Indonesia’s House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the Science and Technology Bill, which imposes criminal charges on foreign researchers if they are found to violate visa regulations, according to a copy obtained by the Jakarta Post. In addition to requiring permits for research, the new law also levies criminal charges against researchers who steal biodiversity [...]

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The Rent Stabilization Association (RSA) and Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), along with individual landlords, filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging New York’s new rent laws under Fourth and Fifth Amendment property rights. Last month the New York Senate passed the Housing Stability And Tenant Protections Act of 2019. This Act reformed the previous rent [...]

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The US Congress passed the Cambodia Act of 2019 Monday, which aims “To promote free and fair elections, political freedoms, and human rights in Cambodia, and for other purposes.” The bill was introduced by Congressman Ted Yoho, of Florida’s Third District and Lead Republican for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and [...]

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a bill into law penalizing acts of sexual harassment including catcalling, wolf-whistling and persistent telling of sexual jokes. Officials released a copy of the Republic Act 11313, known as the “Safe Spaces Act,” on Monday, which Duterte signed in April. Bars, restaurants, cinemas and other public places are required [...]

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The Guatemala Constitutional Court granted an injunction Sunday to stop the country’s President, Jimmy Morales, from entering into a proposal with the US that would require migrants from El Salvador and Honduras to apply for asylum in Guatemala instead of in the US. Morales canceled a trip to Washington, DC, earlier Sunday to let the [...]

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