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Bahrain: Amendments to Bribery Provisions in the Penal Code

(Mar. 19, 2018) On January 25, 2018, Bahrain issued Law No. 3, which amended a number of provisions of the Penal Code No. 15 of 1976. (Law No. 3 of 2018, Amending Some Provisions of the Penal Code Issued by Decree Law No. 15 of 1976, Official Gazette, No. 3350, Jan. 25, 2018, pp. 6–7, […]

Saudi Arabia: Twin Brothers Charged with Islamic Crime of Hiraba

(Feb. 9, 2018) On January 16, 2018, the Criminal Court of Riyadh began the trial of twin brothers accused of killing their 67-year old mother; attempting to kill their 73-year-old father and twenty-two year old brother; and accusing the rulers, police, and Muslim scholars of apostasy. (Saudi Arabia: Twins on Trial in Al-Hamra District Case […]

Egypt: Three New Amendments to the Penal Code Approved

(Feb. 5, 2018) On January 8, 2018, the Egyptian Parliament, under the chairmanship of the Parliament’s speaker, Dr. Ali Abd al-Aal, approved three new amendments to the Egyptian Penal Code. The first was a draft law aimed at enhancing the protection of children from sexual abuse. The draft law was submitted by the government and […]

Bahrain: Two-Year Imprisonment for Publishing Rumors and False News

(July 19, 2017) On July 10, 2017, the High Criminal Court in Manama, Bahrain, convicted Nabeel Rajab, a human rights activist, of “publishing and disseminating rumours and false news” and sentenced him to two years of imprisonment. (Bahrain: Jail Term for Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Exposes Authorities’ Relentless Campaign to Wipe out Dissent, Amnesty […]

Morocco: Law Aimed at Protecting Domestic Workers Adopted

(Apr. 20, 2017) On August 10, 2016, the King of Morocco issued a decree approving the Law on Fixing the Conditions of Employing and Employment of Female and Male Domestic Workers.  The Law will come into effect, pursuant to its article 27, “one year after the necessary texts needed for its implementation have been published […]

Egypt: New Council to Regulate and Supervise Media Outlets

(Jan. 10, 2017) On December 24, 2016, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt issued Law No. 92 of 2016 on the Institutional Organization of the Press and the Media (OFFICIAL GAZETTE, No. 51 bis (Dec. 24, 2016), available at VETO GATE (in Arabic)). The Law provides for the establishment of the Supreme Council […]

Lebanon: First Step to Repeal Provision Favorable to Rapists and Perpetrators of Lewd Acts

(Dec. 21, 2016) A person who commits certain crimes defined by law, rape; lewd acts by threat, violence, or against minors; and other similar crimes may avoid punishment under a controversial provision of the Penal Code of Lebanon. (Lebanese Penal Code, Legislative Decree No. 340 of 1943, arts. 503-510, 514-521, & 522, United Nations Office […]

Algeria: Governmental Assistance for Elderly Defined by Executive Order

(Dec. 14, 2016) Algerian law gives the elderly in need the right to in-home governmental assistance, leaving the implementation process to the executive branch.  (Law Concerning the Protection of the Elderly, No. 12 of 2010, arts. 21 & 23, JOURNAL OFFICIEL (in Arabic).)  An elderly person is defined as a person who is 65 years […]

Iraq: Legislating the Status of the Popular Mobilization Forces

(Dec. 7, 2016) On November 26, 2016, the Iraqi Parliament institutionalized the people’s fighting forces known as Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, or the Popular Mobilization (PM), by passing a special law on the matter. (Law of the Popular Mobilization Authority (2016 Law), Iraqi Parliament website (Nov. 26, 2016) (in Arabic).) Under the new law, the PM is […]

Syria: Amnesty for Rebels Extended

(Oct. 31, 2016) On July 28, 2016, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar al-Assad, issued Legislative Decree No. 15, granting amnesty from serving any sentence to rebels who are fugitives or are in hiding, if they surrender to authorities with their weapons within a three-month period from the date of issuance of the […]