World Legal News

Vietnam’s controversial new cybersecurity law took effect Tuesday, alarming free speech advocates. While the law has not been officially published, a copy of the draft, which was passed by the National Assembly on June 12, has been released by VNEconomy. This text indicates the provisions of the law, outlining the scope and the information that [...]

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The EU, along with the US and the UK called Tuesday for an investigation on into the Bangladesh elections that occurred on December 30. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was re-elected to a third consecutive term, and her allies obtained greater than 90 percent of the seats in parliament. Opponents of Hasina believe that the elections [...]

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The Domestic Violence Act of 2018 went into effect in Ireland on Wednesday, which includes the offense of coercive control. The offense is committed when a person: knowingly and persistently engages in behaviour that- (a) is controlling or coercive, (b) has a serious effect on a relevant person, and (c) a reasonable person would consider [...]

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Russia announced on Monday that it had arrested  a US citizen on Friday for suspicion of espionage. According to Russia’s Federal Security Service, Paul Whelan will be detained until the criminal investigation is complete. The agency also refuses to provide details of the allegations until then. In Russia, the crime of espionage carries up to a [...]

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The Thailand National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Tuesday passed amendments to the bill permitting the production, import, export, possession and use of cannabis and kratom for medical purposes. The bill allows the use of certain amounts of cannabis and kratom necessary for treatment of illness with prescriptions or certificates from medical professionals, and possession is subject [...]

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The Rwandan government released a statement Monday that French Magistrates Jean-Marc Herbaut and Nathalie Poux closed an ongoing investigation last Friday, into the 1994 downing of former Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana’s plane. Habyarimana, a member of the Hutu ethnic majority, died in April 1994 when his plane was shot down near the Rwandan capital. The assassination [...]

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The Iraqi Cabinet announced that it has amended the national holiday laws to add Christmas Day as a national holiday in Iraq. Iraq had been home to over some 1.4 million Christians before the Iraq civil war. That number has dropped to approximately 400,000 due to the increased religious persecution during the height of the [...]

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Protests have been ramping up across Sudan in response to the nation’s acute economic crisis. Inflation reached 70% in November and many have been forced to spend significant portions of their income on bread, leading some to refer to the demonstrations as the “bread protests.” Protesters have reportedly called for President Omar al-Bashir, who has been [...]

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