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Netherlands: Municipalities May Deploy Flexible Cameras for Surveillance

(Apr. 11, 2016) On March 22, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) approved a legislative proposal that gives municipalities in the Netherlands more options in using cameras for surveillance purposes (i.e., CCTV). Instead of relying only on cameras in previously agreed upon, fixed locations, the authorities will be able to deploy cameras flexibly to handle […]

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 […]

Netherlands: Possibilities for Revocation of Citizenship to Be Expanded

(Mar. 18, 2016) On March 1, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) approved a legislative proposal that expands the grounds for revocation of Dutch citizenship under the Nationality Act of the Netherlands. (More Possibilities for Revoking Dutch Citizenship, GOVERNMENT.NL (Mar. 1, 2016).) Upon the adoption of the new grounds, the Minister of Security and Justice […]

New Zealand: Review of Legislative Framework and Oversight of Security and Intelligence Agencies Completed

(Mar. 14, 2016) On March 9, 2016, the report of the Independent Review of Intelligence and Security was presented to New Zealand’s Parliament.  (Press Release, John Key, PM Welcomes Security and Intelligence Review (Mar. 9, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ; Michael Cullen & Patsy Reddy, Intelligence and Security in a Free Society: Report of the First Independent Review […]

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 […]

Saudi Arabia: 32 People on Trial for Treason and Spying

(Feb. 29, 2016) On February 21, 2016, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, began the trial of a group of 30 Saudis, an Afghani, and an Iranian on charges of treason and spying for Iran. The accused were allegedly in direct contact with the Iranian Intelligence Services, and some of them are said […]

China: Provisions on Decryption of Communications in Anti-Terrorism Law

(Feb. 17, 2016) On December 27, 2015, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted the Anti-Terrorism Law of the People’s Republic of China, which took effect on January 1, 2016. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Fan Kongbu Zhuyi Fa [PRC Anti-Terrorism Law] (Dec. 27, 2015, effective Jan. 1, 2016), Central People’s Government website.) Article […]

EHCR/Hungary: Mass Surveillance Activities by Police Force Violate the Right to Privacy, Home and Correspondence

(Feb. 9, 2016) On January 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) delivered a judgment in the case of Szabo and Vissy v. Hungary. The ECHR held that broad secret surveillance activities that had been conducted by the Hungarian Anti-Terrorism Task Force, which was established within the police force on the basis of the […]

Israel: Policy Document on Regulation of Cyber Security Professions Published

(Jan. 20, 2016) On December 31, 2015, the National Cyber Bureau (NCB) under the Israeli Prime Minister’s office published a policy document on the regulation of cyber security professions in Israel. (Policy of Regulating Cyber Security Professions in the State of Israel (Policy Document) (Dec. 31, 2015), NCB website (in Hebrew).) The NCB advises the […]

Burkina Faso: Arrest Warrant Issued for Former President

(Jan. 6, 2016) On December 21, 2015, Burkina Faso’s military court issued an international arrest warrant for the country’s former President, Blaise Compaoré. An international warrant was necessary because Compaoré has been living in the Cote d’Ivoire, a country on the southwestern border of Burkina Faso. He is charged with having a role in the […]