Human Rights Weekly Round-up | November | Week 4 | 2020

Human Rights Watch released the 100-page Cluster Munition Monitor 2020 report, stating that countries still using and producing cluster munitions should reject these indiscriminate weapons and join the international treaty banning them.  Click to Read - Human Rights Watch 120 UN member states voted in favor of a resolution in the Third Committee of the … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up | November | Week 4 | 2020

Philippines Anti-Terrorism Bill and the threat to human rights

On 5th June, 2020 the Philippines Government passed the Anti-Terrorism Bill, which now awaits President Duterte’s assent, after which it will effectively repeal the current Human Security Act, 2007. The military thought that the current legislation was not effective enough to counter modern terrorism which includes online recruitment of terrorists and digital planning of terrorist … Continue reading Philippines Anti-Terrorism Bill and the threat to human rights

A Right to Mask?

The Hong Kong High Court has recently ruled the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation (PFCR), the so-called ‘mask ban’, unconstitutional. The ban, which was enacted by the Chief Executive in Council, aims to suppress months-long protests sparked by the Extradition Bill that allows the Hong Kong Government to extradite suspects at the request of Beijing. … Continue reading A Right to Mask?

Freedom of Expression in Myanmar: Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law

In November 2019, a court in the Botataung Township in Myanmar handed convictions against six members of a satirical Thangyat troupe. Six members of a troupe named Peacock Generation Thangyat were sentenced to a year in prison for allegedly mocking Myanmar’s armed forces through their live-streamed performance. Thangyat is one of the oldest forms of … Continue reading Freedom of Expression in Myanmar: Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law