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Illicit Enrichment Laws: Asia’s Ignored Anti-Corruption

Details: Laws targeting unexplained wealth exist in many Asia-Pacific countries but are rarely used. They should be dusted off to tackle the region’s rampant corruption. Corruption is rife throughout the

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What to Expect From China’s New Anti-Sanctions Law – The

Details: Advertisement. Following Western sanctions directed against it regarding alleged human rights issues, China unveiled its new anti-sanctions legislation on July …

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Blinken Must Urge Modi to Repeal Repressive Laws – The

Details: While in New Delhi, Blinken should press Modi to repeal and amend laws that jeopardize human rights. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will …

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COVID-19 and India’s Addiction to Colonial-Era Laws – The

Details: The history of laws such as the PVSTA exemplify the scant respect for human rights in colonial India. However, a hundred years onwards, human rights occupy a central place in India’s

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India’s New Farm Laws: Reform, Resistance, and the Road to

Details: The laws have been met with much resistance, eliciting protests from farmers who have marched to New Delhi from the states surrounding the nation’s capital. …

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The Pros and Cons of China’s NGO Laws – The Diplomat

Details: China’s new laws regarding NGOs will create a less free civil society, but a more accountable and predictable one. The latest iterations of China’s Charity and Foreign NGO Management Laws

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National Security Laws in General Are Not a Problem. Hong

Details: While national security laws in a broad sense can be justifiable and even necessary, in the context of China and Hong Kong there are serious problems with the law and its …

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Seeking a Viable Alternative to Indonesia’s Blasphemy Laws

Details: Seeking a Viable Alternative to Indonesia’s Blasphemy Laws. Instead of criminalizing blasphemy, Indonesia should focus on penalizing incitement to …

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Suspension of Indian Labor Laws to Hurt Low-Income Workers

Details: The laws related to safety conditions, recognition of trade unions, and legal working hours have come to halt. The suspension of laws that govern …

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The Rise of Discriminatory Bylaws in Indonesia – The Diplomat

Details: The Supreme Court can review regulations hierarchically beneath (national) laws including bylaws, but it can only test the legality of these bylaws and …

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Sedition Laws and Their Post-Colonial Legacy in India and

Details: The sedition laws of India and Pakistan stem from a common ancestor: Section 124A of the 1860 Indian Penal Code (IPC), originally introduced by the British government in …

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Which Countries Support the New Hong Kong National

Details: The 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council became the site of competing international responses to China’s new national security law in Hong Kong. Two dueling statements were

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US Passes Historic Anti-Corruption Legislation With Global

Details: Advertisement. In the waning days of the Trump presidency, veto-proof majorities in the U.S. Congress passed historic bipartisan anti-corruption legislation in concert with his successor’s

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Why China’s Data Regulations Are a Compliance Nightmare

Details: AmCham Shanghai found that while companies understand the need for data laws, many elements of the legislative framework do little to protect data and instead harm the flow of …

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What’s Missing in China’s Foreign Investment Law

Details: Foreign enterprises will be subject to the same domestic laws as Chinese companies, being the Company Law of the PRC and where applicable the …

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Controlling the Information Space: Big Tech and Free

Details: 1 hour ago · Companies must either adhere to these laws and face understandable condemnation for failing to protect basic freedoms, or shirk local regulations and risk being shut out of markets entirely.

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Myanmar Junta Readies Draconian Cyber-Security Legislation

Details: Myanmar’s military government is mulling a new suite of cyber-security laws that seem designed to restrict the ongoing mobilization of its opponents, according to a coalition of local civil

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China’s Cybersecurity Law: What You Need to Know – The

Details: For example, the pollution laws for the shipping industry, which were initially announced in late 2015, were phased in through 2016, and fully enforced by early 2017.

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The Problem With Sri Lanka’s New ‘False News’ Law

Details: Sri Lanka is no stranger to arbitrary laws that are prone to misuse. For the past 40 years, it has had the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act on the statute books, which has been used to target

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Vietnam’s Religious Law: Testing the Faithful – The Diplomat

Details: New laws have just passed to manage the faithful and ensure “national security and social harmony” are not upset by what the government sees as …

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India’s Absurd Sedition Law – And What It Enables – The

Details: India’s Absurd Sedition Law – And What It Enables. The Indian Penal Code is replete with pernicious and outdated laws. Its Section 124A is a …

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Brunei’s Controversial New Shariah Laws Are Now in Effect

Details: New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups, and

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Aceh, Indonesia: When Dating Meets Sharia Law – The Diplomat

Details: But in Aceh, where 98 percent of its 5 million residents practice Islam, there is more support for the implementation of Sharia law. Advertisement. Given the circumstances, it …

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Violence Follows New ‘Anti-Conversion’ Law in India’s

Details: The new legislation, the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021, was brought in despite there being no conviction under the previous version of the law, which had been in …

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Indonesia’s New Omnibus Law Trades ‘Green Growth’ for

Details: Indonesia Omnibus Laws; Indonesia palm oil; Joko Widodo; COVID-19 In Asia C. August 02, 2021 Refugees Pushed to Back of the Line Amid Vaccine Shortages July 29, 2021 Why Taiwan Is Beating COVID-19

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The Rohingyas’ Plight: What Options Under International Law

Details: The plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of whom have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, has attracted widespread international …

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India Must Legalize Same-Sex Marriage – The Diplomat

Details: The Indian Penal Code is replete with pernicious and outdated laws. Its Section 124A is a marquee example. July 29, 2021 How Taiwan’s Mayors Helped Lead the Fight Against COVID-19

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China’s Coast Guard Law: Destabilizing or Reassuring

Details: It is an encouraging sign that Clause 64 of China’s coast guard law specifies managing and controlling maritime crises, among others, as a primary international cooperation task for the CCG

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Australia’s Harsh Immigration Policy – The Diplomat

Details: Australia is the only country that mandates immigration detention for all “unlawful” arrivals, including those seeking protection as refugees. Australia has had one of the most punitive

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Momentum Builds for an Australian Magnitsky Act – The Diplomat

Details: It is a modernized and sharp foreign policy tool. Senator Kimberly Kitching, who has been championing the introduction of Magnitsky-like laws in Australia, argued that “these laws are designed

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What Does Hong Kong’s National Security Law Mean for Tech

Details: The Hong Kong national security law will have implications for privacy, cybersecurity, data, and trade issues. On May 28, China’s national legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC

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Wal-Mart Uprising: The Battle for Labor Rights in China

Details: China’s labor laws and ACFTU policy theoretically allow workers to directly elect their own representatives in these enterprise unions, but in practice, Wal-Mart’s activists claim that the

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International Law Won’t Solve Asia’s Territorial Disputes

Details: International law won’t solve all of Asia’s problems. In fact, it could exacerbate them. International law has its limits — it is no panacea. In fact, it might actually increase the odds of

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Domestic Violence in Cambodia – The Diplomat

Details: Domestic Violence in Cambodia. The country struggles with high rates of gender violence. Activists are turning to technology to help. Phnom Penh – There is a …

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Pakistan’s Bloodthirsty Blasphemy Law Needs to Be Repealed

Details: The Pakistan Penal Code borrows Sections 295 and 295-A from the Indian Penal Code 1860, which were applied equally to all religions. The blasphemy law has …

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India Farmers Intensify Protest Against New Laws with

Details: The laws add to already existing resentment from farmers, who often complain of being ignored by the government in their push for better crop prices, additional loan …

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China’s Ubiquitous Facial Recognition Tech Sparks Privacy

Details: China privacy laws; China surveillance; COVID-19 In Asia C. July 29, 2021 Why Taiwan Is Beating COVID-19 – Again July 29, 2021 Tokyo Sets Another COVID Record Days After Olympics Begin

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The Fight for LGBT Rights in Vietnam Still Has a Long Way

Details: The Fight for LGBT Rights in Vietnam Still Has a Long Way To Go. Prejudice, discrimination, and stigma against the LGBT community in Vietnam still loom large. Change will take concerted efforts

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With New Divorce Rule, China Further Pushes ‘Family Values’

Details: Similar to China’s birth planning policies, the new laws are another way of undermining the personal freedom of Chinese citizens. From limiting citizens’ freedom to decide the number of

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Compounding Trauma: Indonesia’s Abortion Law – The Diplomat

Details: Like many laws in Indonesia, the Reproductive Health Law is confusing and contradictory. While abortion is mostly illegal, there are two exceptions. Abortion can be …

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In Exporting Problems, Australia Risks Damaging Ties With

Details: These laws were created in response to the rise of transnational extremist groups like the Islamic State (IS), and the national security concerns that arose from the potential return of “foreign

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Which Countries Support China on Hong Kong’s National

Details: A recent U.N. statement saw 54 countries backing China’s Hong Kong policy, against 39 voicing concern in a rival bloc.

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Democracy Is Teetering in Malaysia as PM Tightens Grip on

Details: 2 days ago · Democracy is Teetering in Malaysia as PM Tightens Grip on Power. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s desperate attempt to hold on to power …

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China’s Xinjiang Province Eyes Anti-Terrorism Law – The

Details: China Daily reports that, for the first time, Xinjiang’s regional legislature is considering anti-terrorism laws. The western province, home to the Uyghur minority group, has seen an increase in

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Concerns Rise as Kyrgyzstan Enacts New NGO Controls – The

Details: Later, the fact sheet notes that while there are other applicable laws, such as those regarding terrorist financing, political lobbying, and money-laundering, “these laws are applicable to

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Nepal, the Beacon of LGBTQ+ Rights in Asia

Details: The outcome of this petition was that the Supreme Court called for the abolishment of laws discriminating against LGBTQ+ individuals, the legal recognition of a “third gender” as well as the

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China’s Progress on Intellectual Property Rights (Yes

Details: Not only has China reformed its IP laws to expand admissible evidence and increase damages for violations, but it has also reformed its legal structures and …

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