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Gambia: Report of Official Executions Being Carried Out After Long Hiatus

(Aug. 30, 2012) Amnesty International (AI) reported on August 24, 2012, that it had “received credible reports” of nine persons having been executed in The Gambia on the previous night and that more persons might be executed in the near future. President Yahya Jammeh had announced in a television address to the nation the previous […]

Denmark: Government Proposes Outlawing Prostitution

(Aug. 30, 2012) It was reported in July 2012 that the Danish government intends to move forward with a proposal to make purchasing sexual acts illegal. The legislation would target the customers, rather than the prostitutes themselves. According to legislator Pernille Vigsø Bagge, “[t]he current situation is not tolerable. … Denmark has become a Mecca […]

Chile: Disqualifications for Individuals Convicted of Sex Crimes Against Minors

(Aug. 27, 2012) On June 13, 2012, Law 20594 was passed to amend the Criminal Code to include disqualifications for individuals convicted of sexual crimes against minors. (Ley 20594 Crea Inhabilidades para Condenados por Delitos Sexuales Contra Menores y Establece Registro de Dichas Inhabilidades [Law 20594 Creating Disqualifications for Individuals Convicted of Sexual Crimes Against […]

Israel: Pre-Indictment Plea Bargains Allowed

(Aug. 23, 2012) On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Criminal Procedure [Consolidated Version] Law, 5742-1982. The amendment provides the prosecution an additional way to proceed in a criminal case where it finds sufficient evidence to prove a suspect's guilt, but prefers not to indict as this is not […]

Zimbabwe: De Facto Moratorium on Capital Punishment

(Aug. 21, 2012) Zimbabwe currently retains the death penalty, with 60 people facing death sentences. However, no one has been subjected to capital punishment in eight years, and at present there is no executioner. According to Deputy Justice Minister Obert Gutu, it is unlikely that an executioner will be hired any time soon. He stated […]

Russia: Defamation is Criminalized Again

(Aug. 20, 2012) On July 28, 2012, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation signed into law amendments to the country's Criminal Code, recently passed by the legislature, which would reintroduce defamation as a felony punishable by fines in an amount equal to approximately US$170,000 or by forced correctional labor for a period of up […]

Norway: Making Public Threats on a Blog Will Be Criminalized

(Aug. 13, 2012) The Storting, Norway's parliament, may update the country's Penal Code in connection with the crime of making threats in public, in the aftermath of a Norwegian Supreme Court (Høyesterett) ruling, issued on August 2, 2012, upholding an appeals court decision that mandated the release of a blogger who allegedly made threats against […]

Brazil: Judges and Prosecutors More Protected

(Aug. 3, 2012) Almost one year after a criminal judge was brutally murdered in Rio de Janeiro by a criminal organization, some of whose members were being prosecuted, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef promulgated Law No. 12,694 of July 24, 2012 (Lei No. 12.694, de 24 de Julho de 2012, PLANALTO.GOV.BR) to protect judges and prosecutors […]

Bahrain: Penalties Increased for Attacking Military Personnel

(July 20, 2012) Pursuant to articles 221 and 339 of the Bahrain Criminal Law No. 15 of 1976, an assault on the person of a public employee (including military personnel) during or because of the discharge of his duties is a crime punishable by incarceration of up to three years (habs) or a fine of […]

Malaysia: Sedition Law to Be Repealed

(July 19, 2012) On July 12, 2012, Malaysia's government announced that it will repeal a law that has been on the books since the colonial era and been used to repress political dissent. (Kevin Drew, Malaysia Vows to Repeal Controversial Sedition Law, THE JAKARTA GLOBE (July 13, 2012).) The Sedition Act (Act 15, 1948, LAWS […]