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Dominican Republic; United States: Agreement to Launch Trade Transparency Unit

(Nov. 1, 2013) On September 26, 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Customs Authority (DRCA) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in Santo Domingo, in order to share information and improve detection of commercial fraud and money laundering […]

Russian Federation, Tajikistan: Military Cooperation Treaty Ratified

(Oct. 30, 2013) On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (Lower House of the Tajik Parliament Approved Placement of the Russian Base for Another 30 Years [in […]

Canada; European Union: Trade Agreement

(Oct. 22, 2013) On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). (Press Release, European Commission, EU and Canada Conclude Negotiations on a […]

Switzerland; United States: Agreement on Tax Dispute

(Oct. 17, 2013) Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having assisted U.S. taxpayers in the commission of tax evasion. (Press Release, Swiss Federal Department of Finance, […]

Guatemala; Mexico: Agreements Reached at Bi-National Commission Meeting

(Sept. 27, 2013) The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commissionmet in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyó la XI Reunión de la Comisión Binacional México–Guatemala (Aug. 26, 2013).) Mexico’s Department of Foreign Relations indicated that, for the first time in the […]

Taiwan: Cross-Border Prisoner Transfer Law Adopted

(Sept. 27, 2013) On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the Measures on Progressive Execution of Sentence Applicable to the Receiving of Cross-Border Prisoners were issued, with […]

Ukraine: Legislation Introduced on Criminalization of Holocaust Denial

(Sept. 27, 2013) On September 3, 2013, legislation aimed at amending the Criminal Code of Ukraine and criminalizing the denial of the Holocaust was introduced in the Ukrainian legislature, the Verkhovna Rada. (Bill No. 3165 on Amending Article 442 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine Concerning Increased Protection Against Genocide [in Ukrainian], Sept. 3, 2013, […]

Mexico: Admission to Australia Group

(Sept. 26, 2013) The Mexican government recently announced that it has been formally admitted as a member of the 42-member Australia Group (AG). (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, México Ingresa Formalmente al Grupo Australia (Aug. 12, 2013).) The AG countries, on a voluntary and cooperative basis, work to prevent the dissemination of technologies, […]

International Labour Organization: Domestic Workers Convention

(Sept. 9, 2013) On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO Member States to come into force; as of September 5, eight countries have ratified it (Bolivia, […]

Cameroon; Nigeria: Bakassi Peninsula Transition Completed

(Aug. 23, 2013) On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, Security Council Press Statement on Bakassi Peninsula Developments, SC/11094 AFR/2680 (Aug. 15, 2013).) The peninsula, which is rich […]