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Brazil: Civil Code Amended to Exclude Heirs Who Kill for Inheritance

(Nov. 21, 2017) On November 9, 2017, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the bill of law No. 9/2017, which amends the Civil Code to allow the Public Prosecutor’s Office to request the withdrawal of inheritance rights from heirs who have been the perpetrators of intentional homicide or attempted murder against the person who left the […]

Brazil: Domestic Violence Law Amended

(Nov. 16, 2017) On November 8, 2017, Brazil’s Parliament passed a new law to provide for the right of women in situations of domestic and family violence to have specialized, uninterrupted police and expert assistance.  The new provisions are in Law No. 13,505, which added articles 10-A, 12-A, and 12-B to Law No. 11,340 of August 7, 2006, […]

Brazil: Possession or Illegal Carrying of Firearms of Restricted Use Now a Heinous Crime

(Nov. 8, 2017) Last month Brazil enacted a law increasing penalties for firearms violations. On October 26, 2017, Law No. 13,497 amended Law No. 8,072, of July 25, 1990 to include the crime of possession or illegal carrying of firearms of restricted use in the list of “heinous crimes.”  (Lei No. 13497, de 26 de Outubro […]

China/Hong Kong/Macau: Penalization of Disrespect for National Anthem Under Tenth Criminal Code Amendment

(Nov. 8, 2017) On November 4, 2017, that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted an amendment to the country’s Criminal Code to include criminal sanctions, including up to three years of imprisonment, for disrespecting the national anthem. (Amendment (10) to the Criminal Code of […]

Egypt: Draft Law Criminalizes Homosexuality

(Nov. 1, 2017) On October 25, 2017, members of the Council of Representatives (parliament) of Egypt proposed a draft law to criminalize what they describe as “acts of homosexuality.” Rayad Abdel Sattar, one of the Members of Parliament who submitted the draft law, stated that the main goal of the draft law is to constrain […]

United Nations: Rights Office Concerned About Arrests of LGBT Individuals

(Oct. 31, 2017) On October 13, 2017, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) held a press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, expressing concern about the arrests of more than 180 people, thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), in three countries: Azerbaijan, Egypt, and Indonesia. There were 80 […]

Israel: Protection of Children in Criminal Investigations and Trials

(Oct. 16, 2017) On July 24, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Evidence (Protection of Children) (Amendment No. 17) Law, 5777-2017 (Amendment Law) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2656 p. 1106, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew).)  The Law amends the Evidence (Protection of Children) Law, 5715-1955. […]

Israel: Law Authorizes Court to Restrict Access to Internet Sites in Order to Prevent Criminal Activity

(Oct. 10, 2017) On July 17, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Law on Authorities for the Prevention of Committing Crimes Through Use of an Internet Site, 5777-2017 (Law on Authorities) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2650 p. 1040, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew).) The Law […]

Japan: Doctors Punished for Unauthorized Cord Blood Treatments

(Oct. 5, 2017) On September 22, 2017, two doctors in Japan were punished with a fine of one million yen (about US$9,000), based on the Act on the Safety of Regenerative Medicine, for having transplanted the umbilical cord blood of one person to another without prior submission of a treatment plan to the Ministry of […]

United Kingdom: Sentences for Terrorism-Related Offenses May Be Lengthened

With almost half a century of legislative experience, the United Kingdom is renowned for its robust anti-terrorism laws. The operation of these laws is reviewed on an annual basis by the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. (The Independent Reviewer’s Role, INDEPENDENT REVIEWER OF TERRORISM LEGISLATION (last visited Sept. 6, 2017).) In a recent interview with […]