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Maldives: Supreme Court Ruling on Parliament's Authority over Police, Military

(Mar. 17, 2011) According to a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of the Maldives, that country's police and national defense forces must answer questions from the Parliament's National Security Committee (the “241 Committee”) whenever asked. (Ahmed Nazeer, Parliament Has Authority over Police and MNDF, Declares Supreme Court, MINIVAN NEWS (Mar. 12, 2011).) The decision […]

Russia: New Law on Police

(Feb. 9, 2011) On February 7, 2011, the President of the Russian Federation signed the new Federal Law on Police. The Law, which was proposed by the President last year, will enter into force on March 1, 2011. (Federal Law on Police [in Russian], ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA (official publication) (Feb. 8, 2011), In a televised […]

China; Russian Federation: Law Enforcement Cooperation Agreement

(Dec. 22, 2010) On December 17, 2010, China and Russia agreed to increase the cooperation between the two nations in law enforcement. During a meeting between Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu and Russian Minister of Internal Affairs Rashid Nurgaliyev, held in Beijing, the two sides signed Minutes of Talks and […]

Zimbabwe: Reform of Public Order Act Considered

(Dec. 14, 2010) On December 8, 2010, Zimbabwe's Parliament passed amendments to the country's Public Order and Security Act (Public Order and Security Act No. 1 of 2002, Cap. 11:17, (Harare, Government Printer, 2002)) that would remove from the police the authority to ban public meetings, giving it to magistrates instead. In addition, the change […]

INTERPOL: System for Identity Verification Urged to Secure International Law Enforcement Communications

(Oct. 12, 2010) The 1st INTERPOL Information Security Conference (IISC) was held in Hong Kong from September 15 to 18, 2010. Co-hosted by INTERPOL (the International Criminal Police Organization) and the Hong Kong Police, the conference sought “to address the international responsibilities posed by threats to personal data as well as to critical infrastructures,” with […]

Nepal; United Nations: Report Recommends Investigation of Extrajudicial Killings

(Sept. 24, 2010) On September 23, 2010, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal released a report recommending the establishment of an independent organ to investigate the possibility of extrajudicial killings having been committed by Nepalese security forces. Jyoti Sanghera, acting head of the OHCHR bureau in Nepal, […]

South Africa: Government Introduces Bills to Keep Police Force Honest

(Aug. 18, 2010) It was reported on August 4, 2010, that Nathi Mthethwa, the Minister of Police of South Africa, recently introduced two bills, on the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD, whose name will change to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)) and on the Civilian Secretariat for Police, to the South African Parliament for floor […]

Indonesia: Anti-Terror Squad Abuses Alleged

(May 27, 2010) On May 26, 2010, the Muslim Lawyers Team (TPM, a group of lawyers known for defending the suspects in the Bali bombing of 2002) submitted a report to the Indonesian National Commission of Human Rights concerning members of Detachment 88, an anti-terrorism police squad. The 15 members of TPM alleged that the […]

Zimbabwe: Bill Proposed to Diminish Police Role in Regulating Public Gatherings

(Feb. 12, 2010) On February 3, 2010, legislation to amend the Public Order and Security Act [POSA] of 2001 was introduced in the Zimbabwean House of Assembly as a private member's bill. (New Bill Seeks to Limit Police Powers, THE HERALD, Feb. 4, 2010, available at The speaker of the House of Assembly has […]

United States: Federal Court Says Police Use of Taser Can Constitute Excessive Force

(Jan. 22, 2010) A federal appeals court has held that police use of a taser gun on a criminal suspect can constitute an unconstitutionally excessive use of force in some circumstances. Appellant Brian McPherson, a police officer for the city of Coronado, California, stopped appellee Carl Bryan for not wearing his seat belt while driving. […]