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Taiwan: Proposal to Grant Witnesses Right to Legal Assistance During Questioning

(Jan. 9, 2018) On December 22, 2017, two members of Taiwan’s legislature, John Wu and Lin Wei-chou of the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, KMT), made public at a news conference a proposed draft amendment to Taiwan’s Code of Criminal Procedure that would give witnesses who are being questioned by prosecutors or investigators the right to have […]

China: Revisions to Laws on Judges and Prosecutors Proposed

(Jan. 8, 2018) On December 22, 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) began discussions on draft amendments to the country’s laws on judges and prosecutors. Five days later, the legislative body completed a first reading of the two draft revisions. (China Mulls Revisions to Laws on Judges, Prosecutors, […]

Taiwan: Action Plan to Reduce Air Pollution, Shift to Electric Vehicles

(Dec. 29, 2017) On December 21, 2017, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan (Cabinet) publicly announced an action plan to cut air pollution and foster renewable energy. One component of the plan will be a ban on the sale of nonelectric two- and four-wheel vehicles that burn fossil fuels. (Cabinet Proposes to Ban Sale of Nonelectric Vehicles, TAIWAN […]

Netherlands: Draft Law to End Advisory Referendum Law

(Dec. 29, 2017) Kajsa Ollongren, Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands, stated on December 20, 2017, that she had submitted legislation to the Dutch Parliament on the repeal of the country’s law that provides for non-binding advisory referendums. (Dutch Cabinet Wants No Referendum on Law to End Referendums, MADISON.COM (Dec. 20, […]

Turkey: Law to Increase Tax Revenues Adopted

(Dec. 28, 2017) On December 5, 2017, Turkey’s Law No. 7061 on the Amendment of Some Tax Laws and Some Other Laws, which was adopted on November 28, 2017, was published in the Official Gazette (Resmi Gazete). Aspects of the Law become effective on various dates. (Bazi Vergi Kanunlari ile Diger Bazi Kanunlarda Degisiklik Yapilmasina […]

Turkey: Ban on LGBTI Group Gatherings in Capital Province

(Dec. 27, 2017) A press release issued on November 19, 2017, by the Governorship of Ankara Province in Turkey announced an indefinite ban as of November 18 on certain events held by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) non-governmental organizations. (Yasaklama Kararına Iliskin Basin Duyurusu [Press Release Regarding Prohibition Decision] (Press Release), Ankara Governorship […]

Cambodia: Supreme Court Dissolves Main Opposition Party

(Dec. 6, 2017) On November 16, 2017, Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the country’s main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), and placed a five-year ban to effectively preclude 118 CNRP members from participation in any political activity.  (Prak Chan Thul & Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Cambodia’s Opposition Braces for Supreme Court Decision, REUTERS (Nov. […]

Netherlands: Human Rights Institute Rules Police Administrative Staffer Can Wear Hijab with Uniform

(Dec. 1, 2017) On November 20, 2017, the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (College voor de rechten van de mens), an independent supervisory body established in 2002 that took over the tasks of the Dutch Equal Rights Commission, issued a non-binding ruling to the effect that the Dutch police were wrong to prohibit a Muslim […]

Netherlands: Referendum to Be Held on Surveillance Law

(Nov. 17, 2017) On November 1, 2017, the Electoral Council (Kiesraad) of the Netherlands publicly announced that, based on the more than 384,000 valid signatures received requesting it, a referendum on the Act on Intelligence and Security Services will be held within six months. (Press Release, Referendum over Wiv gaat door [Referendum on Wiv Coming Along], Kiesraad […]

China/Hong Kong/Macau: Penalization of Disrespect for National Anthem Under Tenth Criminal Code Amendment

(Nov. 8, 2017) On November 4, 2017, that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted an amendment to the country’s Criminal Code to include criminal sanctions, including up to three years of imprisonment, for disrespecting the national anthem. (Amendment (10) to the Criminal Code of […]