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Georgia: Court Verdicts on Border-Crossing Offenses Vary Depending on Nationality of the Accused

(July 11, 2011) Russia continues to expand its ties with the secessionist Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are promoted as vacation destinations for Russian summer travelers. (See news reports and travel information [in Russian], Abkhazian Embassy in Russia website (last visited July 8, 2011).) However, the border crossing into these territories from […]

Israel: Revocation of Citizenship Following Conviction for Serious Security Offenses

(Apr. 1, 2011) On March 28, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Nationality Law, 5712-1952. The amendment authorizes a court, at the request of the Minister of Interior, with the written approval of the Attorney General, and in addition to any other penalty, to revoke the Israeli citizenship of a person […]

ASEAN: Single Visa Program Considered

(Mar. 22, 2011) The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), based in Jakarta, Indonesia, recently issued a five-year strategic plan for tourism in the region. A key point was the possible creation of a single tourist visa for the entire area. According to Eddy Krisneidi of ASEAN's Secretariat, “[y]ou would just have to apply […]

Denmark: Righting of Mistakes in Denial of Citizenship to Eligible Stateless Persons

(Feb. 24, 2011) It was reported on February 15, 2011, that more than 400 young stateless persons in Denmark had been unaware of their right to Danish citizenship under two United Nations Conventions, the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. There has […]

South Korea: Proposed Passport Regulation May Affect Missionaries’ “Aggressive” Activities Abroad

(Feb. 24, 2011) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in South Korea plans to revise the passport enforcement decree, it was reported on February 15, 2011. The Passport Act states that MFAT may impose restrictions on the issuance or reissuance of a passport for one to three years, if an embassy or consulate […]

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), http://www.lithuaniatribune.com/2010/11/18/president-vetoes-dual-citizenship/.) 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 […]