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Afghanistan: Distribution of Controversial Electronic Identity Cards Launched

(July 19, 2018) The distribution of controversial Electronic National Identity Cards (known as the e-Tazkira) throughout Afghanistan was launched on May 3, 2018, by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, with Ghani becoming the first person in the country to receive the card. The president cited security concerns as the factor that made him start the process, […]

China: Supervision Law Enacted Establishing a New State Supervisory Organ

(July 9, 2018) On March 20, 2018, the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) adopted the PRC Supervision Law.  Effective on the same day, the Law repealed the existing PRC Administrative Supervision Law and established a new supervisory organ of the state. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Jiancha Fa [PRC […]

Colombia: President Promulgates Reform of Youth Citizenship Statute

(June 13, 2018) On March 1, 2018, President Juan Manuel Santos promulgated Law 1885 of 2018 on Reforming the Statute on Youth Citizenship (Law 1622 of 2013). The new Law creates a political electoral system allowing youth between fourteen and twenty-eight years old to elect members of and be elected to municipal youth councils. Under […]

Saint Kitts and Nevis: National Assembly Passes Freedom of Information Law

(May 31, 2018) On May 3, 2018, members of the National Assembly of the Caribbean island federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis met in the capital Basseterre and passed the Freedom of Information Bill 2018. The Bill had its first reading in 2015. (Parliament News: National Assembly Meets on Thursday May 3, THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY […]

South Korea: Efforts to Eradicate Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in Government Agencies

(May 3, 2018) On March 30, 2018, the South Korean Prime Minister, Lee Nak-yon, issued the Rules for Establishment and Operation of the Comprehensive Government Inspection Team for Promoting Eradication of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence. (Prime Minister Ordinance No. 713, Mar. 30, 2018, Ministry of the Interior and Safety website (in Korean).) The Prime […]

Mexico: Foreign Service Law Reformed

(Mar. 28, 2018) In a plenary session on March 22, 2018, all 337 members of the Lower House of the Mexican Congress (Cámara de Diputados) voted to approve various reforms to the Mexican Foreign Service Law, which seeks to improve the working conditions of state workers abroad.  (Horacio Jiménez & Alejandra Canchola, Cámara de diputados […]

Kyrgyzstan: A Hat May Become a National Symbol

(Feb. 22, 2018) On January 8, 2018, Kyrgyzstan’s Parliament, the Zhogorku Kenesha, registered and opened for public discussion the recently introduced Bill on Recognizing the Traditional Headgear Ak kalpak as a Cultural Symbol. (Bill No. 6-220/18 of January 5, 2018, on Recognizing the Traditional Headgear Ak kalpak as a Cultural Symbol, KENESH.KG (Parliament’s website) (Jan. […]

Malaysia: Border Security Agency Act Comes into Force

(Jan. 11, 2018) On December 29, 2017, the Malaysian Border Security Agency Act 2017 came into force. (Malaysian Border Security Agency Act 2017 (Act 799) (AKSEM Act), e-Federal Gazette website; Hashini Kavishtri Kannan, All-New AKSEM Act Comes into Force Today, NEW STRAITS TIMES (Dec. 29, 2017).) The Act, which was passed by the Parliament in August 2017, establishes […]

Uganda: Bill Eliminating Presidential Age Limit and Extending Parliamentary Term Passed

(Dec. 27, 2017) On December 20, 2017, the Ugandan Parliament passed an amendment to the Constitution which, among other measures, aims to eliminate the requirement that candidates vying for the presidency be under 75 years of age.  (Parliament Passes “Age Limit Bill,” Extends Its Term to 7 Years, PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA (Dec. […]

France: Administrative Courts Issue Differing Decisions on Legality of Publicly-Financed Nativity Scenes

(Nov. 16, 2017) On October 5 and 6, 2017, two French administrative courts reached different conclusions in separate cases concerning the legality of government-sponsored Christmas nativity scenes. On October 5, 2017, the Tribunal administratif (Administrative Court) of Lyon ruled that a decision by the President of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region to install a nativity scene on the […]