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· May, 2015

Stories about Law from May, 2015

8 May 2015

Ukraine Is Banning ‘Communist Symbols’ and the Kremlin Is Peeved

RuNet Echo

Ukraine has moved to restrict the use of Communist and Nazi symbols in a bid to part with the country's Soviet past. Not everyone is happy.

Singapore Shuts Down News Website on World Press Freedom Day

Advox

"The (government's) draconian measures...legitimize excessive intervention by the state and set a precedent for the diminution of our online space."

7 May 2015

Did a Journalist Save a Chechen Teenager from Marrying a 57-Year-Old Police Captain? No.

RuNet Echo

Last week, we reported that a journalist had succeeded in preventing a Chechen teenager from being married against her will. It now appears the marriage will go through, after all.

6 May 2015

How Twerking May Destroy a Russian Small Business

RuNet Echo

A Russian cosmetics company is using a scandalous dance in its marketing, and a Russian politician says the ad commits a “depraved act” against minors.

Chinese People Seem to Love Uber. Chinese Authorities? Not So Much

Authorities raided Uber offices in China twice in one week as part of a crackdown on unlicensed taxis. Some believe the real reason is to wipe out a foreign competitor.

5 May 2015

The Dilemmas of Bahrain's Opposition Group Alwefaq: Between Fragmentation and an Underground Movement

The largest opposition group in Bahrain is on the verge of being shut down. Alwefaq Society members are expressing contradicting opinions on the the implications of its closure.

4 May 2015

A US Lawyer Who Defends Puerto Rico's Political Prisoners

Jan Susler has been practicing law for the past 39 years. She specializes in prisoner’s rights, police misconduct, and civil rights. GV talked to Susler about her long career.

Hong Kong Civic Groups Demand Legal Protections Against Mobile App Surveillance

Advox

Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates fear that police have been monitoring instant messages and chat apps with no government oversight.

3 May 2015

The Wayúu Indigenous Community in Colombia and Venezuela Is Dying of Thirst

The main river running through the community's region was dammed with its water privatized for the world's largest coal mine and commercial agriculture.

Indian Minister Says #MaritalRape Does Not Count

"Dear minister, if marriage is sacred, does that make #MaritalRape sacred too?"

1 May 2015

Baltimore Riots Remind Caribbean Diaspora That #Black Lives Matter

The riots in Baltimore is the latest chapter of a seemingly endless story of police aggression towards young black men in the US.