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Mozambique: New Penal Code Removes Colonial Era Dispositions Against Homosexuality

(July 6, 2015) On June 29, 2015, a new Penal Code came into effect in Mozambique, 180 days after it was approved and published in the Official Gazette on December 31, 2014. Among other changes, the harsh provisions on homosexuality found in the earlier Code have been removed. (Lei n.º 35/2014, de 31 de Dezembro, […]

Mozambique: Excise, Customs Changes Adopted

(Sept. 10, 2013) In August 2013, Mozambique announced two changes to its tax regulations. One change, effective August 14, implements Law No. 17/2007 of January 7, 2013, which was published in the country’s Official Bulletin on August 13, 2013. Law No. 17 had set excise duties on manufactured tobacco products, such as cigarettes, at MZM320 […]

Mozambique: Berne Convention Ratified

(Sept. 3, 2013) On August 22, 2013, Mozambique ratified the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, initially adopted in September 1886, which forms the basis of international protection of copyright. The ratification occurred when Mozambican Ambassador Pedro Afonso, who is the permanent representative of the country at the United Nations, deposited […]

Mozambique: UN Human Rights Expert Calls for Independent Judiciary

(Dec. 15, 2010) According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to guarantee a genuinely independent and impartial judiciary. (UN Expert Calls for Independent Mozambique Judiciary, India Blooms […]

Mozambique: New Law Lifts Restrictions on Establishment and Operation of Casinos

(Jan. 19, 2010) It was reported on January 11, 2009, that Armando Guebuza, the President of Mozambique, signed into law an amendment to the 1994 gambling law. (Guebuza Promulgates Casino Bill, AGENCIA DE INFORMACAO DE MOCAMBIQUE, Jan. 11, 2010, available at Mozambique's parliament unanimously passed the bill in June 2009, and the Constitutional Council, […]

Mozambique: Bill on Domestic Violence

(July 6, 2009) Mozambique: Bill on Domestic Violence It was reported on June 29, 2009, that the Mozambican Parliament unanimously passed the first reading of a bill on domestic violence and sent it to committee for work on some details before it is put to a final vote. (Assembly Passes Bill Against Domestic Violence, CLUB […]

Mozambique: Bill to Put Criminal Investigation under Autonomous Body

(May 15, 2009) It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM will be part of the Interior Ministry, its administration will be autonomous and it will be […]

Mozambique: Constitutionality of Election Laws Challenged

(Apr. 28, 2009) The Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), a former rebel movement turned political party, recently went before Mozambique's Constitutional Council, a body with a mandate to give final rulings in matters of constitutional law, and asked that certain provisions of a 2007 election law and a law on harmonization of general and provincial elections […]

Mozambique: Government Ratifies Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

(May 2, 2008) On April 8, 2008, the Mozambican Republic Assembly ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, becoming the 145th state to do so. According to the treaty, Mozambique cannot carry out any tests involving the explosion of nuclear weapons or any type of nuclear explosion; it is obligated to avoid such explosions in […]

Mozambique: New Law Punishes Trafficking in Persons

(May 2, 2008) In April 2008, the Mozambican Parliament approved a law specifically criminalizing trafficking in persons. According to the new law, trafficking in persons is defined as the recruiting, transporting, or harboring of a person, by any means, under the pretext of domestic or foreign employment, education, or apprenticeship. The use of individuals for […]