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Kenya: Raising of the Bar

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 16, 2008, the Nairobi newspaper BUSINESS DAILY reported that Kenya's High Court had issued a judgment refusing 15 law students with degrees from foreign universities the opportunity to retake exams at the Kenya School of Law – the only recognized Kenyan institution to offer the final exams that must be […]

Nigeria: New Anti-Corruption Body Planned

(Feb. 2, 2008) President Umaru Yar'Adua stated on January 15, 2008, that Nigeria would establish a new government unit aimed at monitoring suspicious financial transactions, modeled on similar bodies in the United States and China, in order to strengthen anti- corruption efforts in the public sector. Since Yar'Adua took office in May 2007, seven state […]

Netherlands: Agreement Reached on Government Finances of Future Countries of Curacao and Sint Maarten

(Feb. 2, 2008) It was reported on January 23, 2008, that the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao, and Sint Maarten had reached agreement on supervision of the government finances of the future countries of Curacao and Sint Maarten, both of which will gain independent country status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands after the Antillean […]

China: Legal Scholars Call for Ratification of ICCPR

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 1, 2008, several legal scholars in China urged the State Council (Cabinet) to speed the process for the country's ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) before the upcoming summer Olympic Games in Beijing, by submitting the document to the National People's Congress (NPC) before the […]

China: Protocol to Child Rights Convention Ratified

(Jan. 3, 2008) China's National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) adopted a decision on December 29, 2007, to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflicts. China signed the Protocol on March 15, 2001. The Optional Protocol entered into force on February […]

Taiwan: Penalties for DUI Stiffened

(Jan. 2, 2008) On January 2, 2008, an amendment to Taiwan's Criminal Law that increases the penalties for driving under the influence was promulgated. Article 185-3 specifies that those who, due to the use of narcotics, controlled substances, alcohol, or other similar substances, drive a motor vehicle while unable to drive safely, will be sentenced […]

China: Decision Postpones Universal Suffrage in Hong Kong Again

(Jan. 2, 2008) While some news sources contend that Beijing's "nod to universal suffrage in 2017" is "a significant attempt to end the decades-long row over the pace of democratization" in Hong Kong as well as historic because "it is the first time Beijing has acknowledged the democratic process in electing a chief executive," others […]

China: Anti-Narcotics Law Adopted

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 29, 2007, the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) adopted China's first anti-drug law, 71 articles long; it abrogates a December 28, 1990, NPCSC 16-article decision on the subject. The new law will be in force as of June 1, 2008. Narcotics are defined under the law as opium, marijuana, […]

China: Income Tax Law

(Jan. 2, 2008) The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress adopted a decision to amend the Law on Individual Income Tax on December 29, 2007 (Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui Changwu Weiyuanhui guanyu xiugai Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Geren suode shui fa de jueding, National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China Web site, Dec. […]

Nepal: Term of U.N. Mission Extended

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Cabinet of the interim government of Nepal agreed on November 20, 2007, to extend the term of the U.N. mission in Nepal by six months. The government must formally notify U.N. headquarters at least one month before the expiry of the term, which began on January 23, 2007, in order to […]