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Inter-American Court of Human Rights Appearance

15 June 2021. Today, Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), is appearing as an expert witness and presenting a written Statement before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case of Palacio Urrutia and Others v. Ecuador. The case challenges the conviction of journalist Urrutia and fellow defendants … Continue reading

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Mauritius: Proposals to Monitor and Control All Social Media Traffic Very Repressive

12 May 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is releasing two documents analysing, respectively, Mauritius’ Information and Communication Technologies Act 2001 (ICT Act) and recently proposed amendments to that Act. The first is a Note highlighting current human rights problems with the ICT Act, including the lack of independence of media regulators and … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Analysis of the Military’s Changes to the Penal Code

10 May 2021. Myanmar’s military took control of the country in a coup on 1 February 2021. Just two weeks later, on 14 February, they introduced important changes to the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code which have become the primary legal provisions being used to charge journalists, student leaders, civil servants and others … Continue reading

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Russia: Letter in Solidarity with Ivan Pavlov

7 May 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is pleased to join more than 100 other organisations and individuals in endorsing a letter in solidarity with Ivan Pavlov, a Russian human rights activist and lawyer who has been criminally charged with disclosing data of a preliminary investigation which has been declared secret. The … Continue reading

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Namibia: Access to Information Bill Strong But Reforms Could Make it an African Leader

30 April 2021. Today, as Namibia hosts the World Press Freedom Day Global Conference 2021, the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) released an Analysis of Namibia’s Access to Information Bill. This Bill, which was tabled in parliament in 2021, would give individuals a right to access information held by government. Overall, the Analysis shows … Continue reading

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China: Analysis of Hong Kong National Security Law

25 April 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is today releasing an Analysis of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (referred to informally as the national security law for Hong Kong). The law has become notorious for its broad restrictions … Continue reading

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Myanmar: The Right to Protest and to Cover Protests

14 April 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy has released a summary, in English and Burmese, on the rights of protesters in Myanmar and of the media workers who cover protests. Widespread protests have broken out across Myanmar in response to the 1 February 2021 military coup d’etat, and the military has responded with … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Democracy Activist and Publisher Jimmy Lai Under Attack

12 April 2021.  The Centre for Law and Democracy has published a Note that explains the recent legal troubles faced by Hong Kong publisher and democracy activist Jimmy Lai. Lai is facing reprisals from authorities in Hong Kong and mainland China due to the outspoken newspaper he founded, Apple Daily, and his other activities as … Continue reading

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UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression: Submission on Disinformation

10 March 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) has provided a Submission on disinformation to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression. The Submission is in response to a call by the Special Rapporteur for inputs into her June 2021 report to the Human Rights Council, which will focus on disinformation and … Continue reading

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Colombia: Amicus Brief in Defamation Case

1 March 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) has submitted an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief to the Constitutional Court of Colombia, setting out international standards to support the claim that a civil defamation provision from a 1944 law is unconstitutional. The provision, Article 55 of Law 29 of 1944, provides … Continue reading

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Joint Statement: Malaysian Federal Court Decision a Setback to Media Freedom

23 February 2021. CLD joins with Malaysian and international media organisations and freedom of expression groups to voice concern over the conviction of Malaysian news outlet Malaysiakini on contempt of court charges. This conviction could have serious impacts on the exercise of freedom of expression throughout the country. The conviction is based on five comments … Continue reading

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Cambodia: Joint Statement on the National Internet Gateway Sub-Decree

18 February 2021. CLD is one of 45 organisations jointly calling on Cambodia to reconsider the Sub-Decree on the Establishment of the National Internet Gateway. We are concerned about the harmful impact of this Sub-Decree on the exercise of human rights in Cambodia, especially the rights to freedom of expression, access to information and privacy. … Continue reading

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UN: Submission on the Right to Information

1 February 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) has provided a written Submission on Normative Frameworks for the Right to Information to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The OHCHR is preparing a report on this issue to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council at its … Continue reading

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Are You a Law Student Interested in International Human Rights? Summer Internship Applications Now Open

15 January 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), an international human rights organisation based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will host up to four interns for the summer of 2021. The position will involve a range of substantive legal work in areas such as freedom of expression, media law, digital rights and access to … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Analysis of Digital IDs and Human Rights

11 December 2020. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is today releasing a Human Rights Analysis of Biometric Digital ID Systems providing insight into the issue of developing a human rights compliant biometric digital ID system. A system of this sort is currently being considered in Myanmar. The Analysis reviews the human rights that … Continue reading

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Standing Up for Journalists’ Rights – A Status from Myanmar

10 December 2020. For United Nations Human Rights Day 2020, CLD’s Toby Mendel shared a blog post about media freedom in Myanmar at the website of partner International Media Support. The blog is available here and reproduced below.   Standing up for journalists’ rights – a status from Myanmar Blog by: Toby Mendel This blog … Continue reading

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Newfoundland and Labrador: Analysis of Access to Information Act

27 November 2020. Today, the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) provided a written Submission to the five-year review of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. This is the first review since the law was substantially overhauled in 2015, after which it earned 111 out … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Update on Recent Legal Developments

24 November 2020. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is today releasing a Note highlighting a number of legal developments which have an impact on freedom of expression and which were proposed or adopted in 2020. These are part of CLD’s ongoing work in the country on media freedom issues, in collaboration with International … Continue reading

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Public’s Right to Know More Important Than Ever During Pandemic

6 November 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic’s second-wave continues to sweep across much of the country, the federal government has maintained a very cavalier approach to meeting its legal obligations under Canada’s Access to Information Act. According to a 21 October report in the Winnipeg Free Press, less than half of federal access to information … Continue reading

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CLD’s Initial Input for Consultations on Canada’s OGP National Action Plan

16 October 2020. CLD has submitted initial input for the idea-generation phase of consultations hosted by the Government of Canada as part of preparations for Canada’s fifth Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan. The text of our submission is available below.   Centre for Law and Democracy16 October 2020Initial Input for the Idea-Generation Phase … Continue reading

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