· September, 2006

Stories about Law from September, 2006

Belarus: News Roundup

  19 September 2006

TOL's Belarus Blog writes about the new arrests of the opposition activists and about the “extreme and absolutely unacceptable” conditions, in which, according to the Belarusian government, Belarusian students live in the United States. Also, there's a translation of a Russian-language post about the regime's ominous reaction to an innocent...

India: Homosexuality and the Law

  18 September 2006

Homosexuality in India is illegal because of a law that is largely part of a British legacy. Vikram Seth, a prominent author has written an open letter to the Government on the issue, and this has found consent with quite a few other prominent people. Amardeep Singh on the law,...

Fiji: Safe for Tourists?

  15 September 2006

South Pacific Travel blogger David Stanely, a frequent traveler to Fiji discusses a Australian government travel advisory on Fiji and concludes that the actual situation on the ground is not as bad as the site makes it appear.

East Timor: Rock Fights

  15 September 2006

Diligence in East Timor has updates from the capital city Dili, where international police have figured out a strategy to deal with gang fights, usually involving small rocks and stones as the weapon of choice. “I believe the foreign police have adopted a slightly different strategy now. Rather than hoe...

Malaysia: Suggestions for the new IGP

  15 September 2006

Popular Malaysian blogger Jeff Ooi and podcaster Oon Yeoh have some suggestion for the newly appointed inspector general of Malaysian police in their latest podcast. The new chief is taking over at a time when the rising crime rate and police heavy-handedness has all Malaysians worried.

Indonesia: Policewoman Chang

  15 September 2006

Indonesia Matters introduces Yolla Bernanda. Yolla, whose chinese name is Chang Mei Xiang, is probably the first ethnic Chinese policewoman in Indonesia.

Singapore: Illegal Workers

  14 September 2006

Moe Moe encounters illegal workers being chased by police in a busy Singapore street and remembers her own experience as a illegal worker in another country “When you work illegally, you are always kind of scared. I mean, you can't trust your colleagues, you are afraid you will be found...

China: Government's video-censorship foiled

  14 September 2006

When a young teacher is found dead outside her apartment building in Ruian, the police report concludes suicide, but her family and students suspect a cover-up. Over a thousand people take to the streets in protest, and are met with police violence. Protestors film the clashes on their cellphones, and...

China: “strike-hard” policy

  14 September 2006

On September 11, The China Youth Daily published a breaking story about 4 students being tortured by police for 100 days because of suspected minor crime. Ai chung gives more examples of the effect of “strike-hard” policy in criminal case and urges the government to give it up(zh).

Nepal: Police Brutality

  13 September 2006

Democracy for Nepal on the right to peaceful protest and police brutality. “Is this what a grateful nation does to that community? The April Revolution might not have earned the Madhesis total equality yet, but it sure earned them the right to peacefully protest.”

Malaysia: Double Standards

  12 September 2006

Nik Nazmi in Malaysia applauds his prime minister for urging to the United States that the two Malaysian detainees in Guantanamo Bay get a fair open trial. But the blogger also questions whether Malaysia would apply the same standards to its own detainees held under the ISA (Internal Security Act).

China: Video save taskforce needed

  12 September 2006

When tens of thousands of Ruian, Zhejiang citizens came out to protest the official conclusion of an investigation into the death of high school teacher Dai Haijing, it didn't take long for the news—despite being banned from mainstream media—to flash through Chinese blogs and BBS’. When short videos were taken...

Moldova: Language and Life

  11 September 2006

Peter Myers of Adventures in Moldova writes about Moldovans’ tardiness, shares his new understanding of Moldova's language politics, and posts a letter by a Moldovan teenager, OIga: “It's hard, really and if somehow I will escape from here I will just come back to see my relatives and that’s all....

Bermuda: Safe against drugs?

  8 September 2006

An newspaper interview with an pseudonymous drug leader outlining the deficiencies of the authorities in charge of securing Bermuda's ports and borders leaves Sean disheartened: “What would be interesting would be for a spot test. Hire a consultant (secretively) to bring in contraband and see exactly how secure the airports...

Bangladesh: Police Brutality

  8 September 2006

Drishtipat discusses the difference between police brutality and the maintenance of law and order, reflecting on some recent events. “The daily newspapers of today are flooded with news of how the police force had been abusive to the people attempting to siege the EC Secretariat”

The “Morning After Pill” Debate

  8 September 2006

The Chilean Health Department has decided to give the morning-after pill, for free, to teens over 14 yeas old. This pill is popularly known in Chile as the “day after pill” (“el día después”). The pill will be given in a confidential way and without consent of the parents. The...

Malaysia: Welcoming the New IGP

  8 September 2006

Malaysian politician and blogger Lim Kit Siang congratulates the new Inspector General of Police and wonders if the new appointment would improve the deteriorating law and order situation in the country. “But the question uppermost for Malaysians is whether Musa’s promotion would make any difference in the law-and-order situation in...

Colombia: Creative Commons Launch

  7 September 2006

Alvaro Ramirez calls the Colombian launch of Creative Commons “a complete success” (ES). Colombian project lead, Carolina Botero, is asking readers to help translate and subtitle (ES) the presentation of Lawrence Lessig at the launch.

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