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France: Legislators Considering New Law to Fight Terrorism

(Sept. 30, 2014) French legislators are currently considering a proposed new law to reinforce the legal arsenal against terrorism. (Projet de loi renforçant les dispositions relatives à la lutte contre leterrorisme [Draft Law to Reinforce Provisions Regarding the Fight Against Terrorism], No. 2110 (July 9, 2014), Assemblée nationale website.) This draft law was adopted by […]

Egypt: Presidential Decree Enhances Punishments Against Legal Persons and Individuals Receiving Foreign Funding

(Sept. 26, 2014) On September 21, 2014, President Abdal Fatah al Sisi of Egypt issued Presidential Decree No. 128 of 2014, amending article 78 of the country’s Penal Code with the aim ofimpeding foreign funding of individuals and local organizations operating in Egypt. (Presidential Decree No. 128 of 2014, 38(bis)(a) AL-JARIDAH AL-RASMIYAH (Sept. 21, 2014).) […]

China: Control over Foreign Movies and TV Shows on Online Video Sites Tightened

(Sept. 22, 2014) China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) recently issued a circular on strengthening control over foreign movies and TV shows on online Chinese video sites, according to a summary of the circular published on the media regulator’s official website on September 5, 2014. (Guojia Xinwen Chuban Guangdian Zongju […]

Israel: Prohibition of Age-Based Discrimination in Public Places and in Provision of Products and Services

(July 15, 2014) On July 7, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prohibition of Discrimination (Amendments) Law, 5774-2014. (Text [in Hebrew], Knesset website, [scroll down to appropriate link].) Explanatory notes for the bill state that public attention to the harmful impact of age-based discrimination has increased in recent years in part “due to the […]

Kenya: Parliament to Criminalize Use of Wrong Title to Address Top Government Officials

(May 9, 2014) Kenya’s Parliament is considering a bill, the Order of Precedence Bill, 2014, which, among other goals, is aimed at “providing a yardstick for determining the proper position of all officer[s], their seniority and hierarchy for the purpose of state functions.” (Jeremiah Kiplang’at, You Risk Sh2m Fine Not Calling MP ‘Honourable’, DAILY NATION […]

Indonesia: Disability Rights Group Seeks New Law

(Apr. 28, 2014) On April 21, 2014, Fajri Nursyamsi, a researcher at Indonesia’s Legal and Policy Studies Center and a member of the Disability Draft Bill Working Group, said in a newspaper interview that advocacy groups would like to see Indonesia adopt a new law on disabilities. He stated, “[o]ne thing we want to highlight […]

Croatia: Amendments to Law on Nonprofit Organizations Proposed

(Feb. 4, 2014) The Government of Croatia proposed a draft Law on Financial Operations and Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations on January 30, 2014. Among other provisions, the new Law would require non-profit organizations (NPOs) with annual revenue above HRK230,000 (about US$40,560) to register as new companies or other business entities. Rental and leasing activities are […]

Egypt: President Approves Anti-Protest Law

(Dec. 19, 2013) On November 24, 2013, President Adly Mansour, Egypt’s Interim President, approved Law 107-2013, known as the “anti-protest legislation.” Law 107-2013 is aimed at regulating peaceful protests and public meetings. (Anti-Protest Law [in Arabic], AL WAFD [the official gazette] (Nov. 24, 2013); The President of Egypt Approves Anti-Protest Law, AL SUMARIA NEWS AGENCY […]

Belgium: Antwerp Attorney-General Calls for Comprehensive DNA Database

(Dec. 5, 2013) Yves Liégeois, the Attorney-General (Procureur-général) of Antwerp, has recently suggested that DNA samples be taken from all babies born in Belgium, as well as from all new immigrants, and entered into a database that could be used to solve future crimes. “I think it would be a good idea to collect DNA […]

England and Wales: Court of Protection Grants Vasectomy for Man with Learning Disabilities

(Aug. 21, 2013) In an historic judgment, the Court of Protection for England and Wales has ruled that it is in the “best interests” of a 37-year old man with an IQ of 40 – classified as having a moderate learning difficulty – to be sterilized. In this case, the man, who has the mental […]