Denmark Labels Sex without Consent as Rape

by Admin on September 16, 2020

A new law in Denmark now labels sex without consent as rape approved by Denmark’s left-leaning parties. The new law will come into effect by the end of 2020 and aim to reduce the frequency of sexual violence in the country.

Denmark’s Minister of Justice, Nick Haekkerup, states that “We must change society’s understanding of what rape is, and a new consent-based rape provision is a milestone in that effort.” The new law may have been introduced due to a spike in sexual crimes within the past few years, with 2015 to 2019 showing an increase of 2500 to over 6000 reported sexual crimes in the country.

Thailand introduced a similar law in 2019, the ‘Sexual Offenses Law’ adds hefty penalties and broadens the legal definition of sexual assault.

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Chinese-Like Internet Gateway Set for Cambodia

by Admin on September 16, 2020

 

Fear has hit the Cambodian public after the government announced they will be implementing a national internet gateway that aims to “protect national security”. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the sub-decree which contains the plans was drafted in July and is not currently signed.

The draft states the internet gateway will be used to protect “culture” through the restriction of content online. Although many controversial websites may be “blocked” by copyright and other claims, few countries have enacted explicit restrictive measures. Nevertheless, other laws may be used by governments to block websites. Currently, in Thailand, the government has been concerned with a Facebook group that contains anti-monarchy material; however, the group has been allowed to stay on the platform as of now.

Over a dozen people have been penalized for criticizing the government over social media in 2020 with an over 9 million increase in Cambodians using the internet from 2014 to 2019. Human rights advocates are worried that freedom of speech will be impacted through the sub-decree imitating countries like Thailand, who have blocked websites due to violating the lèse majesté law.

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Tourists Enter Phuket in Reopening Trial

September 11, 2020

Four tourists were allowed to enter Phuket as part of a ‘reopening trial’ as a means to test the country’s readiness in terms of handling tourist arrivals. Due to COVID-19, Thailand has been closed to tourists since March, 2020 with the government regulating that only select few groups of people other than Thai Nationals be […]

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Thai TV Actor Arrested for Illegal Entry

September 10, 2020

A foreign man from Belgium has been arrested after allegedly entering Thailand illegally and residing in the country for over 4 years without a lawful visa. The Caucasian dubbed Mr. Prima was popular in Thai film and TV industries as the token ‘farang’ actor due to his western appearance and fluency in Thai. According to […]

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