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Egypt Imposes New 'Anti-Terrorism' Law

Dalia Fahmy, an assistant professor at Long Island University and a member of the Egyptian Rule of Law Association, told Al Jazeera that under the new law any media "that defies the national narrative, will be fined."<p>"The law here is a system that is not protecting the citizenry, but rather …

Egypt president approves sweeping anti-terrorism law

By Associated Press<p>CAIRO — Egypt’s president has approved a far-reaching anti­terrorism law that establishes stiffer prison sentences for offenses, heavy fines for journalists who publish “false news” and a special judicial circuit for terrorism cases.<p>The restrictions have prompted concern among …

Human Rights

Spain: Woman could face huge 'gag law' fine for police photo

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police are looking to apply a much-criticized new Public Security Law — known as the "gag law" — to heavily fine a woman who posted a photograph on social media of a police car parked in a disabled parking space, along with critical remarks.<p>Police have filed a complaint with …

TripAdvisor avoids US$550,000 fine over fake reviews on site | Malay Mail

MILAN, July 14 — An Italian court overturned yesterday a €500,000 (RM2.94 million) fine slapped on TripAdvisor for failing to warn users that some …

French surveillance law is constitutional, highest court says

A surveillance law rushed through the French parliament in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris in January is constitutional, the country’s highest court ruled late Thursday. The decision gives law enforcers and intelligence agencies the power to gather communications metadata—who is …

Court rules police must get a warrant to obtain cellphone location records

ACLU said the decision conflicts with two other federal appeals court rulings and increases the possibility that the US supreme court will take up the issue<p>Police must get a search warrant to obtain records about cellphone locations in criminal investigations, a federal appeals court ruled …

India's Muslim women fight to end triple talaq law that yields instant divorce | Amrit Dhillon

In India, Muslim women’s lives are being ruined because men can end marriages simply by saying ‘talaq’ three times – even on social media<p>Every time Nishat Hussain gets into a fight with religious leaders about women’s rights under Islam, she hits the same wall. They say the rules governing women …

New York judge rules for banking industry in suit over NYC transparency law

A New York federal judge has delivered a victory for the banking industry in a lawsuit that overturned a city law intended to promote transparency by …

Calif. governor signs bill removing 'alien' from law

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a bill to remove the term "alien" from the California labor code to describe foreign-born workers.<p>Brown signed SB432 by Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia. The new law takes effect next year. Mendoza said removing the term "alien" was an important step …

Human rights groups fear for rule of law in Egypt after lawyer dies in custody

Karim Hamdy, 27, who died after two days in police detention, had signs of torture including broken ribs and bleeding in the brain<p>One night in late February this year, security officers burst into a north Cairo apartment belonging to the family of a 27-year-old lawyer named Karim Hamdy. Brandishing …

Kosovo passes law on war crimes court that will try ethnic Albanian wartime leaders

Kosovo lawmakers have approved a law to set up a special war crimes court.<p>The overnight vote was the last hurdle for creating the legal body, which will have international judges and prosecutors try ethnic Albanian guerrillas for the alleged killing of civilian detainees, most of them Serbs …

Cecil the lion case charts new territory for U.S. wildlife law

WASHINGTON, Aug4 (Reuters) - A 115-year-old U.S. law aimed at preventing unlawful animal trafficking may be difficult to enforce in the case of an American hunter who killed a celebrated Zimbabwean lion.<p>Mark Balma, an international artist based in California and Florence, Italy, paints a lion head …

Massachusetts High Court Strikes Down Law Criminalizing Political Lies

The highest court in Massachusetts struck down a state law that makes it a crime — punishable with prison time — to try to influence an election by making a false statement about a candidate.

Cecil The Lion Case Charts New Territory For US Wildlife Law

A 115-year-old U.S. law aimed at preventing unlawful animal trafficking may be difficult to enforce in the case of an American hunter who killed a …

Russia introduces 'incinerate on site' law for banned EU food products

Russia has stepped up its battle against parmesan cheese, Danish bacon and other European delicacies, announcing it plans to incinerate contraband shipments on the border as soon as they are discovered.<p>Last year, Russia banned cheese, meat and vegetable imports from the EU and other countries who …

New Trans-Pacific Partnership Leak Means ‘Significant Overhaul’ for Canadian Law

The latest TPP leak covers everything from new criminal sanctions to website blocking.<p>A full draft of the copyright chapter of the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, leaked on Wednesday morning, suggests that Canada will have to significantly change its laws to stay in line with the …

Texas court strikes down voter ID law over 'discriminatory effect'

A federal appeals court struck down Texas’ voter ID law on Wednesday in a victory for Barack Obama, whose administration took the unusual step of bringing the weight of the US Justice Department to fight a wave of new ballot-box restrictions passed in conservative statehouses.<p>The fifth US circuit …

Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law a Violation of Voting Rights Act

A three-judge panel on the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that part of the state's restrictive voter identification law …

New law bans kids from riding motorcycles

MANILA - Children are now barred from riding motorcycles along national and provincial highways.<p>President Aquino has signed into law Republic Act …

Hamas Death Penalty: Alleged Israeli Spy Sentenced In Gaza Under Palestinian Law To Death By Hanging

A Hamas military court in the Gaza strip has sentenced a Palestinian man to death after he was found guilty of collaborating with Israel. The accused …

Human Rights

'Nobody is above the law': 4 officers arrested after abuse allegations at children's boot camp

Officials pitched the Leadership Empowerment Discipline boot camp in San Luis Obispo as a retreat run by police officers and military personnel that is "known to transform destructive behavior in at-risk youth."<p>Children who attend learn about communications, character, leadership and discipline.<p>But …

Crime

Kremlin condemns Westminster for expelling diplomats, violating international law

Russia has issued a scathing attack on Westminster for attempting to “wreck the international order” by quietly expelling four Russian diplomats from the UK following a subtle shift in the government’s visa policy.<p>The Russian diplomats have been forced to return to Moscow, with no immediate …

On the Law of the Jungle

On the first of July, 2015 a Minnesotan dentist shot a Zimbabwean lion, for sport. This leisurely activity involved the acquisition of a carcass, a bow and arrow, a hunting gun, and a $50,000 salaried Zimbabwean guide. A few weeks later and a little further south, an Idaho accountant posed over a …

ATO preparing to release Bitcoin laws

The ABC is reporting that the Australian Tax Office will shortly release a new set of taxation laws that relate to the crypto-currency Bitcoin.<p>The ABC's AM program obtained the documents under the Freedom of Information Act.<p>Bitcoin and other related digital currencies have proven problematic for …

Huge Win for Animal Rights (and Logic): Judge Overturns Law Banning Filming of Abuse on Farms

Score one for animal activists, the media, and public health. A federal judge on Monday struck down Idaho’s controversial law banning covert filming …

Filmmaking

These companies want LGBT discrimination banned

The fight for LGBT rights isn't over, and major U.S. companies are rallying around the cause.<p>While June's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage was a huge win, the LGBT community can still be legally discriminated against in much of the country.<p>In 28 states, they can legally be fired, …

Japan changes consumer law to help international travel

<i>Image via</i> <i>Shutterstock</i><p>A relaxation of some of the most stringent consumer laws in the world have been announced for travel operators working in …

LGBT Adoption Bill Signed Into Law By Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

A Michigan law which has been dubbed the “LGBT adoption” bill, was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday and it is sparking backlash. …

Belgium court rules metadata retention law unconsitutional

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Belgium [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgment, PDF, in French] that a law requiring Internet service …

Belgium’s Privacy Commission takes Facebook to court for privacy violations

Belgium's independent Privacy Commission is taking Facebook to court for failing to comply with the country's privacy laws, according to the site …