Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

The Assault on Media Freedom in Myanmar: A Worrying Trend

The Assault on Media Freedom in Myanmar: A Worrying Trend

When Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won a landslide victory in the November 2015 elections in Myanmar, bringing an end to nearly fifty years of authoritarian...
The Human Rights Implications of Xi Jingping’s Limitless Presidential Term

The Human Rights Implications of Xi Jingping’s Limitless Presidential Term

China’s National People’s Congress recently passed a constitutional change to remove the two-term presidential term limit with a 99.8% passing rate. Whilst the official reason for the removal is to...
CCTV Cameras in Classrooms: The Conflict between Security and Privacy

CCTV Cameras in Classrooms: The Conflict between Security and Privacy

The Chief Minister of Delhi recently announced his decision to install CCTV cameras in all public schools, and to provide real time access to the footage to the parents of...
Indian Supreme Court’s stay on the banning of ‘Padmavat’: Hopes and Concerns

Indian Supreme Court’s stay on the banning of ‘Padmavat’: Hopes and Concerns

By an interim order, a three judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court has stayed the ban imposed on the exhibition of a film named ‘Padmavat’ by three Indian states....
The Banning of Ridesharing Apps Violates the Human Rights to Science and Free Speech

The Banning of Ridesharing Apps Violates the Human Rights to Science and Free Speech

Earlier on this year, a local court of Buenos Aires issued an injunction blocking the Uber app, electronic payment methods and forbidding Google and Apple to host the app on...
Cambodia: Using Law to Destroy Democracy

Cambodia: Using Law to Destroy Democracy

Covered by a veneer of legality, Cambodia’s government has spent the last two years systematically dismantling the Southeast Asian country’s fledgling democracy. Following the main opposition party’s improved performance in...
Free Speech in Non-Public Spaces: Recent Developments in Hong Kong

Free Speech in Non-Public Spaces: Recent Developments in Hong Kong

What, if any, are the geographical limitations of the exercise of freedom of expression? This was the question confronted by the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal in its recent...
The Repression of Human Rights in Togo: Exploring Legal Avenues of Redress

The Repression of Human Rights in Togo: Exploring Legal Avenues of Redress

In recent months, scores of protests have taken place in the West African nation of Togo. A number of protests have also been held by the Togolese diaspora in several...
India’s Model Beggary Bill: Towards Rehabilitating the Beggars

India’s Model Beggary Bill: Towards Rehabilitating the Beggars

The practice of beggary is rampant in India and currently, over 4 lakh (400,000) people are involved in it. Some practice beggary because of their religious beliefs while for some...
The Great Balancing Act: Countering Online Hate Speech While Protecting Freedom of Expression

The Great Balancing Act: Countering Online Hate Speech While Protecting Freedom of Expression

German lawmakers have recently passed a controversial law, ‘Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz’ (Network Enforcement Act or NetzDG), which, in part, aims to counter online hate speech. Under the Act, social media companies operating...
Kenya Enacts Contempt of Court Act to Uphold the Right to a Fair Trial

Kenya Enacts Contempt of Court Act to Uphold the Right to a Fair Trial

For a long time, the law on contempt of court in Kenya was outdated and quite unsatisfactory. However, Kenya recently enacted the Contempt of Court Act, Act No 46 of...
Penalising Anti-Semitism in Poland: Creating “Free Speech Martyrs”?

Penalising Anti-Semitism in Poland: Creating “Free Speech Martyrs”?

On a November night in 2015, an effigy of a Jew was burnt in the main market square in Wrocław, Poland, as part of a protest against accepting refugees into...

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