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An Analysis of the Banning of the Hong Kong National Party and the Legitimate Restrictions on Freedom of Expression

Stephanie Tai 28th November 2018

  On 24th September 2018, Secretary of Security John Lee issued a ban on the Hong Kong National Party (“the National Party”) under the Societies Ordinance on the basis that the National Party posed a “real threat to national security”. Section 8(1)(a) of the Societies Ordinance states that the Secretary for Security may prohibit the […]

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Aadhaar Verdict: A Middle Path

Nidhi Singh and Kushagra Mishra 1st November 2018

The Supreme Court of India has emerged as a strong force in safeguarding the Constitutional values, and has had a memorable term of landmark verdicts, dealing with questions that relate to privacy, individual liberty and sexual freedom, to name a few. The Supreme Court in mid-2017 took the issue of ‘citizen’s privacy’, as discussed here. […]

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Mind the Gap: the Privacy Void in Brazilian’s Public Transport

Mariana Canto 26th October 2018

In April 2018, the agreement entered into between ADMobilize and ViaQuatro, the administrator of the yellow line of the São Paulo subway, enabled the use of a technology to collect data related to the facial expressions of public transport users. Almost four months later, on August 30, 2018, an action was filed by the Brazilian […]

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Persecution of rights activists and voices of dissent in India

Vedika Pareek and Manya Oberoi 8th October 2018

Recently, in a series of synchronized raids carried throughout India, various human rights activists and vocal critics of the ruling government were arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), an anti-terror law. These arrests have been widely criticized for being politically motivated as they are aimed at curbing the right of free speech and […]

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(No) Freedom of Speech at Universities?

Ewelina U. Ochab 13th June 2018

Universities are meant to be places where freedom of speech flourishes. The issue of free speech in universities in the UK has been recently examined by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (the Committee), a parliamentary committee consisting of representatives of both Houses of the Parliament. The Committee considered the challenges encountered by students, lecturers […]

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