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Stories about Law

22 May 2015

Human Rights Lawyer's Indictment Marks the Beginning of a ‘Weibo Inquisition’ in China

Global Voices Advocacy

Pu Zhiqiang was indicted on charges of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking a disturbance." The case against him is based on about 30 online postings he wrote.

21 May 2015

Police Shoot a Man Dead. Justified Force or China's ‘Stability Maintenance’ at Work?

A man was shot after fighting with an officer inside a train station. To many, it was violence typical of government efforts to maintain stability at all costs.

20 May 2015

Amateur Cartoonist Lands Radioactive Drone on Japanese Prime Minister's House

Yasuo Yamamoto's drone carried a small amount of radioactive soil from Fukushima. Japanese netizens quickly discovered that he maintained a blog and published original manga of an unsettling nature.

16 May 2015

Egypt's Former President Mohammed Morsi Sentenced to Death for 2011 Prison Escape

Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi, along with more than 100 other people, were sentenced to death today. Human rights organisations and supporters describe the trial as a "sham."

14 May 2015

Bahrain Court Upholds Six Month Sentence Against Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Over Tweet

Global Voices Advocacy

A Bahrain court today upheld a six-month sentence for human rights defender Nabeel Rajab over a tweet. Rajab is already in custody under investigation for other tweets.

13 May 2015

How the Internet Both Facilitates and Challenges Rape in Russia

RuNet Echo

The explosion of online social networks makes it easier than ever for sexual predators, but the Internet also presents women with new weapons against a legal system stacked against them.

12 May 2015

Hong Kong Citizens Want Legal Protections for Their Metadata

Global Voices Advocacy

Should government agencies really be able to look at Hong Kongers' telephone metadata without any oversight from the courts?

Human Rights Defender’s Hunger Strike Protests Torture in Infamous Bahraini Prison

Abulhadi Al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for more than three weeks to call attention to the continuing violations and torture of inmates in Jaw prison.

10 May 2015

How Does China's Foreign NGO Management Law Curb the Development of Civil Society?

The "fundamental purpose of the law" is "to significantly tighten the Government's control over civil society," Human Rights Watch told Global Voices.

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