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Indonesia: Presidential Instruction on Fighting Corruption Issued

(June 4, 2015) On May 26, 2015, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (known familiarly in Indonesia as Jokowi) formally issued a presidential instruction that he had signed on May 6 on prevention and eradication of corruption. He also gave a reminder to public officials of the importance of the problem. “In realizing clean governance, [corruption] prevention […]

Indonesia: Anti-Graft Law Planned

(Mar. 16, 2015) Indonesia’s State Ministry of National Development Planning is drafting a new regulation to combat corruption in the country. On March 5, 2015, Indonesia’s presidential staff announced that this anti-graft regulation, which will soon be issued by President Joko Widodo, will not curb the powers of the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi […]

Ukraine: Lustration of Government Officials Started

(Oct. 29, 2014) On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the “Law on Cleansing of the Authorities,” widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian parliament] website.) The Law establishes a lustration policy and a timetable of reviews that will be conducted […]

Indonesia: Law Amended to Give Lawmakers Added Protection

(July 21, 2014) The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. Aritonang, New Law Shields House Members from Corruption Investigations, JAKARTA POST (July 14, 2014).) This Law sets rules […]

Ukraine: Judges Will Be Subjected to Lustration

(May 9, 2014) On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in revolutionary street protests in the capital city, Kyiv, during the period of November 2013-February 2014. The […]

China: New Implementing Regulations of Law on State Secrets

(Mar. 31, 2014) On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, 2014, the Regulations repealed the former 1990 implementing measures for the Law. (Regulations [in Chinese] (Feb. 3, […]

India: New Anti-Corruption Law

(Jan. 8, 2014) On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, including the Prime Minister of the country. (Indian President Signs Historic Anti-Corruption Law, AUSTRALIA NETWORK NEWS […]

China: Courts Required to Publish All Effective Opinions on One Website

(Dec. 31, 2013) On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) of the People’s Republic of China announced measures requiring all people’s courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, starting on January 1, 2014. (The Supreme People’s Court’s Measures for the People’s Courts to Publish […]

Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Financial-Economic Crime

(July 17, 2013) It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed law would tighten current provisions on such offenses found in the Penal Code and other laws. […]

European Union: European Parliament Committee Approves Legislation Requiring Mineral and Oil Companies to Disclose Payments to Governments

(June 7, 2013) The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. (Press Release, MEPS Back Deal Forcing Oil and Mineral Firms to Disclose Payments to Governments (May […]