Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act Receives Royal Assent (Jun. 30, 2015) by Tariq Ahmad

On June 18, 2015, the Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act received Royal Assent, the necessary approval by a representative of the Crown after a bill ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Crimes against children; Sex offenses
Jurisdiction: Canada

President Ghani Nominates First Female Supreme Court Justice (Jun. 26, 2015) by Tariq Ahmad

Afghanistan's President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani nominated the country's first female justice to the Afghan Supreme Court in mid-June 2015. Anisa Rasouli, currently the head of ...

Topic: Judiciary; Supreme court; Women's rights
Jurisdiction: Afghanistan

Supreme Court Rules That All Forms of Medical Marijuana Are Permissible (Jun. 19, 2015) by Tariq Ahmad

On June 11, 2015, in the case of R. v. Smith (2015, SCC 34, JUDGMENTS OF THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA), the Supreme Court of ...

Topic: Controlled substances; Health; Prescription drugs
Jurisdiction: Canada

Province of Ontario to Ban 'Conversion Therapy' for LGBT Children (Jun. 12, 2015) by Tariq Ahmad

On June 4, 2015, the Canadian province of Ontario passed Bill 77 (Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act, 2015, S.O. 2015 ...

Topic:  Health insurance; LGBT rights; Children's rights
Jurisdiction: Canada

Cabinet Has Approved Amendments to Child Labor Law (May. 20, 2015) by Tariq Ahmad

On April 14, 2015, India's Union Cabinet approved amendments to the child labor law among which is the inclusion of an exception that would allow minors, ...

Topic: Child labor; Children's rights
Jurisdiction: India

Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Gun Crimes (Apr. 22, 2015) by Tariq Ahmad

On April 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a majority decision, struck down as unconstitutional those sections of the Criminal Code (RSC 1985, ...

Topic: Criminal code; Sentencing; Weapons
Jurisdiction: Canada

Supreme Court Strikes Down Amnesty Provision in Truth and Reconciliation Law (Mar. 17, 2015) by Tariq Ahmad

On February 26, 2015, Nepal's Supreme Court struck down the amnesty provision in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Act. (Monica Moyo, Nepali Supreme ...

Topic: Human rights; Judiciary; Supreme court; War crimes
Jurisdiction: Nepal

Constitutional Amendment to Extend Jurisdiction of Superior Courts to Tribal Areas (Mar. 03, 2015) by Tariq Ahmad

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 ...

Topic: Civil rights and liberties; Constitution; Judiciary; Jurisdiction; State and local government; Territories and protectorates
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Punjab Government Considers Anti-Child Marriage Law (Jan. 30, 2015) by Tariq Ahmad

On January 29, 2015, the Chairperson of the Punjab Provincial Commission on the Status of Women, while speaking at a conference on child marriages in Pakistan, ...

Topic: Children's rights; Marriage and family status
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Punjab Province Criminalizes the Glorification of Terrorism (Jan. 23, 2015) by Tariq Ahmad

On January 20, 2015, Pakistan's Punjab provincial government promulgated an amendment to a maintenance of public order ordinance that criminalizes expressions of support, sympathy, and glorification ...

Topic: Freedom of speech; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Proposal to Decriminalize Attempted Suicide (Dec. 29, 2014) by Tariq Ahmad

On December 10, 2014, India's Ministry of Home Affairs announced in a press release its decision to decriminalize attempted suicide by repealing section 309 of India's ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Criminal code; Mental health
Jurisdiction: India

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Tables New Bill on Cultural Practices (Dec. 04, 2014) by Tariq Ahmad

On November 5, 2014, Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, announced the tabling of a new bill, whose short title is the Zero Tolerance ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Criminal code; Immigration; Marriage and family status
Jurisdiction: Canada

High Court of Himachal Pradesh Bans All Religious Forms of Animal Sacrifice in the State (Oct. 06, 2014) by Tariq Ahmad

On September 1, 2014, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh issued an order banning animal sacrifices for religious purposes and in places of religious worship. The ...

Topic: Animal protection; Freedom of religion
Jurisdiction: India

Canada Passes Law Regulating Virtual Currencies as "Money Service Businesses" (Jul. 09, 2014) by Tariq Ahmad

On June 19, 2014, the Governor General of Canada gave his royal assent to Bill C-31 (An Act to Implement Certain Provisions of the Budget ...

Topic: Currency; Financial services; Money laundering
Jurisdiction: Canada

Sindh Provincial Assembly Passes Child Marriage Restraint Bill (May. 23, 2014) by Tariq Ahmad

On April 29, 2014, the Provincial Assembly of Sindh passed Pakistan's first law prohibiting child marriages. (Habib Khan Ghori, Sindh PA Passes Landmark Bill Prohibiting ...

Topic: Children's rights; Marriage and family status
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regulations for Virtual Currencies to Be Introduced (Feb. 14, 2014) by Tariq Ahmad

On February 11, 2014, the Canadian Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, unveiled the Federal Budget for 2014, which included a brief mention of the plans of the ...

Topic: Currency; Money laundering; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Canada

National Assembly Extends Ordinance on Protection of Pakistan (Feb. 11, 2014) by Tariq Ahmad

On February 7, 2014, the National Assembly of Pakistan, the lower house of the country's legislature, passed a resolution to extend three anti-terrorism ordinances for a ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

President Approves New Election Law (Aug. 08, 2013) by Tariq Ahmad

On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Afghanistan

Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Establishes Mobile Courts (Aug. 05, 2013) by Tariq Ahmad

On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Legislation on "Right-to-die with Dignity" Introduced in Quebec (Jun. 25, 2013) by Tariq Ahmad

On June 12, 2013, the Parti Qu;b;cois Government of Quebec introduced draft legislation entitled "An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care" (Bill 52, 40th legislature, 1st session, ...

Topic: Death and dying
Jurisdiction: Canada

Amendments to Anti-Terrorism Laws (Apr. 16, 2013) by Tariq Ahmad

In advance of the dissolution of Pakistan's Parliament at the end of its five-year term, the Parliament recently passed a series of amendments to and new ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

New Bill on Government Surveillance Passed by National Assembly (Jan. 11, 2013) by Tariq Ahmad

On December 20, 2012, the National Assembly of Pakistan passed the Investigation for Fair Trial Bill, 2012, which will regulate the surveillance and interception powers of ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

New Law on Local Governance for Sindh Province Promulgated (Sep. 14, 2012) by Tariq Ahmad

On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the ...

Topic: Government
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Proposed Law Seeks to Restore Property to Displaced Landowners (Jun. 18, 2012) by Tariq Ahmad

On June 3, 2012, Sri Lanka's Justice Minister, Rauff Hakeem, announced that the Cabinet has approved a newly proposed law, the Prescription (Special Provisions) Act, that ...

Topic: Property
Jurisdiction: Sri Lanka

47 Member States Adopt the Brighton Declaration (May. 07, 2012) by Tariq Ahmad

On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Council of Europe; European Court of Human Rights

Prosecutor Declares It Lacks Jurisdiction to Determine Whether Palestine Is a State (Apr. 13, 2012) by Tariq Ahmad

On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: International Criminal Court

Senate Passes Bill on Establishing a National Commission on Human Rights (Mar. 23, 2012) by Tariq Ahmad

On March 9, 2012, the upper chamber of Pakistan's Parliament unanimously passed the National Commission on Human Rights Bill, 2012, which will establish a National Human ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Supreme Court Initiates Proceedings Against Prime Minister (Jan. 25, 2012) by Tariq Ahmad

On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Islamist Opposition Leader Arrested (Jan. 17, 2012) by Tariq Ahmad

The former head of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party in Bangladesh, Ghulam Azam, was arrested on January 11, 2012, after the International Criminal Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICT) ...

Topic: War crimes
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Use of Conditional Fee Agreements Seen as Violation of European Convention on Human Rights (Jan. 24, 2011) by Tariq Ahmad

On January 18, 2010, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), in MGN Limited v UK (application 39401/04) delivered a landmark decision criticizing Conditional Fee Agreements ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: European Court of Human Rights; United Kingdom