Controversy Swirls as India Implements New Criminal Laws Amidst Widespread Criticism and Protests

New Delhi, India — A suite of three controversial criminal laws introduced in 2023 by the Indian Parliament has sparked widespread criticism from various sectors of society, including legal experts and opposition political parties. These new statutes, which went into effect on July 1, include the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), replacing the Indian Penal Code of 1860; the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, replacing the Indian Evidence Act of 1872; and the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS), which supersedes the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1973. These legislations, signed into law by President Droupadi Murmu on December … Read more

Vietnam Enhances Child Safety in Vehicles with New Laws, Sets Global Example in Road Safety Initiatives

Hanoi, Vietnam – Vietnam’s National Assembly has enacted significant changes to the country’s road safety laws to enhance the protection of children traveling by car. The revised regulations, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and various global partners, mandate that children under 10 years old or shorter than 135 cm must use child restraint systems and sit in the back seat of vehicles. This legislative push addresses the urgent need to boost the safety of young passengers in light of Vietnam’s burgeoning road traffic, which is marked by a steep increase in the number … Read more

Chilling Effect: New Study Reveals How Anti-Diversity Laws Dishearten and Silence LGBTQ+ Academics

In recent developments across the United why are many educators and advocates are raising alarms about the potential impacts of state-level bans on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in higher education. With nine states having already enacted such bans and over 20 others considering similar legislation, the academic landscape is undergoing significant changes that may particularly affect LGBTQ+ faculty and students. The measures, which specifically target policies aimed at fostering a diverse and inclusive academic environment, have sparked a broad debate about the role of higher education in promoting social equity. Critics argue that … Read more

New Jersey Accuses Morris, Essex Landlords of Violating Laws on Emotional Support Animals

Trenton, NJ — New Jersey authorities are taking action against landlords in Morris and Essex counties for allegedly violating federal and state housing laws by restricting tenants’ rights to keep emotional support animals. This move highlights ongoing tensions between property managers and renters who require these animals for mental health reasons. The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, which enforces anti-discrimination laws, has issued findings of probable cause against several landlords. The landlords are accused of denying accommodations for emotional support animals, a practice that is protected under the Fair Housing Act. Emotional support animals, … Read more