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Burma, UN Hold Discussions on New Media Laws

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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In conjunction with the Burmese government, the United Nations’ cultural agency staged the first meeting of a workshop examining the Burmese government’s relationship with the media. In Rangoon, the joint workshop held by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and officials with Burma’s Ministry of Information began with two days of discussions on […]

Malaysia Ends Unpopular Security Law

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says his country will abolish a half-century old security law that allows for people to be detained without trial. Mr. Najib announced the abolition of the Internal Security Act Thursday in a nationally televised speech, saying it would be replaced with two new laws aimed at combating terrorism without infringing […]

Malaysia Ends Unpopular Security Law

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says his country will abolish a half-century old security law that allows for people to be detained without trial. Mr. Najib announced the abolition of the Internal Security Act Thursday in a nationally televised speech, saying it would be replaced with two new laws aimed at combating terrorism without infringing […]

Rights Group Urges Sri Lanka to End Detention Laws

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 11:11 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group says the Sri Lankan government continues to use abusive regulations to detain people without charge, despite its recent decision to scrap long-time emergency laws. New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Sri Lanka to repeal its detention laws and release thousands of people held under the legislation. HRW’s Asia Director […]

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Sri Lanka Ends State of Emergency, Introduces New ‘Anti-Terror’ Law

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Sri Lankan government lifted strict wartime emergency laws Tuesday night, but introduced new regulations under the Prevention of Terrorism Act allowing it to continue holding suspects detained during the state of emergency. Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem said Wednesday that about 1,200 people detained under the emergency laws will likely be freed soon. But hours […]

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Sri Lanka Set to Lift Emergency Laws

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan is set to lift the country’s strict wartime emergency laws, which have been in place for 28 years. President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced the move in a speech to Parliament last week. He said he made the decision not to renew a state of emergency at the end of August because there was no […]

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Sri Lanka’s President Announces Plans to End Emergency Laws

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he plans to end the country’s strict wartime emergency laws, which have been in place for nearly 30 years. Speaking to Parliament Thursday, Mr. Rajapaksa said he believed there was no longer a need to have the laws since the country’s civil war against Tamil Tiger separatists ended in […]

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Sri Lanka’s President Announces Plans to End Emergency Laws

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he plans to end the country’s strict wartime emergency laws, which have been in place for nearly 30 years. Speaking to Parliament Thursday, Mr. Rajapaksa said he believed there was no longer a need to have the laws since the country’s civil war against Tamil Tiger separatists ended in […]

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Sri Lanka’s President Announces Plans to End Emergency Laws

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he plans to end the country’s strict wartime emergency laws, which have been in place for nearly 30 years. Speaking to Parliament Thursday, Mr. Rajapaksa said that he believed there was no longer a need to have the laws since the country’s civil war against Tamil Tiger separatists ended […]

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Australian State Allows Police to Unveil Muslim Women

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s most populous state has approved a law permitting police to order Muslim women to remove burqas and other face-covering veils. The law was introduced Monday in New South Wales, where a Muslim woman was convicted of falsely accusing a police officer of forcing her to remove her burqa during a random breath test for […]

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