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

COVID-19 and Hungary’s indefinite state of emergency: lockdown of democracy or a step towards dictatorship?

Hungary declares indefinite state of emergency Europe is at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic with 65% of the world’s death attributable to the virus coming form this continent. Many European countries have declared a state of emergency, but there seems to be only one country that has attracted public condemnation and apprehension from the European … Continue reading COVID-19 and Hungary’s indefinite state of emergency: lockdown of democracy or a step towards dictatorship?

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COVID-19: The 9/11 for Privacy 

Credits: Naked Security sophos Impact of COVID-19 and Government Response COVID-19, a novel form of coronavirus, has already been declared as a pandemic and compared with World War II and the 2008 financial crisis. The impact of COVID-19 has been so huge that the Royal Observatory of Belgium has observed that Earth has seen a … Continue reading COVID-19: The 9/11 for Privacy 

Dynamics of Democracy and Espionage

Democracies today are facing a new challenge: balancing the act of spycraft with the rights of privacy and freedom of speech and expression. Today, the United States is a massive world power because revelations about mass intelligence gathering by the US and its allies serve the useful purpose of advancing the national interest of the … Continue reading Dynamics of Democracy and Espionage

Human Rights Weekly Round-up| Jan | Week 3| 2019

Hon’ble Supreme Court of India pulls up states to set up “Human Rights Courts” in pursuance of the mandate under Section 30 of the Protection of Human rights Act, 1993. Click to Read - Live Law U.S. President Donald Trump offers protection to 7 lakh undocumented immigrants from Mexico in exchange for a whopping USD … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up| Jan | Week 3| 2019

Snooping Order by MHA- Is India going towards Authoritarian Surveillance Regime?

We all have heard about infamous ‘Investigatory Powers Bill’ also referred to as “Snoopers Charter” which was passed by both Houses of British Parliament in 2016. India which will overtake its colonial power in terms of GDP in 2019 is all set to follow their lead with respect to surveillance norms. India’s Ministry of Home Affairs on 20th December 2018, by way of notification, has authorized ten central agencies and bodies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt “any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer”.