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Stories about Law

4 August 2019

Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire make legal strides for women and children’s rights 

In July 2019, Mozambique and Cote d'Ivoire were the latest countries in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen marriage laws to empower girls and women. But implementation and enforcement remain a challenge.

2 August 2019

Cannabis advocates petition Trinidad & Tobago parliament to enact existing medical marijuana legislation

Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Health has never exercised its power to issue cannabis licences "for medicinal or scientific purposes”; supporters of marijuana legalisation think it's long overdue.

It's Emancipation Day in Trinidad & Tobago — but is the country free?

"This emancipation embrace the fullness and richness of who you are, where you came from, the blood and history that's in your veins."

1 August 2019

The Gambia's truth commission continues to confront abuses under past president's regime

"Between 1994 to 2016, under President Yahya Jammeh’s regime, Gambian citizens suffered numerous human rights violations. These included murder, extrajudicial killings, torture, enforced disappearances, physical assaults..."

Trinidad and Tobago prime minister refuses to impeach embattled chief justice

"The conclusion I have reached in all the circumstances is that [there is] an insufficient basis, in fact, to warrant [...] that the chief justice's removal ought to be investigated."

31 July 2019

Pro-China forum's plan to troll Hong Kong protesters foiled after doxxing retaliation

Advox

Pro-China forum members quickly halted their plan to troll Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters after their personal information, including identity card number and bank record was exposed online.

30 July 2019

New book presents rarely researched aspects of Myanmar's political and media transition

"But as many of the contributors noted, while the space for expression did open up, the threats against journalists and activists did not reduce."

26 July 2019

Guy Fawkes makes cameo appearance on hacked Trinidad and Tobago government websites

More than a dozen Trinidad and Tobago government web sites were defaced in what is likely the largest single hacking exploit the country has seen.

24 July 2019

Trinidad & Tobago's history of government relations with gang leaders exposed

A local newspaper exposé shows how government contracts have contributed to the flourishing of gang culture in Trinidad and Tobago.

22 July 2019

Armed mobs attack anti-extradition protesters in a suburban Hong Kong subway station

"At least 45 people were hospitalized and one was left in critical condition as a result of the mob attack."

21 July 2019

Hong Kong anti-extradition protests evolve into district-level demonstrations

With no end in sight, Hong Kong's anti-extradition protests have evolved into a series of demonstrations in local districts.

Philippine vice president and other Duterte critics charged with sedition

"The charges are meant to silence and persecute human rights lawyers, opposition leaders, and the church, and to send a message to anyone who dares to criticize this administration."

20 July 2019

Fake news about “human sacrifices” for the Padma Bridge leads to violence in Bangladesh

Eight people have been detained across Bangladesh for spreading ‘Human heads and blood will be sacrificed for Padma Bridge pillars’ rumors on Facebook.

19 July 2019

Netizen Report: In Nigeria and Russia, laws against online ‘insult’ put internet activists on thin ice

Advox

Activists in Nigeria and Russia face charges for "online insult", a Twitter campaign targets "anti-Pakistan" journalists abnd Mauritania’s internet is back on, for now.

Former news anchor threatened for speaking out on crime in Trinidad and Tobago

Tired of the spiralling crime in her community, former national news anchor Coleen Holder continues to speak out, despite death threats against her.

18 July 2019

Brazil's top court criminalizes homophobia and transphobia

"We believe that punitivism should not be the way for regulation, but since we live in a society tha only reorganizes itself with laws, it is an important decision."

17 July 2019

Could polygraph testing for Trinidad & Tobago police help create more public trust?

With an increasing crime rate, the idea is to help make officers more accountable and rekindle public faith in the police service.

How Nigeria uses the law to repress free speech: The case of journalist Jones Abiri

Advox

Draconian legislation often used to arbitrarily detain journalists and dissenting voices exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

In Bangladesh, a rickshaw ban for major Dhaka city roads spurs protests and debate

A rickshaw ban on three major roads in Dhaka city saw a huge protest from the rickshaw-pullers and some netizens who use this convenient mean of transport.

15 July 2019

A prolific theatre producer is one of the latest victims in Trinidad and Tobago's homicide spiral

Tributes are pouring in across social media channels following the death of this local theatrical icon.