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Israel: Central Elections Committee for 23rd Knesset Reaffirms Rules for Recording and Photographing at Polling Stations on Election Day

(Feb. 7, 2020) On January 26, 2020, Israel’s Central Elections Committee (CEC) for the 23rd Knesset (Israel’s parliament), headed by Supreme Court Justice Neel Hendel, issued rules on recording and photographing at polling stations for the upcoming election on March, 2, 2020. (File 8/23 Decision Regarding Inspectors for Integrity of Elections (Decision), Central Elections Committee […]

France: Parliament Repeals Obsolete Laws

(Jan. 30, 2020) On December 11, 2019, the French President signed into law Loi n° 2019-1332 tendant à améliorer la lisibilité du droit par l’abrogation de lois obsolètes [Law No. 2019-1332 for the Improvement of the Comprehensibility of the Law by the Abrogation of Obsolete Laws]. This Law aims to make French law easier to […]

China: National Supervision Commission Granted Power to Make Supervision Regulations

(Jan. 10, 2020) On October 26, 2019, China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) issued a decision to grant the country’s highest supervisory organ, the National Supervision Commission, the power to make supervision regulations. The four-article decision took effect on October 27, 2019. (Decision art. 4.) The National Supervision Commission According to China’s 2018 amended […]

United Kingdom: Cabinet Office Details Government Actions to Tackle Public Intimidation Ahead of General Election

(Dec. 4, 2019) The Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom has issued an update detailing actions the government has taken to tackle public intimidation that candidates may face in the upcoming general election to be held on December 12, 2019. The experiences of many candidates during the 2017 general election resulted in the government commissioning […]

Pakistan: Sindh Province Rejects Bill Against Forced Conversions

(Nov. 15, 2019) On October 8, 2019, the Provincial Assembly of Sindh Province rejected a bill criminalizing forced religious conversions. This was the second attempt at enacting an anti-conversion law in the province—in December 2016 the Provincial Assembly passed a similar bill, but on the insistence of the provincial government, the governor did not assent […]

Colombia: Constitutional Reforms Proposed to Increase Punishment for Violent and Sexual Crimes Against Minors

(Nov. 12, 2019) During debates over the last several months in the Colombian Congress regarding a proposed constitutional reform to apply life imprisonment to perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes against children, representative Jaime Rodriguez submitted an additional and highly controversial proposal to impose the death penalty for those who commit such crimes. Article 11 of the Colombian […]

Ukraine: Law on Impeachment of President Adopted

(Nov. 7, 2019) On September 26, 2019, the Law on the Special Procedure for Removing the President of Ukraine from Office (Impeachment Law) entered into force. The Law defines legal procedures for impeachment—a mechanism prescribed by the country’s constitution—and for entrusting the national legislature, the Verkhovna Rada, with the power to remove the president from […]

Sudan: Interim Constitutional Declaration Signed

(Oct. 9, 2019) On August 4, 2019, Sudanese media announced that the Transitional Military Council and an opposition movement known as the Coalition of Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) would officially sign an interim constitutional declaration. The 2019 Interim Constitutional Declaration, consisting of 15 chapters and 70 provisions, provides that a governing council will […]

Israel: Central Elections Committee Issues Rules for Recording and Photographing at Polling Stations on Election Day

(Aug. 29, 2019) On August 26, 2019, Israel’s Central Elections Committee (CEC), headed by Chairman Hanan Melcer, deputy president of the Supreme Court, addressed the legality of placing cameras and photographing at polling stations in the upcoming elections for the 22nd Knesset (Israel’s parliament) scheduled for September 17, 2019. (File 7/22 Adalah, Legal Center for […]

Switzerland: Swiss Voters to Decide on Initiative for Democratic Control over War Material Exports

(Aug. 28, 2019) On July 16, 2019, the Swiss government announced that the popular initiative called the “Against Weapons-Exports to Regions Affected by Civil War (Correction-Initiative)” has achieved the required 100,000 signatures to be put to a vote. The initiative seeks to increase democratic control over the regulation of war material exports by inscribing the fundamental […]