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Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communication (MoTC) on Wednesday directed telecom companies to temporarily block access to popular social media service Facebook in the country in order to ensure “stability” and prevent misunderstanding amongst the citizens from the “spreading fake news and misinformation” after the junta’s coup d’état earlier this week. Along with Facebook, access [...]

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The Myanmar police filed formal charges against the former head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi, Wednesday for violating import and export laws. She is also being charged for possession of 10 hand-held radios found by the military at her residence in Naypyidaw. The police allege that these communication devices were illegally imported and used [...]

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The Indian Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice seeking a reply from the instant messaging service WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, Inc., in a petition against sharing of data collected on Unified Payment Interface (UPI) platforms. Similar big tech companies with payment platforms, such as Amazon Pay by Amazon, Inc. and Google Pay by Google, [...]

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The High Court for the state of Madhya Pradesh has issued a notice directing the state government to respond to the public interest litigation petition challenging the constitutional validity of the newly promulgated Dharma Swatantrya (Religious Freedom) Ordinance, 2020. The law prohibits religious conversion “by misrepresentation, allurement, use of threat or force, undue influence, coercion, [...]

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The State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan reported on Wednesday that they have detained Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, the former Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, on charges of corruption and illegal enrichment. The arrest took place on Tuesday under the pre-trial framework of the Kyrgyz Criminal Procedure Code. Following Article 98 of the Code, Abylgaziev [...]

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The Moscow Regional Court on Thursday rejected an appeal against detention by Alexei Navalny, a leader of the Russian opposition and well-known critic of President Vladimir Putin’s government. Navalny had been detained by the authorities for 30 days on January 17 for parole violations. The arrest took place immediately upon his return to the country [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Thursday unanimously held that there had been multiple violations of the European Convention on Human Rights during the 2013-14 Maidan protests in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities that led to the removal and flight of President Viktor Yanukovych.?The court gave judgments in five cases having a total of [...]

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government offered on Wednesday to temporarily suspend the implementation of the country’s contentious agricultural reform laws for 12 to 18 months. These reforms were passed by the Parliament in September last year and have sparked continuous protests by farmers opposing the “commercialization” of agriculture. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court [...]

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The Indian Supreme Court on Monday issued notice in a petition challenging the All India Bar Examination Rules 2010 which require an advocate to qualify for the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) within two years after enrolment to a State Bar Council. The writ petition has been filed by Parthsarthi Mahesh Saraf, a new advocate [...]

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The Supreme Court of South Korea on Thursday upheld a 20-year prison sentence for former President Park Guen-hye who was convicted on charges of abuse of power, bribery and coercion in 2018. The rejection of Park’s appeal exhausts all legal remedies, leaving open only the option of a special presidential pardon by incumbent President Moon [...]

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