Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hong Kong to Criminalize Mockery of Chinese National Anthem

According to Shanghaiist (http://shanghaiist.com), disrespecting the Chinese national anthem will soon be a criminal offense in Hong Kong.
The act is already illegal in China and punishable by up to 15 days in prison with the possibility of further criminal charges being added.
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The law is thought to be implemented to combat widespread disrespect of the anthem at Hong Kong football matches, where large groups of fans have protested by turning their backs and booing while the anthem is played.
Read the full story here (http://shanghaiist.com/2017/10/16/hong-kong-national-anthem-law.php)
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Judge Rules that ‘A Feeble No May Mean Yes’ in Rape Cases

A judge in India overturned a rape conviction earlier this week, explaining that despite the victim’s verbal and physical resistance, the accused had reason to believe that she consented, according the Guardian.

Bollywood movie director Mahmood Farooqui was sentenced to seven years in prison after being convicted for the rape of an American graduate student at his home last year. After appealing his conviction, a judge ruled in his favor and overturned it.

Justice Ashutosh Kumar explained that he had to give Farooqui “the benefit of the doubt” because “instances of woman behavior are not unknown that a feeble no may mean a yes”. The victim testified that she had repeatedly refused Farooqui’s advances and physically resisted, but he restrained her when she tried to prevent him from removing her clothes.
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The verdict is raising concerns about what constitutes consent in India. Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy said it “muddies the water and will confuse a lot of the issues around consent”. The Times of India also criticized it, saying that it “set a potentially dangerous precedent that a no does not always necessarily mean no”.

Read the full story here

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Construction Starting on High-Speed Rail from Bangkok-Korat

A high-speed train route is set to be built from Bangkok and Korat, with construction starting in November, Coconuts Bangkok reports.

A team of Chinese Engineers are being brought in to work on the project. First, they are required to pass examinations on the legal and ethical codes for foreign engineers in Thailand and environmental safety. After that, they will hand over blueprints to the State Railway of Thailand, and construction will commence

When complete, the route will provide locals and tourists with a fast and convenient way to visit Korat, which is most widely known for its national park, Khao Yai. The area has also become a hit with Thailand real estate developers, who have seen the opportunity to build property there. However, Thailand real estate lawyers warn that there is an increasing amount of illegal title deeds that encroach on public land. This is something to watch out for when browsing land or property in the province.

Read the full story here

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Indonesia Could Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Australians Warned

A petition to outlaw sex outside of marriage in Indonesia could affect foreign tourists who frequent the country, News.com.au reports.

The petition was filed by a group called Family Love Alliance, and if successful, it would also outlaw same-sex relations, as gay marriage is illegal in the country.
Andreas Harsono, Human Rights Watch Indonesian researcher, said that it would result in further discrimination against the LGBT community. He called it “ill-informed and bigoted” and said that it was “similar to the anti-LGBT rhetoric espoused by Indonesian officials and politicians earlier this year”.
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Members of the LGBT community suffer discrimination throughout Indonesia. This is in part due to the predominantly Muslim population. Harsono said that very conservative Muslims see homosexuality as a mental illness.

“They believe if they accept it in their society, God’s anger will be on them,” he said.
Indonesia is an extremely popular tourist destination for Australians, who flock to Bali in particular. If law is amended, tourists who are caught having sex outside of marriage could face arrest.

Read the full story here

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Singapore Blogger Fined for Criticizing Anti-Gay Sex Law Court Case

Alex Au Waipang was fined almost $6,000 USD for blog post he wrote two years ago criticizing Singapore’s anti-gay sex laws, reports Global Voices Online.

The Supreme Court of Singapore found Waipang guilty of contempt of court on March 5.
The article in question, published in October 2013, allegedly accused the Chief Justice of rigging court proceedings challenging Singapore’s gay sex ban.

Prosecutors allegedly said the article “unfairly suggested that the Chief Justice had acted impartially” and by doing so “risked undermining public confidence in the administration of justice in Singapore,” according to Global Voices Online.

Waipang reportedly plans to file an appeal.

Thailand Defamation Lawyer Comments:
Laws protecting freedom of speech and freedom of expression vary greatly from country to country. In Thailand, for example, the law allows for freedom of expression to be restricted by the government to preserve national security, maintain public order, and prevent insults to Buddhism. Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws also strictly prohibit any form of criticism of the monarchy—a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Similarly, defamation could be tried as a either a criminal and/or a civil offense under the Thailand Criminal Code.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sydney Massage Parlor Wins Prostitution Court Case

An Australian court ruled that a massage parlor accused of illegal prostitution can stay in business because there wasn't enough evidence of paid sex to meet the legal definition of “brothel,” reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Hornsby Council reportedly spent nearly $100,000 building its case against the Hornsby Massage Centre, including hiring a private investigator to have sex with a prostitute and submit a graphic report as evidence.
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After a year-long court battle, the case was dismissed because, according to the ruling judge, the council had not met the "standard of proof" that the premises met the definition of brothel with more than one prostitute providing services, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Hornsby Council reportedly plans to lobby for an “urgent review” of the “legislative definitions” of a brothel.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

US Housing Scam Fugitive Arrested in Bangkok

Joseph Arsenault, an American who apparently fled to Thailand to escape fraud convictions, was caught and arrested by Thai police in Bangkok after a tip from the United States’ embassy, reports Reuters.

Arsenault was involved in a real estate telemarketing scheme that stole over $20 million from nearly 300 victims by selling Detroit houses at inflated properties under the false impression that they could be flipped and resold for a profit, according to Samui Times.

Arsenault and 15 other defendants were charged in November 2014 with a range of offences including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, according to Reuters.
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Bangkok Police Major General Warawut Thaweechaiyagarn said Arsenault would be deported back to American in the near future.

Read the full story here and here.

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