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A panel of the International Criminal Court Thursday reduced by two years the nine-year sentence of Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, convicted of a war crime for destroying religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu in 2012. Allegedly a member of Ansar Eddine, a UNSC-sanctioned militant outfit associated with al Qaeda, Al Mahdi was the head [...]

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The Pakistan Parliament passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2021 Thursday which amends the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898. While the bill initially contained a provision for chemical castration, it was reportedly dropped by way of a last-minute amendment in Parliament. The act, among 33 others passed Thursday, is [...]

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Shortly after the press credentials of five journalists belonging to Spanish news agency EFE were revoked Saturday in light of anti-government protests planned just two days later, Cuban authorities reinstated the credentials of two of them, according to the agency. Five members of EFE’s seven-member team in Havana—three reporters, a photographer, and a cameraperson—were urgently [...]

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The Singapore Court of Appeal stayed the execution of Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, a Malaysian national who was convicted of illegally importing 42.72 grams of diamorphine in 2009, on Tuesday. The stay came in the light of Nagaenthran testing positive for COVID-19 a day before his execution was due in a case that has attracted international attention. [...]

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A Hong Kong district court found Monday that delivery worker-turned-activist Ma Chun-man was guilty of incitement to secession for his actions at over 20 protests and interviews last year. Famously named “Captain America 2.0” by news sources for dressing like the fictional character at demonstrations, Ma was the second person to be convicted under China’s [...]

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Indian digital liberties organization Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) on Monday made a representation to Google India asserting that recent content takedowns and blocking of YouTube channels belonging to independent news outlets, citizen journalists and satirists result from incorrectly applied copyright rules. In an open letter to Google India’s public policy head, IFF noted that such [...]

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China’s Ministry of Commerce and the National Development and Reform Commission have introduced a proposed regulation seeking to restrict the activities that privately funded media sources can undertake. The regulation—the 2021 version of the “Negative List of Market Access”—covers activities ranging from agriculture and aviation to education, media, and the financial industry. The regulation classifies [...]

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The Sri Lanka Cabinet of Ministers has approved the drafting of two bills to promote cybersecurity as proposed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Technology. The first of these, the Defense Cyber Commands Act, shall cover all sectors related to electronic communication to protect national [...]

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