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South Africa: Constitutional Court Confirms Right of a Child not to be Detained Except as a Measure of Last Resort

(Aug. 26, 2016) On August 11, 2016, South Africa’s Constitutional Court found unconstitutional the arrest and detention of a 15-year-old child by the police and upheld her claim for damages for wrongful arrest and detention against the Minister of Safety and Security.  (The Right of a Child Not to Be Detained Prevails, BUSINESS DAY LIVE […]

Netherlands: Legislative Proposal on Police Officers’ Use of Force

(May 12, 2016) It was reported on May 3, 2016, that Dutch State Secretary for Security and Justice Ard Van der Steur has formulated a legislative proposal that would discontinue the practice of automatically labelling police officers as suspects during inquiries into the use of force. Instead, an investigation of the relevant facts would be […]

Indonesia: Proposal to Punish Abusive Police

(Apr. 4, 2016) Members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives, citing a recent case of a terrorist suspect, have proposed that a provision be added to the draft legislation on terrorism that would impose punishment on police officers who abuse their authority when dealing with alleged terrorists. (‘Punishment for Rights Abusers Should Be Stipulated in Terrorism […]

Egypt: Military Court Sentences Toddler to Life Imprisonment by Mistake

(Mar. 2, 2016) In February 2016, the West Cairo Military Court in Egypt found Ahmed Mansour Qorani, who is just three years of age, guilty of the felonies of murder, carrying guns and firebombs, blocking a road with burning tires, and trying to damage government buildings. Accordingly, the court sentenced him to life imprisonment. (Nour […]

Israel: Expansion of Police Body Search Powers

(Feb. 11, 2016) On February 2, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed legislation expanding the powers of police to conduct body searches. (Authorities for Protecting Public Safety (Amendment No. 5 and Temporary Provision) Law, 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), Knesset website (in Hebrew) (click on appropriate link to view); Authorities for Protecting Public Safety Law 5765-2005 (Authorities Law), SEFER […]

France: Police to Be Required to Wear Body Cameras

(Nov. 24, 2015) On October 26, 2015, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced that police officers would soon be required to wear body cameras as part of their standard equipment. (Pierre de Cossette, Police: le port des “caméras piétons” généralisé [Police: The Wearing of “Body Cameras” to Become Routine], EUROPE 1 (Oct. 26, 2015).) Up […]

Brazil: Killing of a Police Officer Now Considered a Heinous Crime

(July 16, 2015) A new law promulgated on July 7, 2015, by Brazilian President Dilma Roussef amends the Penal Code and a law on heinous crimes to make the killing of police officers and members of the Armed Forces, the National Public Security Force, and officers of the prison system, whether on the job or […]

Spain: Government Amends Citizens Safety Bill

(June 6, 2014) Spain’s government has decided to make changes to controversial legislation that amends the Citizen Safety Law. The amending legislation was subjected to intense criticism from the opposition and members of civil society groups. (Anteproyecto de Ley Orgánica para la Protección de la Seguridad Ciudadana, Ministry of the Interior website (Nov. 2013) [the […]