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Uganda: Gatherings of Three or More People Without Prior Police Approval Outlawed

(Aug. 14, 2013) On August 6, 2013, Uganda’s 388-member unicameral Parliament passed the Public Order Management Bill, 2011 (POMB), which, among other measures, mandates police approval of “public meetings” involving at least three people. (Uganda Public Order Bill Is ‘Blow to Political Debate,’ BBC NEWS (Aug. 6, 2013), Parliament of the Republic of Uganda website […]

Namibia: Police Chief Calls for Gun Law Reform

(May 23, 2013) It was reported on May 20, 2013, that Sebastian Ndeitunga, Namibia’s Police Inspector General, said that the country is “too armed”; that the process for obtaining arms is too lax; and that the country should quickly move to tighten the governing law, the Arms and Ammunition Act of 1996. (Shinovene Immanuel, Top […]

Mexico: New Gendarmerie to Begin in Late 2013

(Apr. 30, 2013) Members of the armed forces have begun the selection and training of officers for a new federal police force in <?Mexico, which will be called gendarmerie. The government expects that it will be composed initially of 10,000 members, according to a February 25, 2013, statement to the Mexican Senate by Manuel Mondragón […]

European Union: Inauguration of Cyber Crime Center

(Jan. 14, 2013) On January 11, 2013, the Cyber Crime Center (EC3), whose establishment had been planned by the European Commission since 2010, became a reality. The EC3 is located in the European Police Office (Europol) in The Hague, the Netherlands and is designed to protect citizens and businesses alike from cyber threats. Among its […]

Armenia: Ombudsman Challenges the Law on Demonstrations

(June 26, 2012) On May 16, 2012, the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia issued a statement addressing recent police abuse and the use of excessive power by law enforcement. (Ombudsman Offers Chief of Police to Establish Criteria on Rallies, NEWS.AM (May 16, 2012).) The statement was in response to excessive force used […]

Mexico: Federal Government Regulates Use of Force by Military and Police

(May 10, 2012) The Federal Government of Mexico announced on April 23, 2012, the entry into force of rules for the use of public force in operations against criminal groups. The Protocols for the Use of Force, the Preservation of Evidence, and the Presentation of Detainees to the Authorities are to be followed by the […]

Indonesia: Police to Undergo Drug Testing

(Mar. 19, 2012) Police authorities in several Indonesian provinces have begun subjecting police officers to drug tests, and the capital city, Jakarta, plans to do so in the near future. According to a senior commander in the Jakarta force, the tests will be held for all units in the system and will not be regularly […]

Germany: Right-Wing Extremist Database Proposed

(Feb. 8, 2012) On January 18, 2012, the Federal Cabinet submitted a draft law to the German Parliament that proposes the creation of a database on right-wing extremists (Gesetzesentwurf der Bundesregierung, Rechtsextremismus-Datei-Gesetz, Bundesrat Drucksache 31/12 (Jan. 20, 2012), German Parliament website). The Federal Ministry of the Interior had drafted this legislation in response to the […]

Indonesia: Human Rights Groups Denounce Use of Security Law

(Jan. 17, 2012) Both governmental and nongovernmental human rights organizations in Indonesia have raised questions about the way police have implemented the country's security rules. On January 10, 2012, Poengky Indarti, the director of the nongovernmental human rights group Imparsial, accused police of recently using a security regulation to justify violence against protestors in two […]

United Nations: Report on Use of Lethal Force in Making Arrests

(Nov. 3, 2011) Christof Heyns, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, and arbitrary executions, stated on October 20, 2011, in presenting a report to the U.N. General Assembly, that states' law enforcement officers must observe international standards on the use of lethal force. He stressed that those standards “provide adequate room for States […]