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Turkey: Court Rules that Child Can Be Exempted from Compulsory Religious Classes

(Mar. 30, 2017) It was reported on March 15, 2017, that a court in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya had issued a decision stating that “compulsory religion classes are ‘openly against the law.’” The ruling was in response to a complaint filed by an atheist family seeking to have their child, “E.D.,” exempted from compulsory […]

Burma: 2017 Union Tax Law Passed

(Mar. 30, 2017) The legislature of Burma (also known as Myanmar) passed the Union Tax Law 2017 (UTL) on March 1, 2017; it will come into force on April 1, 2017. (Suet Yen Loo, Myanmar: Union Tax Law 2017 Adopted, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Mar. 27, 2017), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database (IBFD); Law Draft […]

Netherlands: Legislation to Allow More Testing of Driverless Vehicles

(Mar. 29, 2017) On February 24, 2017, the Dutch Cabinet approved a bill that removes legal restrictions and makes it possible for manufacturers to carry out much more extensive testing of self-driving vehicles, without the physical presence of the driver in the vehicle. (Self-Driving Vehicles to Hit the Roads, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment […]

Taiwan: Amendment of Long-Term Care Act

(Mar. 23, 2017) Taiwan’s Long-Term Care Services Act, which was promulgated on June 3, 2015, but is not slated to become law until June 2017, was amended effective January 28, 2017. (Long-Term Care Services Law: Amendment of Long-term Care Services Law Revises Articles 15, 22, 62 and 66, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendments to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax

(Mar. 20, 2017) The Finance Committee and the Social Welfare and Environmental Health Committees of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (the main parliamentary body) approved a draft amendment to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act on March 13, 2017. (You Kang Yin, Taiwan: Draft Amendment to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Law – Released, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Mar. […]

The Philippines: New Agency Created to Support Drug Enforcement Agency

(Mar. 15, 2017) On March 6, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) that brings together 21 state agencies, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as chair, under a joint command, in order to more effectively combat the country’s drug problem. (Manuel Mogato, Philippine […]

Netherlands: Three New Laws Adopted to Further Counterterrorism Efforts

(Mar. 14, 2017) On February 7, 2017, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) adopted three laws related to combatting terrorism as part of the fulfillment of the country’s Integral Approach Jihadism Action Programme. The program’s aim “is to protect democracy based on the rule of law, to combat and weaken the jihadist movement in the Netherlands, […]

Thailand: New Law on Competitiveness in Targeted Industries

(Mar. 1, 2017) On February 13, 2017, the King of Thailand announced the adoption of the National Competitive Enhancement Act for Targeted Industries, BE 2560 (2017), in the country’s Royal Gazette. (Thailand Waives Corporate Tax in Targeted Industries, THAI LAW FORUM (Feb. 22, 2017); Act to Enhance the Competitiveness of Targeted Industries B.E. 2560, 134:19 RATCHAKITCHANUBEKSA […]

Netherlands: New Offense Tailored to Police Officers’ Use of Force

(Jan. 13, 2017) The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament is considering legislation that addresses the special position of investigating officers in criminal law. (Bill Sent to House of Representatives: Special Position of Investigating Officers in Criminal Law, Ministry of Security and Justice website (Dec. 23, 2016).) Under the draft legislation, “[p]olice […]

Turkey: Three New Decree-Laws Issued Under State of Emergency

(Jan. 11, 2017) Three new decree-laws pursuant to Turkey’s state of emergency were published in the country’s official gazette on January 6, 2017.  Decree-Law 679 provides for additional dismissals of thousands of civil servants, police officers, armed forces personnel, and university professors and staff; at the same time, over 200 individuals who had been dismissed […]