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Turkey: New Emergency Decree Laws Issued

(May 11, 2017) On April 29, 2017, Turkey published two new emergency decree-laws, numbers 689 and 690, in the country’s Official Gazette, bringing the total number of such laws issued since the failed coup attempt in July 2016 to 24.  (Ashley Hogan, Turkey Removes 3900 from Civil Service Positions on Alleged Terrorist Links, PAPER CHASE […]

Samoa: New Approval Guidelines for Arming Police Passed

(Mar. 14, 2017) On March 7, 2017, the Samoan Parliament voted to pass the Police Powers Amendment Bill 2017, which sets out the approval requirements for police officers in the country to be armed when carrying out their duties. (Police Powers Amendment Bill 2017, Parliament of Samoa website; Lagi Keresoma, Samoa Parliament Approves New Police Powers Bill, […]

Cuba/United States: Memorandum of Understanding on Law Enforcement Matters

(Jan. 24, 2017) On January 16, 2017, authorities from Cuba and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at fostering collaboration on a number of law enforcement matters. (Press Release, United States and Cuba to Sign Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding (Jan. 16, 2017), U.S. Embassy in Cuba website.) The MOU was […]

EU: New Rules Proposed to Curb Financing of Terrorism and Organized Crime

(Jan. 11, 2017) On December 21, 2016, the European Commission adopted several measures designed to fight terrorist financing and organized crime.  The measures, designed to create a strong, coordinated response to the issue of terrorist financing, result from the action plan against the financing of terrorism adopted in February 2016.  These proposals would be a […]

Laos: Illegal Timber Exports

(Dec. 16, 2016) Recent reports indicate that despite a national ban on timber exports issued in May 2016, illegally harvested timber is still being sold at auctions supported by local governments in Laos.  The smuggling is especially common in the central and southern provinces.  (Richard Finney & Ounkeo Souksavanh, Logging Continues in Laos as Provinces […]

Turkey: People Smuggling to Be Classified as Terrorist Act

(Mar. 9, 2016) Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmus, announced on February 1, 2016, that Turkey was considering imposing heavier sentences for the offense of people smuggling, classifying it as a terrorist act and as an organized crime, and amending the law to include as a penalty the confiscation of assets used in such acts.  The […]

Denmark: Proposal to Increase Immigration Controls

(July 10, 2015) The Danish government recently announced plans to re-establish border controls to combat illegal immigration and smuggling. According to the Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen, “[w]e will suggest something that is within the Schengen rules and there will be a dialogue with Brussels and the EU commission, but also with our neighbouring countries.” (Chris […]

Brazil: Penal Code Amended

(July 3, 2014) On June 27, 2014, Brazil published Law No. 13,008, which increases the punishment for smuggling. The new Law amends the Penal Code (Código Penal [C.P.], Decreto-Lei No. 2,848, de 7 de Dezembro de 1940, PLANALTO) and makes smuggling (contrabando) and contraband (descaminho, see definitions below) two types of crime, instead of being […]