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Indian Supreme Court on Dance Bar Regulations: Victory for Bar Dancers?

Prankul Boobana 12th March 2019

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India (‘SC’) recently relaxed the stringent conditions imposed by the Maharashtra government for obtaining licenses and running dance bars, public establishments which are an important source of livelihood for female dancers. These dancers generally belong to the traditional dancing communities and are following their hereditary occupation. It […]

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“Insensitive Advertising” of Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore: A Violation of Human Dignity

Benjamin Joshua Ong 22nd December 2018

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower has suspended the licence of an employment agency for advertising the services of foreign domestic workers in an “insensitive” manner which portrayed the workers as a “commodity that can be bought and sold”.  It also prosecuted the agency and the employee responsible for the advertisements; the employee has pleaded guilty. The […]

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Socio-Economic Rights and Land Reform in Scotland: Learning from South Africa

Douglas Maxwell 3rd December 2018

Balancing the property rights of landowners with the socio-economic rights of communities and tenants has developed into a focal point in the contemporary human rights debate in Scotland. This has become one of the most controversial topics at Holyrood since the Supreme Court in Salvesen v Riddell [2013] UKSC 22 unanimously held that a provision relating to […]

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The Ogiek Evictions in Kenya – a failed legal solution

Christine Kahura 25th October 2018

The Mau Forest is one of Kenya’s forest reserves, gazetted in 1954 to protect it from deforestation. In 2001, the government carried out an excision of the Eastern Mau region which constitutes 25% of the forest with a view to establishing a settlement scheme understood to be for the Ogiek community. The Marishioni location, Elburgon […]

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Internet Shutdowns: The Irony of a Digital Nation?

Mihika Poddar and Shardha Rajam 5th July 2018

Between January to May (2018) alone, the Indian government imposed 55 internet shutdowns. An internet shutdown disrupts all electronic communications and services within a geographical location. Often, neither the reason for, nor the duration of these shutdowns is made transparent. In a digital age, these shutdowns interfere with much more than just free speech because they hinder […]

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