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September 21 2019

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September 08 2019

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@Reuters [video available]: Thousands of Hong Kong protesters chant the U.S. national anthem and call on President Donald Trump to ‘liberate’ the Chinese-ruled city. More here: reut.rs/2UDOEDV

@spacelabtongs: The Chinese & Hong Kong regimes have embarrassed themselves throughout these months on behalf of all Hongkongers. Now we just want the US Congress to #PassHKHumanRightsAndDemocracyAct to end this nonsense.

@nobias_org: This was done by the NED or National Endowment for Democracy (CIA with a different skin), NED had done similar jobs in many countries, Venezuela, Georgia, Ukraine, Lybia, etc. Their goal is to destory each target and make them become US' puppet.

May 21 2019

Love wins: same-sex marriage law fully endorsed by Taiwan’s legislature

Taiwan is the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage, now officially voted by the parliament. The first weddings are expected on May 24.
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February 15 2019

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July 31 2018

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Israeli Christian, Druze communities denounce ‘Jewish nation-state’ law

“On Sunday, the Catholic Church in the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds condemned the ‘nation-state’ law that cleared the Israeli parliament on July 19, The Times of Israel reported.

The Latin Patriarchate, which represents the Roman Catholic Church, said in a statement, ‘The law fails to provide any constitutional guarantees for the rights of the indigenous and other minorities living in the country.’

‘Palestinian citizens of Israel, constituting 20 percent are flagrantly excluded from the law,’ it added, citing an example.

‘It is beyond conception that a law with constitutional effect ignores an entire segment of the population as if its members never existed,’ the church said. ‘It sends an unequivocal signal to the Palestinian citizens of Israel, to the effect that in this country they are not at home.’

The legislation also violated international laws, the church said, calling on Christians to rise in protest against the legislation.”

“The law prioritizes ‘Jewish’ values over democratic ones, declares al-Quds the ‘capital’ of Israel, and sets Hebrew as the official language, relegating Arabic from an official language to one with ‘special status.’”

June 14 2018

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June 13 2018

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January 28 2018

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July 18 2017

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June 25 2017

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  • New Japanese Anti-Terror Law Could Hurt Social Trust, Lead to Self-Censorship (Sputnik International, Jun. 16 2017)

    “A controversial ‘anti-conspiracy’ law passed by Japan’s parliament on Thursday could damage mutual trust between Japanese people and lead many to enact self-censorship, experts told Sputnik.”

  • Japan Could Launch Wave of 'Mass Surveillance' Amid New Security Bill - Snowden (Sputnik International, Jun. 1 2017)

    “Japanese citizens could face a wave of ‘mass surveillance’ amid government efforts to adopt a bill that could strengthen police powers to enhance counterterrorism measures, US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden told the Japanese Kyodo news agency in an interview.

    The whistleblower added that the consequences for Japanese society could be even more severe if the adopted bill would coincide with the use of the XKEYSCORE data collection system.

    ‘This is the beginning of a new wave of mass surveillance in Japan,’ Snowden said.

    According to him, the situation in the Asian country was reminiscent of the security situation in the United States shortly after 9/11.”

June 17 2017

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Al Jazeera: Protests in Japan as anti-conspiracy bill passed

“Despite resistance from the opposition bloc, the bill was approved after more than 17 hours of debate. The bill writes 277 new crimes into law.”

But the opposition says many are petty crimes, targeting regular citizens, such as copyright violations or even stealing lumber from forests.”

“The government says the bill is part of the international joint effort against crime ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.

After the parliamentary vote on Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters the law seeks to protect Japanese citizens and is part of the Convention on Transnational Organized Crime, ‘to prevent terrorism before it happens’.

But critics say it's an abuse of power and an unconstitutional attack on freedom of expression.

‘This legislation is the perfect example of how the government is using counterterrorism as an excuse for mass-surveilance of ordinary citizens and activists, trying to re-militarise the country and crackdown on dissidents,’ Tokyo resident, Lisa Torio, told Al Jazeera.”

“In an interview with Kyodo News earlier this month, US whistleblower Edward Snowden called the bill ‘the beginning of a new wave of mass-surveillance in Japan’.

‘This is a normalisation of a surveillance culture, that has not previously existed in Japan in public’, he said.”

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June 15 2017

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Farewell to Pacifism: Japan Passes Bill Allowing Troops to Fight Abroad

“The new legislation, abolishing Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution that renounces the use of force in settling international disputes, would allow the co-called Self-Defense Force to be sent overseas in an offensive military posture for the first time in seven decades.”
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Japan accused of stifling freedom with new terror law - CNN.com

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“Under the new laws, it will make it illegal to plan to commit 277 criminal actions, from arson to copyright infringement.

Koichi Nakano, political science professor at Tokyo's Sophia University, told CNN the new legislation ‘fundamentally’ changed Japan's legal system. ‘Unless a crime in committed in Japan, you don't get punished ... now if they think you are thinking of preparing to commit a crime, even before you're arrested, you'll be put under surveillance,’ he said.

‘It leads to a substantial expansion of police power to investigate people and put them under surveillance.’

Nakano compared the new legislation to the Peace Prevention Law enacted in Japan in 1925, which led to the country's infamous Thought Police.

‘At that time, they reassured people that ordinary people won't be affected. But the law was abused, it persecuted communists, and then religious leaders, leaders and ordinary people,’ he said.”

“Jeff Kingston, Asian Studies director at Japan's Temple University, told CNN Abe was using fear to crack down on Japanese society.

‘The government has been trying to use extensive fear mongering as a way to justify curbing civil liberties and putting democracy in handcuffs,’ he said.

‘They are giving the police extensive powers and criminalizing things that ought not to be a crime in a democracy.’

The laws have provoked protests since December, growing in intensity over recent weeks, after the extent of Abe's new laws became public knowledge.”

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Japan rams through contentious anti-conspiracy bill - France 24

“The legislation would criminalise plotting and preparing to commit 277 ‘serious crimes’ that critics such as the Japan Federation of Bar Associations note include acts with no obvious connection to terrorism or organised crime, such as sit-ins to protest construction of apartment buildings or copying music.

Opponents see the legislation as part of a broader agenda by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to increase state powers and fear ordinary citizens could be targeted, despite government assurances to the contrary.

Combined with a widening of legal wiretapping and the reluctance of courts to limit police surveillance powers, the changes could deter grassroots opposition to government policies, critics say.

To try to speed up passage of the law, the ruling bloc took the rare, contentious step of skipping a vote in an upper house committee and moving directly to a vote in the full upper house.

The U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, wrote to Abe last month asking him to address the risk that the changes could ‘lead to undue restrictions to the rights to privacy and to freedom of expression’.

In an email to Reuters, Cannataci said the Japanese government had used ‘the psychology of fear’ to push through ‘defective legislation’.

‘Japan needs to improve its safeguards for privacy, now even more so that this supsicious piece of legislation has been put on the statute books,’ he said in the email.

Critics say gathering information on possible plots would require expanded police surveillance, and the legislation has been compared to Japan’s ‘thought police’, who before and during World War Two had broad powers to investigate political groups seen as a threat to public order.”

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BBC News: Japan passes controversial anti-terror conspiracy law

What changes with the new law?

The law, which criminalises the plotting and committing of 277 acts, amends an existing law against organised crime syndicates.

It bans the procurement of funds or supplies and the surveying of a location in preparation of any of these offences.

An entire group - defined as two or more people - can be charged if at least one member is found to have been plotting the crime.

It also bans the expansion or maintenance of illicit interests of organised crime groups.

Japan has signed a UN convention against transnational organised crime, but not yet ratified it. The government said the new law was needed for ratification to go ahead.

Mr Abe told reporters the law would allow Japan to ‘firmly cooperate with international society to prevent terrorism’.

What kind of crimes are on the list?

The ruling bloc has been attempting to push through the legislation for months. An earlier draft had listed 676 crimes, but it was pared down to 277.

The law bans the plotting of serious crimes such as terrorism but also lesser offences such as;

  • Copying music
  • Conducting sit-ins to protest against the construction of apartment buildings
  • Using forged stamps
  • Competing in a motor boat race without a licence
  • Mushroom picking in conservation forests
  • Avoiding paying consumption tax

Why are critics objecting?

Though the government has promised that the law will not be used unfairly, critics remain unconvinced.

They say the law is too broadly worded and gives the authorities sweeping powers.

They have also questioned the inclusion of certain acts and asked how they could be linked to terrorism and organised crime.

The government argues some could be used in association with criminal operations - for example, a gang or terror cell could fund its operations from the sale of illegally picked mushrooms.

But an editorial by newspaper The Mainichi said this argument was ‘unconvincing’, as many other possible illegal sources of revenue such as marine poaching are not included on the list.

‘While the sale of such seafood may also bring profits, that is not subject to the anti-conspiracy bill. What sets seafood apart from blessings from the mountains?’ it said.

Critics have also taken issue with the way the bill was pushed through, as the ruling bloc took the unusual step of bypassing certain formalities to ensure it would be speedily passed.

They have accused the government of steamrolling the opposition, and questioned whether this was aimed at protecting Mr Abe from being grilled on a brewing political scandal.

An opposition party recently accused the prime minister of influencing a government decision to fund and approve a veterinary school at a university owned by Mr Abe's friend.

Mr Abe has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.”

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May 25 2017

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忘れてはならない問題は、法律の制定者は法の制定の際に、たいてい多数の要望や意見を考慮し、人々の本当の利益になるものを考慮しません。そのためときに多数が求める法を制定しますが、それは個人や社会に害をもたらす可能性があります。例えば、一部の先進国での売春や同性婚に関する法規などがそれにあたります。
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“On Tuesday, Japan's House of Representatives, approved the so-called ‘conspiracy bill,’ which lists 277 new types of offenses which lawmakers say threaten Japanese national security.

Tokyo argues the legislation needs to be adopted ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 to fight terrorism and organized crime. The Japanese government also says that the bill is necessary to ratify United Nations' Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

Opponents of the new measures argue that the government will now be able to prosecute those who have nothing to do with terrorism or serious crime enterprises. Critics further fear the legislation could equate such offenses as sit-in protests and violations of copyrights to ‘serious crimes.’

The proposed bill needs to be ratified by the upper house, the House of Councillors, before it becomes a law. It is expected to be enacted as the ruling coalition also has a majority in the upper house.

Recalling the Japanese police state policies of the 1930-1940’s, thousands of Japanese took to the streets to decry the erosion of their civil liberties and to protest increased police powers.

Protesters carried placards condemning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government. They also chanted slogans venting their opposition to several other issues, including Japan's nuclear power policies, the American presence in Okinawa and an increase in the hourly wage.”

Thousands protest Japan’s controversial ‘anti-conspiracy bill’ (PHOTOS, VIDEO) (RT News, May 25 2017)

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