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Indonesia: Court Rules on Presidential Role in Investigating Legislators

(Sept. 28, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia issued a ruling that establishes that law enforcement officers must have the approval of the President of the country before they can begin any criminal investigations of the country’s legislators. (Court Rules President, Not House, Must Approve Criminal Probes into Legislators, JAKARTA GLOBE […]

Italy: New Legislation for Administrative Reorganization of the State

(Sept. 9, 2015) On August 28, 2015, new legislation providing for a comprehensive reorganization of the public administration entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 124 of August 7, 2015, Powers Delegated to the Government Concerning the Reorganization of the Public Administration [Law No. 124], NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) Provisions on Digital Access to Government Information […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: President Adopts Laws on Elections, Traditional Leaders

(Sept. 8, 2015) The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, issued two laws on August 25, 2015. One of the new statutes sets the status of traditional leaders, and the other adopts the pattern of distribution of seats of representatives for each local elective constituency. (DRC Head Enacts Laws Distributing […]

Indonesia: Proposal to Resurrect Law Against Insulting President

(Aug. 14, 2015) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has recently proposed reviving a provision that criminalizes insulting the president. The provision was in effect during the regime of Suharto, whose dictatorial rule lasted from 1967 to 1998, and punished public insults to the president with prison terms of up to five years. It was repealed by […]

Tunisia: State of Emergency Declared

(July 8, 2015) On July 4, 2015, following the June 26 terrorist attack in Tunisia’s beach resort city of Sousse, in which 38 tourists were killed, the country’s President Beji Caid Essebsi announced a 30-day state of emergency. Under such a situation, security forces have more powers and the right of assembly is limited. Furthermore, […]

Brazil: New Law on Travel Agencies Partially Vetoed

(May 28, 2014) Brazilian President Dilma Roussef vetoed one-half of the articles of Law No. 12,974 of May 15, 2014, which regulates the activites perfomed by travel agencies. (Mensagem No. 113, de 15 de Maio de 2014, PLANALTO; Lei No. 12.974, de 15 de Maio de 2014, PLANALTO.) According to Roussef, the vetoed articles represented […]

Thailand: Draft Amnesty Law Approved by House Likely to Be Turned Down by Senate

(Nov. 12, 2013) On November 1, 2013, Thailand’s House of Representatives approved legislation that would grant amnesty for crimes committed during the period of political unrest in the country following the ouster of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra by a military coup in 2006. The legislation was put forward by the pro-Thaksin ruling party, Pheu […]

Mexico: Government Promulgates Federal Penal Reform on Pardons

(Nov. 8, 2013) The Mexican government recently promulgated a decree adding a new article to the Federal Penal Code. Article 97 Bis provides that the Mexican President may, exceptionally, by his own initiative or at the request of one of the chambers of the federal Congress, grant a pardon (indulto) for any federal or common […]

Israel: Court Upholds Government Decision to Release Convicted Palestinians

(Aug. 27, 2013) On August 11, 2013, the Israeli High Court of Justice rejected a petition by Almagor, Israel’s Association of Victims of Terrorism, and by members of victims’ families to void a governmental decision to release Palestinian prisoners convicted of terrorism offenses. The release was designed to be a goodwill gesture in the midst […]

European Union; Lithuania: Lithuania in Charge of European Council Presidency

(July 12, 2013) On July 1, 2013, Lithuania assumed the rotating Presidency of the European Council for the first time. There is an ambitious agenda to achieve a number of objectives during the six-month period of the Presidency. Highlights of its priorities were discussed with Members of the European Parliament. (Press Release, European Parliament, Lithuanian […]