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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 […]

China: New Accessibility Regulations Passed

(Oct. 3, 2012) China’s new Regulations on Construction of a Barrier-Free Environment, which came into effect on August 1, 2012, require all newly built roads and buildings in urban areas to meet the barrier-free construction standards to provide accessibility to people with disabilities. The Regulations were promulgated by the State Council and signed by Premier […]

Bulgaria: Ratification of Disabilities Convention

(Feb. 27, 2012) On January 26, 2012, the Bulgarian National Assembly unanimously ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Bulgaria had signed the Convention on September 27, 2007, and the Optional Protocol on December 18, 2008. The National Assembly chose not to include the Protocol in the ratification process, however. […]

European Union: Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

(Jan. 20, 2011) The European Union recently announced its ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (adopted on Dec. 13, 2006), United Nations website,; Press Release, IP/11/4, RAPID, EU Ratifies UN Convention on Disability Rights (Jan. 5, 2011), […]

France: Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

(Jan. 22, 2010) On December 31, 2009, the French Parliament adopted Law 2009-1791 of December 31, 2009, ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention was signed on March 30, 2007, and entered into force on May 3, 2008. (Loi 2009-1791 du 31 Décembre 2009 autorisant la ratification de la […]

Peru: Persons with Disabilities

(Sept. 9, 2009) On August 1, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru promulgated Law No. 29392 establishing administrative violations and related sanctions for noncompliance with Law No. 27050, the general law on persons with disabilities, and its regulation. The new law is applicable to individuals and to public and private corporations covered under Law […]