Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

Online Speech in Hungary before the Strasbourg Court: Freeing the Low

Online Speech in Hungary before the Strasbourg Court: Freeing the Low

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in MTE and Index.hu v Hungary (“MTE/Index”) issued a decision protecting free speech in the form of user-generated online comments. In particular, the...
Endangering Democracy: Concerns Over Raising Surveillance in China

Endangering Democracy: Concerns Over Raising Surveillance in China

Control over cyber space and information, particularly citizens’ data, has defined modern strategies of combating terrorism through technologies. Justifications provided for extensive surveillance legislation that may impinge civil liberties have...
Journalism, Detention and Anti-Terrorism Powers

Journalism, Detention and Anti-Terrorism Powers

Few would dispute that journalistic sources and material deserve special legal protection in a liberal democracy. But few would suggest that this protection should confer a licence to damage national...
Pakistan: A Paradoxical Divinity

Pakistan: A Paradoxical Divinity

The 4 January 2016 marked five years since the Punjab governor Salman Taseer was killed by a member of his own security detail in a popular market in Pakistan’s capital...
The strange case of Amos Yee: whither free speech and children’s rights in Singapore?

The strange case of Amos Yee: whither free speech and children’s rights in Singapore?

On 27th March 2015 as Singaporeans mourned the death, four days earlier, of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (often known as LKY), a 16-year-old Singaporean named Amos Yee uploaded...
Hate Speech in Sri Lanka: How a New Ban Could Perpetuate Impunity

Hate Speech in Sri Lanka: How a New Ban Could Perpetuate Impunity

In June 2014, an altercation between a Buddhist monk and two Muslims resulted in a public rally in Aluthgama—a small town on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka known for...
Couderc and Hachette Filipacchi Associés v. France: A New “Respect” for Private Life?

Couderc and Hachette Filipacchi Associés v. France: A New “Respect” for Private Life?

On 10 November 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down judgment in the case of Couderc and Hachette Filipacchi Associés v France. The...
The Chinese Human Rights Roundup

The Chinese Human Rights Roundup

Human rights lawyers are internationally perceived as crusaders, advocating for basic human rights for all mankind. But what happens when the lawyers themselves, not the clients, are the ones subject...
Old Problems, New Media: Revenge Porn and the Law

Old Problems, New Media: Revenge Porn and the Law

Welcome to RightsUp, a podcast from the Oxford Human Rights Hub. We look at the big human rights issues of the day, bringing in new perspectives from all over the...
Subramaniam Swamy v Union of India: Criminal Defamation and the Countours of Free Speech

Subramaniam Swamy v Union of India: Criminal Defamation and the Countours of Free Speech

The Supreme Court of India recently concluded its hearings in Subramaniam Swamy v Union of India, challenging the constitutional validity of criminal defamation - Sections 499 and 500 of the...
Asia Bibi’s “Unfair Trial”

Asia Bibi’s “Unfair Trial”

The week before last, the Pakistani Supreme Court admitted Asia bibi’s appeal against her conviction and death sentence for blasphemy under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code. Even if...
Addressing ‘Revenge Porn’ in Namibia

Addressing ‘Revenge Porn’ in Namibia

In recent years, there have been reports of sexually explicit material involving Namibian citizens and residents circulating on social media platforms. This is usually circulated without consent. The practice has...

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