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Sri Lanka: Supreme Court Rules Against New Tax Law

(Aug. 28, 2017) On August 4, 2017, the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, announced that he had been informed that the Supreme Court would not approve the proposed new Inland Revenue Act. (Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Shoots Down Tax Reforms, DAILY STAR (Aug. 6, 2017).)  Under the Constitution of Sri Lanka, the […]

Mauritania: Senate Abolished in Referendum

(Aug. 22, 2017) On August 5, 2017, Mauritania held a referendum in which the country voted to change to its government structure, abolishing the Senate. (Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi, Mauritania Votes in Referendum to Abolish Senate, PAPER CHASE (Aug. 7, 2017).) Previously there was a bicameral legislature that consisted of the Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh) and the National […]

Indonesia: Fishing Regulation to Be Implemented

(July 20, 2017) Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastuti, recently announced that the use of cantrang, a kind of seine net for fishing, will no longer be permitted in Indonesian waters after December of this year. Cantrangs are part of a class of nets considered harmful to the environment in general and to […]

Sri Lanka: New Tax Law Designed to Facilitate Investment

(July 20, 2017) Sri Lanka’s parliament recently adopted new tax legislation. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance and Media, Mangala Samaraweera, described the new Inland Revenue Act as designed to make the country attractive to investors. Provisions that will broaden the tax base and simplify the system, he says, will create an investor-friendly atmosphere.  (Sri Lanka’s […]

Indonesia: Radical Groups May Now Be Banned Without Court Decision

(July 19, 2017) On July 10, 2017, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo signed a decree that makes it possible to ban radical organizations without a court procedure. The measure was announced publicly on July 12 by Wiranto, the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Security, and Law.  (Stephen Wright, Indonesia’s President Signs Decree to Ban Radical Groups, JOURNAL […]

Poland: Extradition Request for Accused Nazi

(July 18, 2017) In June 2017, special prosecutors from Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance filed an extradition request for a man now living in Minnesota.  The request was sent via the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C.  The man in question, Michael Karkoc, was a former commander of a Nazi unit reportedly composed of Ukrainian […]

Indonesia: Call to Update Terrorism Law

(July 6, 2017) Speaking on June 27, 2017, Indonesian legislator Mulfachri Harahap called for the revision of the country’s law against terrorism to be completed swiftly. He referred to the recent fatal stabbing of a police officer on June 25 in Medan, in North Sumatra Province, allegedly by terrorists who support the Islamic State, and […]

International Criminal Court/Sudan: Prosecutor Calls for End to Impunity

(June 20, 2017) On June 8, 2017, Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), called again for the United Nations Security Council and the world in general to support efforts to pursue justice for violations of human rights in Darfur, a region in western Sudan. (Ram Eachambadi, ICC Prosecutor Urges International Community […]

United Nations: Treaty on Mercury to Come into Force

(June 7, 2017) On May 19, 2017, the United Nations announced that the Minamata Convention on Mercury will become effective on August 16, 2017.  The Convention has been signed by 128 countries and now ratified or acceded to by more than 50 states, including most recently Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden.  […]

United Nations: Draft Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

(June 1, 2017) On May 22, 2017, a United Nations panel released a draft of a treaty that would ban all use of nuclear weapons. The prohibition would extend to all production, acquisition, transfer, or use of those weapons.  (Autumn Callan, UN Panel Releases Draft Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons, PAPER CHASE (May 23, 2017); Draft […]