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· June, 2015

Stories about Law from June, 2015

16 June 2015

Russian Lawmakers Vote to Support First Draft of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Law

RuNet EchoAdvox

Only one Russian lawmaker voted against the new draft law, with other members of parliament overwhelmingly supporting the "right to be forgotten" regulations for search engines.

Zambia's Government Plans to Buy Police Cars That Cost Half a Million Dollars Each

"[D]o these vehicles refuel themselves, do they also stop crime on their own..are they automated cops?"

15 June 2015

Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Advox

Global Voices speaks to Tom Rhodes, the East Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the state of freedom of expression online in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Human Rights Activist Begins Hunger Strike for Migrants in Front of Macedonian Parliament

John Oliver 2, Jack Warner 0: Trinidad & Tobago Is #ROTFL

The comedy keeps on coming as funny man John Oliver challenges beleaguered ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner to a game of one-upmanship in "shit-talking videos".

13 June 2015

If Online Comments Are Any Evidence, China Has an Anti-African Racism Problem

"Many will spew hate online to feel better about themselves but will genuinely be excited to meet a black person in real life."

12 June 2015

Ugandan Authorities Jail Facebook User for “Offensive” Comments About President Musveni

Advox

Robert Shaka, a Ugandan IT specialist, is in jail for allegedly running the controversial TVO-Uganda Facebook page which is critical of Ugandan government.

Ex-FIFA Exec Jack Warner Unintentionally Strikes ‘Comedic Gold’ With His Response to John Oliver

How many more inadvertently ROFL-inducing videos will Jack Warner release? This one's in reaction to John Oliver's roast of the ex-FIFA VP on Trinidad and Tobago television.

Indonesian Groups Rally Online to Demand Justice for Slain Environmentalist

Following a controversial statement by a spokesperson from Indonesia's Navy, various groups united to form "Solidaritas4Jopi," refuting speculation that Peranginangin's killer could have acted in self-defense.

11 June 2015

Russia Moves Forward on ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Bill Despite Industry Protests

RuNet EchoAdvox

Lawmakers insist on adopting the new legislation that would require search engines in Russia to delete links to information and content online based on user requests.

Samsung Allegedly Agrees to Comply with Russia's Data-Localization Law

RuNet Echo

Speculation that Samsung will bow to Russia’s new data-localization demands comes amid rumors that other prominent tech companies have agreed to move users' data to servers in Russia.

9 June 2015

Wrongfully Detained at a Psych Ward, Trinidadian Cheryl Miller Gets Justice

"One of the greatest acts of bullying executed by members of the public service with the oversight of the line Minister."

6 June 2015

Why the US Indictments Against FIFA Must Be About Corruption

The Bridge

There has been much discussion about the United States' motivation behind the FIFA arrests - so is it a power grab or is it about doing the right thing?

Russian Activist Dons Stilettos and Dog Collar to Protest ‘Sadists’ Law’

RuNet Echo

Submitted to the Duma in late May, the legislation would expand the circumstances under which guards can use force when confronting anything from a prison break to a disobedient prisoner

5 June 2015

What Drives a Single Mother in China to Starve Her Daughter to Death?

Xiang Heping wept in an interview that she tied up her 9-year-old daughter and deprived her of food and water for six days as punishment for doing poorly in school.

4 June 2015

An 8-Year-Old Schoolgirl's Murder Has Taiwan Debating the Death Penalty

Despite having ratified certain international covenants, Taiwan continues to practice capital punishment, with the approval of the majority of Taiwanese.

On Assisted Dying Ruling By a South African Court

3 June 2015

How Ukrainian Activists Are Fighting Corruption in Courts Using YouTube

RuNet Echo

"Open Court," a group of lawyers and human rights activists, are taking it upon themselves to fight pervasive corruption in the judiciary with online videos, live streams, and legal expertise.

China's Internet Police Launch ‘Speech Inspections’, Chill Critical Voices

Advox

The launch of the "Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement" program implies a more coordinated effort in the incrimination of online speech.

1 June 2015

How Safe Are Internet Search Engines from Russian Censorship?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Saddling Internet search engines in Russia with new regulations raises special concerns, given Moscow's recent track record for reinterpreting Internet laws in ways that inhibit civic freedoms online.