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Germany: Desecration of EU Symbols Criminalized

(July 6, 2020) On June 24, 2020, an amendment to the German Criminal Code entered into force that makes the desecration of European Union (EU) flags and the EU hymn a crime punishable by imprisonment for up to three years or a fine. In particular, it criminalizes desecrating the EU flag or hymn publicly, in […]

Indonesia: Constitutional Court Rejects Challenge to Law Establishing Papua as a Province

(Jan. 31, 2020) On January 6, 2020, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi) issued a decision in which it rejected an application for judicial review of Law No. 12/1969 on the establishment of the West Irian Autonomous Province and the Autonomous Districts in the West Irian Province. (Mahkamah Konstitusi Putusan [Decision] No. 35/PUU-XVII/2019.) The area that made up […]

Maldives: Government Dissolves Human Rights NGO over Report on Radicalization

(Nov. 29, 2019) On November 5, 2019, the government of Maldives decided to dissolve the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN), a nonpartisan NGO that aims to promote human rights and democratic values and principles in the Maldives, over the contents of its 2016 report entitled Preliminary Assessment of Radicalization in the Maldives. The report, which “examined […]

Pakistan: Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Issues Directive Barring TV Anchors from Offering Opinions

(Nov. 21, 2019) On October 27, 2019, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), an independent federal institution responsible for regulating the issuance of broadcasting licenses and distribution of privately owned print and electronic media channels (including those for radio, television, and satellite broadcasting), issued a directive under Section 18(g) of the Television Broadcast Station […]

France: High Court Rejects Complaint Against Insulting Caricature of Politician Marine Le Pen

(Nov. 19, 2019) On October 25, 2019, the Cour de cassation (France’s highest court for matters of civil and criminal law) ruled that a caricature of Marine Le Pen, a member of the French Parliament and leader of the far-right party National Rally (formerly National Front), constituted a legal exercise of free speech under French […]