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Indonesia: Regional Elections Law Revision Proposed

(Feb. 18, 2016) On February 15, 2016, Indonesia’s General Election Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum, or KPU) outlined a number of ways in which Indonesia’s Regional Elections Law should be improved. (Revisions Needed in Indonesia’s Regional Election Law, Says KPU, JAKARTA GLOBE (Feb. 16, 2016).) The legislation in question was originally a government regulation, but was […]

Indonesia: Jakarta Governor Issues Regulations on Demonstrations

(Nov. 6, 2015) On October 28, 2015, the Governor of the Jakarta Special Capital Region, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, issued a local regulation governing the freedom of expression in public places. (Peraturan Gubernur Provinsi Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta Nomor 228 Tahun 2015 Tentang Pengendalian Pelaksanaan Penyampaian Pendapat di Muka Umum pada Ruang Terbuka (Oct. 28, 2015), […]

Indonesia: Local Government Puts Curfew on Dating

(Sept. 10, 2015) On September 1, 2015, the Regent of Purwakarta, a region in West Java Province, Indonesia, announced a new regulation that limits the hours in which unmarried couples may date. The new curfew of 9 p.m. will be enforced, Regent Dedi Mulyadi stated, by routine raids carried out by local security officers. Offenders […]

Italy: New Legislation for Administrative Reorganization of the State

(Sept. 9, 2015) On August 28, 2015, new legislation providing for a comprehensive reorganization of the public administration entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 124 of August 7, 2015, Powers Delegated to the Government Concerning the Reorganization of the Public Administration [Law No. 124], NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) Provisions on Digital Access to Government Information […]

Egypt: Ministerial Resolution Grants County Chiefs Authority to Arrest and Detain

(Aug. 18, 2015) On August 12, 2015, the Minister of Justice issued a statement announcing that he has granted the county chiefs across Egypt the legal right to arrest and detain individuals suspected of damaging public or private property or violating construction codes. (Press Release, Ministry of Justice, The Minister Grants Right of Judicial Arrest […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on Territorial Entities and their Financial Stability

(July 22, 2015) On June 20, 2015, Decree-Law No. 78, on sub-national territorial entities, entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 78 of June 19, 2015, Urgent Provisions on Territorial Entities [D.L. No. 78], GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 140 (June 19, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) Fresh Funds for Disaster Relief The new legislation approves the goals […]

Indonesia: District Adopts Sharia-Based Rules, Bans Unmarried Couples on Motorbikes

(May 5, 2015) According to a May 4, 2015, report, North Aceh, a district in Aceh Province of Indonesia, has adopted a law prohibiting unmarried men and women from riding motorbikes together. Local legislator Fauzan Hamzah said the new ban is part of “efforts to implement sharia [Islamic religious] law fully” and that for an […]

Indonesia: West Papua to Be a Conservation Province

(Apr. 15, 2015) The local government in West Papua, an Indonesian province located on the western end of the island of New Guinea, is planning a bylaw that would make the area a conservation province. The Governor, Abraham Atururi, stated that West Papua should have that status in order to better protect its natural resources. […]

Pakistan: Constitutional Amendment to Extend Jurisdiction of Superior Courts to Tribal Areas

(Mar. 3, 2015) On February 20, 2015, Pakistan’s Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice approved a constitutional amendment that would extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and a High Court to Pakistan’s specially administered tribal regions. (Constitutional Amendment: Senate Body Clears Bill on Tribal People’s Rights, EXPRESS TRIBUNE (Feb. 20, 2015).) The amendment, […]

Australia: Prime Minister Announces New Push for National Approach to Domestic Violence

(Feb. 9, 2015) On January 28, 2015, the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, announced the establishment of a new panel to advise the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on domestic violence laws. (Press Release, Hon. Tony Abbott MP, COAG Agenda to Address Ending Violence Against Women (Jan. 28, 2015).) Abbott called for COAG to […]