Tension as new petitioners vs anti-terrorism law barred from holding short picket
Tension as new petitioners vs anti-terrorism law barred from holding short picketMANILA, Philippines — Anti-terrorism law petitioners have been holding short pickets outside the gates of the Supreme Court after filing their pleadings, but on Monday, protesters supporting the latest group of petitioners were barred from doing so after Manila police enforced strict physical distancing protocols.They were later allowed to hold a short program.A day after the crowds gathered at the controversial “white sand beach” at the Manila Baywalk, metro police dispersed protesters that went to the SC to supp...
Filipinos urged to reject lies about Marcos rule on 48th martial law anniversary
Filipinos urged to reject lies about Marcos rule on 48th martial law anniversaryMANILA, Philippines — Filipinos should reject the attempts to rewrite the horrors of martial law under late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Vice President Leni Robredo said as the Philippines marked the 48th anniversary since its imposition.At a time of divisiveness, Robredo urged the public to look back and tell the truths that thousands were imprisoned, tortured and killed, that the country’s debt ballooned and that poverty deepened during Marcos’ 21-year-dictatorship.“These truths know no political color, but come st...
Hong Kong academic freedom – is it ‘safe’ or ‘dead’ under the national security law?
Since the arrival of the so-called national security law on June 30, the issue of academic freedom in Hong Kong has occupied the minds of many – is it safe or is it dead?Academic freedom is not as straightforward a matter as one might think. Professor Peter Baehr of Lingnan University wrote in HKFP: “Academic freedom is a norm which states that university professors should be free to teach, research and write on academic matters unconstrained by political and other kinds of interference.”The national security law and Hong Kong society can easily be construed as an academic matter. The mission ...
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Achieving a functioning society
Achieving a functioning societyWhen a government controls both the executive and legislative functions, it is easy to pass any law that they want. For example, the law on anti-terrorism has been passed with the justification that it is an effective law. What does effective mean? It depends on what we actually mean.The other concept in law is the rule of law. Do these two concepts need to be opposite of each other? Or can we say that, in fact, for laws to be effective we must have a society that adheres to the rule of law.According to Professor Alan Macfarlane: “One index of effectiveness is wh...
Trump says US mourns 'titan of the law' Ginsburg
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump on Friday hailed the late US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a "titan of the law" whose legal expertise and historic decisions inspired generations of Americans."Today, our nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law" who was "renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court," Trump said in a statement."Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds," he added."May her memory be a great and ...
Back to the beginning: Is there still space in Hong Kong for a moderate middle way?
The national security law was promulgated by Beijing and went into effect here on June 30. The demolition of Hong Kong’s democracy movement began soon afterwards, with the political vetting and disqualification of virtually all the top-tier democrats who had planned to contest the Legislative Council election originally scheduled for September 6.Many activists have fled the territory and the arrest of still others continues. They are being prosecuted for political acts that have become offences under the new law, and for acts that were offences under an old law that is only just now being acti...
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Kaduna state government signs new law to castrate child rapistThe rise in rape cases in Nigeria is scary, worrisome and an ugly phenomenon, especially the sexual abuse and exploitation of minors, that is under-aged girls, according to Professor Joy Ngozi Ezeilo OON. Between January to May 2020 alone, Nigeria recorded 717 rape cases.The Kaduna state government has made a commendable effort to put an end to this gruesome act that has been going on for centuries in Nigeria as it was announced on the 16th of September 2020 that Governor Nasir El-Rufai has signed the State Penal Code (Amendment) La...
NJ Gov. Murphy signs environmental justice law designed to protect minority communities
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed environmental justice legislation that allows the state to deny permits for projects that would have an environmental impact on already “overburdened” communities, defined as those predominated by minority or low-income people.The law, which supporters say is one of the toughest in the nation, would apply to proposals for new or expanded power plants, recycling facilities, incinerators, sludge operations, sewage treatment plants, landfills, or any other major source of potential pollution.The state Department of Environmental Protection would review...
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Ask the law: Can I get a full housing fee refund if I am overcharged in the UAE?
Question: I live in a rented villa in Dubai, which I will be vacating soon. I have been paying a very high housing fee for the last three years. When I brought it to the attention of the concerned authority, they confirmed and agreed to refund the difference in fees for the last six months. However, I find this unacceptable. They had the updated tenancy contract. They claim that the systems are all interlinked, so logically, this should apply to housing fees as well. I have been overcharged a sum of Dh3,200, so I am entitled to get a refund of the full amount? What is the logic in refunding th...
Buhari Assents To Police Bill 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the Nigeria Police Bill, 2020.According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), in Abuja, on Thursday, said the President in a memo dated September 16, 2020, communicated his assent to police bill 2020 to the National Assembly, through the Clerk of the legislature.The statement informed that the Act repeals the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004, and provides for a more effective and well organized Police Force, driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its ...