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Ukraine: Tax Service Will Use “Lie Detectors”

(Nov. 13, 2013) The Ukrainian Ministry of Revenue and Duties recently passed guidelines that provide the Ministry with the legitimate grounds to use computer polygraphs in its work. (Ministry of Revenue and Duties, Decree No. 329 of August 8, 2013 on the Use of Polygraphs in the Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine and […]

Laos: New Law on Civil Servants Being Drafted

(Aug. 30, 2013) It was reported on August 13, 2013, that the Ministry of Home Affairs of Laos is drafting a new law on civil servants. The aim of the legislation is to improve public administration and the delivery of services as the country develops closer ties in the immediate region and beyond. The law […]

Australia: Court Holds Public Servant Can Be Fired for Critical Tweets

(Aug. 16, 2013) It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a stay in her dismissal from her public affairs role at the Department of Immigration. The recommended dismissal, following an investigation conducted last year, had been due […]

Indonesia: Cities Require Wearing of Muslim Attire on Fridays

(May 1, 2013) Two Javanese cities, located near Jakarta, have established apparel rules for municipal staff members. In South Tangerang city, Mayor Airin Rachni Diany declared on Apr. 24, 2013, that all Muslim staff members should wear Muslim attire on Fridays. Non-Muslim staff members are to wear their civil servant uniforms on that day, as […]

Turkey: Politicians Banned from Public Service Messages

(Feb. 1, 2013) It was reported on January 24, 2013, that Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (Radyo ve Televizyonüst Kurulu, or RTÜK) has approved a new regulation that bans politicians from appearing in public service announcements (PSAs). The ban includes the country’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (RTÜK Bans Politicians from TV PSAs Despite […]

Russia: Age Restrictions for Senior Government Officials Will Be Loosened

(Oct. 4, 2012) On September 4, 2012, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation submitted to the State Duma (the country’s legislature) a proposal to amend the Federal Law on Civil Service. The amendment is aimed at increasing the mandatory retirement age for the highest-level government officials, from 65 years to 70. As the proposal […]

Iceland: Banking Collapse Trial of Former Prime Minister Begins

(Sept. 6, 2011) On September 5, 2011, the trial of Geir Haarde, former Prime Minister of Iceland, opened in the Landsdomur, a 15-member special court established to try criminal cases involving Cabinet ministers. Haarde faces charges of intentional or gross negligence in failing to prevent the country’s 2008 financial crisis, in which the banking system […]

Russia: Reduction in Force for Civil Servants

(Jan. 4, 2011) On January 3, 2011, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev issued a Decree on Optimization of the Number of Federal Civil Employees and Employees of Federal Government Institutions. According to information published by the President's press service, the Decree provides for a phased-in 20% decrease in the federal workforce during the 2011-2013 period. (Decree […]

Japan: Reduction of Older Public Servants’ Salaries

(Nov. 30, 2010) The Diet (Japan's Parliament) amended the laws on salaries of various categories of public servants on November 26, 2010. (For the status of bills, see House of Representatives website [in Japanese], (last visited Nov. 26, 2010).) These laws have been amended every year to adjust the level of public servants' salaries […]

Indonesia: Attorney-General Told to Step Down Following Ruling of Constitutional Court

(Sept. 24, 2010) On September 22, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia ruled that, under the existing law, the Attorney-General's term expires with the end of the term of office of the President and other Cabinet members. Speaking after delivering the Court's decision, the Chief Justice said that the ruling meant that the term of […]