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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait: Authorities Impose New Preventive Measures to Combat Spread of COVID-19 Virus during Ramadan

(Apr. 15, 2021) Between March 30 and April 7, 2021, authorities in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Kuwait announced new preventive measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus during the Islamic holy month of the Ramadan. The month of Ramadan began on April 12 and runs through May 12. Saudi Arabia On April 7, […]

Jordan: Former Crown Prince and Others Accused of Destabilizing State Security to Be Referred to State Security Court

(Apr. 12, 2021) On April 5, 2021, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi announced in a press conference that former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein, the king’s half-brother, and more than a dozen other individuals had been arrested on charges of undermining the security of the state. However, Safadi did not mention the specific […]

Kuwait: Manpower Authority Issues Decree to Regulate Work Permits

(Mar. 19, 2021) On January 11, 2021, the director general of the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Manpower issued Decree No. 27 of 2021 on Rules and Procedures for GrantingWork Permits. The purpose of the decree, which consists of 56 provisions, is to regulate the registration, renewal, and cancelation of work permits in Kuwait. The decree […]

Bahrain: Crown Prince Issues Decree to Suppress Financing of Terrorism

(Mar. 5, 2021) On February 19, 2020, the crown prince and prime minister of Bahrain, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, issued Decree No. 12 of 2021 on the National Terrorism Lists. The decree is aimed at combating the financing of terrorism by establishing the National Terrorism List and the Sanction List, which will be […]

Egypt: Draft Law Enhancing Criminal Penalties against Female Genital Mutilation Approved

(Feb. 24, 2021) On January 20, 2021, the Egyptian cabinet approved a draft law amending the Egyptian penal code to strengthen penalties against the crime of female genital mutilation (FGM). This legal measure comes one year after a female teenager died in southern Egypt while undergoing a genital mutilation procedure. Female genital mutilation has been […]

Oman: New Basic Law Issued Creating a Mechanism for Appointing a Crown Prince

(Feb. 4, 2021) On January 12, 2021, Haitham bin Tariq, the sultan of Oman, issued Royal Decree No. 6/2021 on the Basic Law of the State, which establishes a new mechanism for appointing a crown prince and abrogates Royal Decree No. 96/101 on the Basic Law of the State. Content of Royal Decree No. 6/2021 […]

Tunisia: Parliament Suspends Deliberations on Draft Law on Protections for the Police

(Feb. 3, 2021) On December 17, 2020, the Tunisian Parliament suspended deliberations on a bill to increase protections for the police because of the strong opposition to the bill cited in an October 2020 report issued by the Tahir Institute of Middle East Policy. The new draft law aimed at imposing criminal sanctions against a […]

Egypt and United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 Vaccine Ruled Permissible under Islamic Law

(Jan. 22, 2021) In December 2020, the official Islamic religious institutions in both Egypt and United Arab Emirates issued fatwas (Islamic rulings) permitting the use of the COVID-19 vaccine. Egypt On December 22, 2020, the secretary general of the Egyptian Dar al-Iftaa, the religious authority responsible for issuing religious decrees, announced that the COVID-19 vaccine […]

Iraq: Parliament Considers New Anti-cybercrimes Bill

(Jan. 14, 2021) On November 23, 2020, the Iraqi Council of Representatives (parliament) finished reading and discussing a new anti-cybercrimes bill. The bill identifies a number of acts as cybercrimes and establishes penalties for them. While discussing the provisions of the bill, members of the parliament called for striking a balance between the crimes cited […]

Egypt: New Crimes Added to Penal Code

(Jan. 11, 2021) On December 16, 2020, the Egyptian cabinet approved a proposed addition to the penal code concerning the criminalization of video and audio recordings of criminal trial hearings. Additionally, the Egyptian Parliament in September 2020 passed two laws introducing the new crimes of (1) bullying and (2) conducting foreign currency exchanges outside credited […]