 January 2020

New privacy law in Mozambique threatens freedom of expression, activists say

Advox

New legislation criminalizes all types of invasion of privacy via mobile phones, and the publication of images or videos of third parties without their consent.

11 January 2020

Thai journalist convicted over a 2017 Twitter post about a labor conflict

Advox

"There is a high level of self-censorship in Thailand… When you forbid freedom of expression… you forbid an open society."

10 January 2020

Sudan needs strong network neutrality laws to match its growing internet boom

Advox

As internet access becomes more available to a wider range of Sudanese citizens, a lack of net neutrality regulations means that violations in Sudan occur easily and often.

9 January 2020

Belize's new fisheries bill: A ‘model for how to manage marine resources’

Belize has been working toward this legislation for nearly a decade, partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund to ensure both its integrity and that it addresses resulting concerns.

Is Taiwan an unrecognized country?

"While today the international community is happy to maintain the current status-quo when dealing separately with Taiwan and China, certain political forces in both places are advocating for a change."