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Stories about Law

19 September 2014

Minority Scholar Ilham Tohti Denies Chinese Authorities’ Accusation That He Led a Double Life at Separatism Trial

Lawyers for Ilham Tohti said the prominent Uyghur scholar was chained with leg irons and denied access to food and warm clothes while detained. The verdict is due next week.

Bahraini Human Rights Activist Maryam Al Khawaja Is Released From Prison While She Awaits Trial

Maryam Al Khawaja was arrested when she tried to enter the country to visit her jailed father, who is on his 27th day of a hunger strike.

18 September 2014

Right to Be Forgotten: A Win for Argentina's Lawsuit-Happy Celebrities?

Global Voices Advocacy

What kind of information is in the public interest? Is it possible (or desirable) to define this? Free expression attorney Ramiro Alvarez examines this question in the context of Argentina.

16 September 2014

Criticizing the Government Could Get You Arrested in Malaysia. Is it Time to Repeal the Sedition Act?

The law was passed in 1948 and it has been used ever since to harass the opposition

15 September 2014

Who Says You Can Block Google? Chinese Citizen Sues Telco, Demands Answers

Global Voices Advocacy

The Chinese government has a heavy hand when it comes to online content. But exactly which government authorities set Internet censorship policy? A citizen lawsuit against China Unicom seeks answers.

12 September 2014

Oscar Pistorius’ Verdict Ends the Biggest Social Media Event in South African History

According to Data Drive Insights, the trial is the biggest social media event in South Africa's history, producing an estimated 3.5 million tweets since Reeva Steenkamp's murder in February 2013.

11 September 2014

Right to Be Forgotten: With Free Expression Under Threat, Europe Needs a ‘Marco Civil Moment’

Global Voices Advocacy

In the second installment in our "right to be forgotten" series, Felix Treguer explains how the new EU rules affect corporations like Google -- and their impact on the public.

9 September 2014

East Timor’s “Repressive” Media Law Declared Unconstitutional

Global Voices Advocacy

East Timor journalists and human rights groups scored partial victory when the Court of Appeal ruled that the Press Law passed by parliament last May is unconstitutional.

8 September 2014

‘Anti-Selfie Bill’ Breeds Discontent in the Philippines

Global Voices Advocacy

A proposed bill in the Philippines would make it illegal to photograph anyone -- even public officials -- without their permission.

4 September 2014

Domestic Violence Victims in Bermuda No Longer Have a Shelter to Turn to for Help

The safe house shut its doors because it didn't have enough funding to continue. The closure comes at a time when data suggests domestic violence is increasing.

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