Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

The Coronation, the Public Order Act 2023 and ‘Free Speech’

The Coronation, the Public Order Act 2023 and ‘Free Speech’

In recent years, a lot has been written about ‘the right to protest’ and ‘the right to free speech’ in the UK. Yet neither phrase appears in the latest Public...
Make-Believe: Indictment of Two Activists Reveals the Truth About Freedom of Expression in Indonesia

Make-Believe: Indictment of Two Activists Reveals the Truth About Freedom of Expression in Indonesia

On 3 April 2023, the trial of two Indonesian activists, accused of defamation by the Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs, began. The defendants, Fatia Maulidiyanti, Coordinator of the Commission...
Gender-based Violence, LGBTQIA+ Rights, and Christian Values in Zambia

Gender-based Violence, LGBTQIA+ Rights, and Christian Values in Zambia

Since 2019 the Sistah Sistah Foundation (SSF) has marched in protest of sexual and gender-based violence in Zambia. Zambia’s national Gender Based Violence (GBV) statistics allege that a total of...
Violation of Administrative and Fundamental Rights by banning BBC Documentary in India

Violation of Administrative and Fundamental Rights by banning BBC Documentary in India

On 21 January 2023, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting directed YouTube and Twitter to censor BBC’s documentary “India: The Modi Question”, a two-part series that explores the escalating hostility...
Freedom of Speech and Expression Online Reinstated in Uganda

Freedom of Speech and Expression Online Reinstated in Uganda

Image description: A group of adults are walking outdoors. One man has the Ugandan flag draped over his back. On 10 January 2023, a five-judge panel of the Constitutional Court...
You Have The Right to Insult a President: Repealing Zambia’s Penal Code Section 69

You Have The Right to Insult a President: Repealing Zambia’s Penal Code Section 69

Image description: Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema addresses the European Union from a podium In 1965, Zambia’s first independent president Kenneth Kaunda introduced Section 69 to Zambia’s Penal Code to criminalise...
Challenging Draft Bills and the Role of the ECOWAS Court

Challenging Draft Bills and the Role of the ECOWAS Court

Image Description: Ghanian military official gives speech from a podium at a regional summit with flags of West African nations behind In the case of Dr Jacob Abdulahi & 5...
Protecting Anti-Apartheid Songs Under the Rubric of Free Speech

Protecting Anti-Apartheid Songs Under the Rubric of Free Speech

Image description: Crowd of women, men, and children pictured dancing to music at Umgababa, South Africa Music is a common feature of political environments in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): politicians typically...
Challenging the Right to Strike: the UK Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

Challenging the Right to Strike: the UK Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

Image description: A group of striking people march through a city street holding union banners The Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill, currently passing through the UK Parliament, seeks to...
The Tension between Human Rights, Freedom of Dress and Public Morality

The Tension between Human Rights, Freedom of Dress and Public Morality

Regulations on dress are controversial in many jurisdictions, poised at the intersection between human rights and public morality. In countries where wearing particular attire is considered a threat to religious...
Pavez v. Chile: Freedom of Religion in Public Education

Pavez v. Chile: Freedom of Religion in Public Education

Image description: A classroom, where many students are seated as their desks and one student is in the front with their teacher. In Sandra Pavez v. Chile, the Inter-American Court...
New Zealand bans conversion therapy and incorporates rights-based mechanism

New Zealand bans conversion therapy and incorporates rights-based mechanism

Image description: rainbow queer pride flag Conversion therapy Conversion therapy involves psychological, spiritual, and physical practices to ‘convert’ a person’s gender identity or expression and/or sexual orientation preferably to that...

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