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Indonesia: New Task Force to Monitor Foreigners

(Jan. 13, 2017) On January 6, 2017, Indonesia’s government announced a plan to revise its current method of oversight of foreigners in the country. Due to concern that foreigners may enter Indonesia and pursue goals other than those for which they were granted entry, the administration will establish a task force that would track the movements […]

Turkey: Three New Decree-Laws Issued Under State of Emergency

(Jan. 11, 2017) Three new decree-laws pursuant to Turkey’s state of emergency were published in the country’s official gazette on January 6, 2017.  Decree-Law 679 provides for additional dismissals of thousands of civil servants, police officers, armed forces personnel, and university professors and staff; at the same time, over 200 individuals who had been dismissed […]

Sweden: Court Rejects Charge of Terrorism Travel; Government Proposes Tighter Legislation

(Jan. 11, 2017) On December 9, 2016, the Svea Court of Appeals in Sweden dismissed a charge of terrorism travel against a Swedish national, reaffirming a lower court decision to clear the defendant of that charge on grounds of insufficient evidence. (Press Release, Svea Court of Appeals, Svea hovrätt frikänner i ett mål om resa […]

Turkey: State of Emergency Extended Another Three Months

(Jan. 10, 2017) On January 3, 2017, the Grand National Assembly (GNA, Turkey’s parliament) voted to extend the state of emergency in the country for an additional three months. Emergency rule had been approved by the GNA on July 21, 2016, and took effect on July 21 for three months; it was then extended for […]

Israel: New Criteria Adopted for Possession and Carrying of Firearms

(Jan. 6, 2017) In December 2016, Israel’s Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, approved an updated list of criteria for bearing and possessing firearms. (Instructions Regarding Preliminary Requirements for Licensing of Firearms and Criteria for Granting Individual Licenses (updated Dec. 2016), Ministry of Public Security website (in Hebrew) (click on first link on left).) Israeli […]

France: State of Emergency Extended to July 2017

(Dec. 29, 2016) On December 15, 2016, the French Parliament adopted legislation extending the “state of emergency” to July 15, 2017. (Loi n° 2016-1767 du 19 décembre 2016 prorogeant l’application de la loi n° 55-385 du 3 avril 1955 relative à l’état d’urgence (1) [Law No. 2016-1767 of 19 December 2016 Extending the Application of […]

United Kingdom: Controversial Surveillance Act Receives Royal Assent

(Dec. 8, 2016) The Investigatory Powers Act, which has been under consideration for the past year and in various forms for the past few years, was recently enacted into law when it received Royal Assent.  It was introduced in draft form in autumn of 2015 (Draft Investigatory Powers Bill 2015, 2015-16 Cm. 9152, GOV.UK), as […]

Germany: Powers of Federal Intelligence Service Expanded

(Nov. 18, 2016) On November 4, 2016, the German Bundesrat, the constitutional body through which the German states participate in the legislative process, approved an act to expand the powers of the Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND) to gather signals intelligence from foreign targets located abroad (“foreign-foreign signals intelligence gathering”) and to cooperate with foreign […]

Tajikistan: Amendment to Law on Nationality Considered

(Nov. 8, 2016) The lower house of Tajikistan’s bicameral legislature approved a provision that would ban those who hold dual citizenship from working for the national security services, with the goal of preventing leaks of classified data. The proposal was introduced on November 2, 2016, by the first Deputy of the State Committee for National […]

Syria: Amnesty for Rebels Extended

(Oct. 31, 2016) On July 28, 2016, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar al-Assad, issued Legislative Decree No. 15, granting amnesty from serving any sentence to rebels who are fugitives or are in hiding, if they surrender to authorities with their weapons within a three-month period from the date of issuance of the […]