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Italy: State of Emergency over Tunisian Refugees

(Feb. 22, 2011) Italy has declared a state of emergency following the arrival, within five days, of 5,000 refugees from Tunisia on the small Italian island of Lampedusa, which is just 60 miles from Tunisia in the Mediterranean Sea. A center for receiving migrants has been re-opened on the island, but it is already overcrowded. […]

Israel: Preference Given to Israeli-Manufactured Flags

(Dec. 29, 2010) On December 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Flag and Emblem Law, 5709-1949. The amendment prohibits the state, local authorities, and public bodies from acquiring Israeli flags unless the flags were made by Israeli citizens or residents in Israel or in Judea and Samaria (The West Bank). […]

Lithuania: Dual Citizenship Law Vetoed

(Nov. 23, 2010) On November 18, 2010, Dalia Grybauskaite, the President of Lithuania, vetoed a new Law on Citizenship that would have permitted dual citizenship in more cases than is currently allowed. (President Vetoes Dual Citizenship, THE LITHUANIA TRIBUNE (Nov. 18, 2010), The amendment had been adopted by the legislature on November 4, 2010, […]

France: Creation of an Automated Border Control System

(Nov. 22, 2010) Decree 2010-1274 of October 25, 2010, creates an automatic personal data processing system referred to as PARAFE, Passage Rapide aux Frontières Extérieures (Automated Fast-Track Crossing at External Borders) to decrease the cost of border control and the waiting time and to improve the identification of persons in order to facilitate the fight […]

European Union: Deployment of Rapid Intervention Border Teams to Secure Greek-Turkish Border

(Nov. 8, 2010) On November 2, 2010, at the request of the Greek government, the European Union border management agency (Frontex) gathered patrols from all EU Member States except Ireland and Great Britain and from two non-EU member states, Iceland and Norway, and dispatched them to patrol an area of 120 kilometers on a “24-hour […]

France: Decree on Flag Desecration

(Sept. 20, 2010) France's Decree 2010-835 of July 21, 2010, on the offense of desecration of the national flag, prescribes that, in addition to the cases covered by article 433-5-1 of the Criminal Code, the desecration of the flag is punishable with a fine of €1,500 (about US$1,900). The decree covers the destruction, damage or […]

Lebanon: Citizenship Denied to Children of Lebanese Mothers

(May 24, 2010) On June 16, 2009, a Lebanese court of first instance issued a landmark decision granting Lebanese citizenship to the children of a Lebanese mother married to a non-Lebanese father. Samira Soueidan filed the lawsuit on behalf of her four children, two boys and two girls, after the death of her Egyptian husband […]

Australia: Legislation to Combat People Smuggling Passed

(May 20, 2010) On May 13, 2010, the Australian Parliament passed the Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2010. (Press Release, Hon. Robert McClelland, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, & Sen. Chris Evans, Passage of Legislation to Combat People Smuggling (May 13, 2010), available at “People smuggling” is a specific offense under Australian law. The offense […]

China: Entry Ban Lifted for Foreigners with HIV/AIDS

(May 5, 2010) On April 24, 2010, the State Council of China published a decision amending the Implementation Measures of the People's Republic of China Law on Entry and Exit of Aliens (hereinafter “Measures”), which lifted the ban in the old Measures on aliens with HIV/AIDS or leprosy from entering China. (Text of the amendment […]