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Burkina Faso: Government Effort to Register Citizens

(June 2, 2009) In response to a recommendation of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, the government of Burkina Faso has announced a national program to register all citizens in the next 12 months, at a cost of over US$4 million. It is estimated that about 5.5 million people, mostly women […]

Peru: Anti-Drug Effort Jurisdiction and Drug Registry

(Sept. 16, 2008) On July 8, 2008, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru promulgated Law No. 29251, amending Law No. 28303 on the supervision of chemical ingredients and controlled products. The Law specifies those entities that have the authority to control and supervise material that can be used in the production of drugs and creates […]

Belarus: National Population Database

(Aug. 29, 2008) On July 28, 2008, the President of Belarus signed the Law on Population Registry. The Law provides for the creation of a database that will include information on all citizens and residents of the nation. The declared goals of this Law are to expedite the issuance of personal documents and other information […]

Croatia: Personal Identification Numbers Issued

(June 2, 2008) On May 9, 2008, the Croatian Parliament adopted the Law on Personal Identification Numbers, under which personal identification numbers (PINs) will be introduced in Croatia for both individuals and businesses at the beginning of 2009. The numbers will be determined randomly, so that personal data cannot be identified. The PIN for new-born […]

France: Biometric Passports

(June 2, 2008) On April 30, 2008, the French government issued a decree implementing biometric passports and creating a national database to store fingerprints, photographs, and information relating to the civil status of passport applicants. The decree was published in the official gazette of May 4, 2008. It is designed to comply with European Council […]

Bangladesh: National Identification Card

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 30, 2008, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved the National Identity Registration Authority Ordinance 2008. The ordinance establishes that the Home Ministry will serve as the control ministry for providing national identification cards. It also states that voter identity cards being provided by the Election […]

European Union: Data Protection Supervisor’s Opinion on Fingerprint Proposal

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 26, 2008, the European Union Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Peter Hustinx – who is in charge of safeguarding the personal data and the right to privacy of EU citizens – issued an opinion expressing his concern and raising a red flag over the European Commission’s proposal on harmonization of security […]

China: Clearance of Administrative Regulations and Rules

(Mar. 2, 2008) The State Council of China issued the State Council Decision on Abolishing Some Administrative Regulations (Guowuyuan guanyu Feizhi Bufen Xingzheng Fagui de Jueding, the Decision) on January 23, 2008; it takes effect upon publication. According to the Decision, the State Council has reviewed all 655 administrative regulations it issued up to the […]

Sri Lanka: ID Offices to Be Computerized

(Feb. 2, 2008) Sri Lanka's Ministry of Internal Administration has announced that it will establish units in each region of the country to issue computerized identity cards. The new offices will be run by the Department of Registration of Persons, under the Ministry's direction. There are several such offices already established, and the Ministry has […]

Japan: Korean A-Bomb Survivors

(Dec. 2, 2007) Although Japan's A-Bomb Special Measures Law of 1968 did not clearly exclude A-bomb survivors who lived outside Japan from being recipients of health maintenance allowances, the Health Ministry notification of 1974 excluded them. Forty Koreans who returned to Korea after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima sued the Japanese government in Japan, […]