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Egypt: Measures Taken to Combat Bird and Swine Flu

(May 26, 2009) In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive branch to kill all 300,000 pigs in the country. As a precautionary measure to combat bird […]

Kuwait: Ministry of Justice Provides Marriage Certificate to Stateless Woman

(Apr. 27, 2009) On March 25, 2009, for the first time in Kuwait, a personal status court issued a decision compelling the Ministry of Justice to provide a marriage certificate to a woman considered to be “stateless” (bidun jinsiya). The term bidun jinsiya refers to individuals of foreign ancestry and to members of certain Bedouin […]

Saudi Arabia: Resolution Passed to Assist Children Suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder

(Mar. 16, 2009) The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly issued Resolution promotes the creation of more children's clinics and health centers specialized in combating ADD. […]

Qatar: Expansion of Rights to Practice Law Recommended

(Feb. 13, 2009) On January 27, 2009, Qatar's Shura Council, an appointed body that evaluates proposed legislation, reviewed new amendments to article 4 of Law 23-2006 on the right to practice law. Under the current version of article 4, the Department of State Cases in the Ministry of Justice is the only government entity that […]

Iraq; United States: Parliament Approves Status-of-Forces Agreement

(Jan. 7, 2009) On November 27, 2008, the Iraqi Parliament approved the Status-of-Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States. SOFA calls for the withdrawal of the American forces from Iraqi cities by July 30, 2009, and from the entire country by 2011, with the exception of some elements of the U.S. Special Forces that will […]

Iraq: Parliament Approves Article 50 of the Provincial Election Law

(Nov. 20, 2008) On November 4, 2008, the Iraqi Parliament approved article 50 of the Provincial Election Law, on seats for religious minorities on provincial councils. Through the reinstatement of article 50, which had been removed from the Law when it was passed on September 24, 2008, the Provincial Election Law now recognizes the rights […]

Iraq: The Presidential Council Approves the Provincial Election Law

(Oct. 22, 2008) On September 24, 2008, the Iraqi Presidential Council signed the amended Provincial Election Law into law after a parliamentary debate on the legislation that resulted in the modification of article 24 of the Law. Although Iraqi legislators had previously passed the Provincial Election Law, the Presidential Council vetoed it and sent it […]

Iraq: U.S. Forces and the Iraqi Government Succeed in Implementing the General Amnesty Law

(Sept. 25, 2008) Since the enactment of the General Amnesty Law on March 3, 2008, by the Iraqi Parliament, the United States forces in Iraq began the process of releasing Iraqis being detained in Camp Cropper (a detention site in Baghdad for high-profile detainees)and Camp Bucca (a holding facility in southern Iraq). As part of […]

Iraq: HNDBC Allows More Former Members of the Baath Party to Rejoin Civil Service

(Sept. 10, 2008) On August 20, 2008, as part of the implementation of the Accountability and Justice Law, originally enacted on February 14, 2008, the Higher National De-Baathification Commission (HNDBC) allowed 1,000 former members of the Baath Party to join the civil service in the province of Najaf in southern Iraq. The newly enacted Law […]