India's 'Love Jihad' law: The BJP's latest weapon against Muslims
"My life is at ground zero. I have suffered for so long," laments 30-year-old Muhammed Reyaz, a Muslim from the south Indian state of Kerala. On 8 November 2017, a news report on Asianet News, one of the most popular television channels in Kerala, reported a case filed in the southern state's High Court accusing Reyaz of forcefully converting a Hindu woman to Islam and conspiring to traffic her to the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. He was charged under India's stringent anti-terrorism law, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Reyaz and Akshara Bose - a Hindu - had fallen in love in 2014 whi...
China to regulate outflow of cryptographic technology under new law
China said Wednesday that it will regulate the outflow of products regarding cryptographic technology under a new law aimed at prohibiting exports of the country's state-of-the-art goods that could be diverted to military use.The Commerce Ministry unveiled a partial list of products targeted by the law for the first time since it was implemented on Tuesday. Exports of integrated circuit chips, equipment for quantum cryptography and others will be restricted from January.The law, enacted in October, is apparently designed to target the United States, which has been trying to exclude China from ...
When lawmakers exploit workers, can the law stop them?
PALERMO 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIALWhat is exploitation? FOREWORD: Twenty years of trafficking: taking stock of the world the Palermo Protocol built What is exploitation anyway? Neil Howard Exploitation is the rule, not the exception Michael Hardt and Kathi Weeks Can we stop discussing labour exploitation and start fixing it? Judy Fudge Marx on exploitation: an ABC for an unequal world Alf Gunvald Nilsen What is trafficking in a region built on exploitation? Thoughts from the Caribbean Kamala Kempadoo Vulnerability to exploitation is created by law Virginia Mantouvalou Exploitation in trafficking...
Egypt to penalise fathers of child brides
Egypt's Cabinet is planning to issue a new law imposing more penalties for the marriage of underage girls and child labour, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said during a Cabinet meeting on the national strategic population plan. The new law is set to toughen the penalties and broaden the scope of those penalised for child marriage to include the child bride's father or guardian. The law will also penalise the fathers or guardians of working children. Egypt has the thirteenth highest number of child brides in the world. According to Girls Not Brides, child marriage is in part driven by gender i...
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No one exempt from the law in Hong Kong: China Daily editorial
chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-12-02 21:24 The convictions of Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Agnes Chow Ting and Ivan Lam Long-yin for their roles in an unlawful assembly near the police headquarters in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region last year and the sentences they received on Wednesday have driven home the message that organizing, inciting and participating in such illegal activities will not be tolerated. The political radicals in Hong Kong have been counting on external pressure and leveraging foreign interference including "sanctions" to promote their anti-government agenda in the ...
Saudi monetary authority rebranded along modern lines
King Salman recently approved a law to change the name of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) to the Saudi Central Bank.It was more than a change of nomenclature, as the new law expanded the mandate of the central bank and altered its composition and reporting lines.The rebranding of the Saudi financial regulator has been done in line with best international practices. The legislation extended the central bank's role to ensure monetary stability, instill confidence in the financial sector, and play a proactive role in the Kingdom’s economic transformation.Central banks around the world...
Iran parliament advances law to prevent nuclear inspections
Iran’s parliament Tuesday advanced a bill that would end UN inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost its uranium enrichment if European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions.The vote to debate the bill, which would need to pas through several other stages before becoming law, was a show of defiance after the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist last month. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on all nuclear policies.The official IRNA news agency said 251 lawmakers in the 290-seat...
Explainer: How the national security law changed Hong Kong – month 5
Five months after Beijing imposed its controversial security law on Hong Kong, the city’s legislature has been emptied of all pan-democrats while police have made further arrests of opposition figures and journalists. The Department of Justice launched appeals against court decisions in November to acquit alleged protesters and Chief Executive Carrie Lam stressed national security education in her policy address. Elsewhere in the city, a local mask supplier ceased operations after pro-Beijing newspapers accused it of breaching the security law by selling protest-related designs.HKFP continues ...
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It’s ‘complicated’: Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam backtracks on plans to include her own job in anti-bribery law
Hong Kong’s leader has backtracked on a pledge to extend an anti-bribery law so that it covers her own job, saying such a move would raise constitutional problems.In an interview with Now News on Sunday, Carrie Lam said she would not during her current term amend the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance to include the Chief Executive, because of the “constitutional position of the Chief Executive in the SAR political system.”In the interview, Lam said Beijing would take care of the matter if the Chief Executive was in violation of the ordinance.“If the incumbent Chief Executive did any of these act...
Hong Kong Free Press
Court uses Jewish Nation-State law to block funding for Arab students
The Kiryot Magistrate’s Court in the North has reignited a debate about how the Jewish Nation-State Law may negatively impact the country’s minorities, especially its sizable Arab sector.With the recent ruling that the Jewish Nation-State Law required blocking state funding for transportation for Arab schoolchildren to nearby Arabic-language schools, criticism of racism erupted from human rights groups.The court concluded that Karmiel was specifically designated as a city for expanding the state’s Jewish character into the state’s northern periphery and that state funding for busing Arab schoo...
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