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Peru: New Law Granting Right of Consultation to Indigenous Peoples

(Sept. 27, 2011) On September 8, 2011, the Peruvian Congress passed by a unanimous vote the new Law on the Right of Consultation of Indigenous Peoples. (Ley 29785 del Derecho a la Consulta Previa a los Pueblos Indígenas u Originiarios Reconocido en el Convenio 169 de la Organización Internacional delTrabajo (OIT) of Aug. 8, 2011 […]

Chile: Congress Approves Draft Legislation to Combat Bullying in Schools

(Sept. 21, 2011) On September 7, 2011, Chile's Congress approved draft legislation (Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile (BCN) site (Sept. 7, 2011)) that would amend the General Law on Education (GLE) (Ley 20370, amended by Decreto con Fuerza de Ley No. 2, July 2, 2010, BCN) to establish clear definitions, procedures, and penalties for […]

Colombia: Amendments to Electoral Code

(Sept. 9, 2011) The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envía Nuevo Código Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA MSN (Aug. 30, 2011).) The bill includes several major changes to the current electoral law, including: • […]

Spain: Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Include Debt Ceiling Provision

(Aug. 30, 2011) On August 26, 2011, the two major political parties in Spain, the ruling Socialists (PSOE) and the opposition Popular Party (PP), agreed on a constitutional amendment that, if approved, would limit the public debt and impose a balanced budget standard for the government as a whole. (Manuel Sánchez, PSOE y PP Registran […]

Bolivia: New Telecommunications Law

(Aug. 26, 2011) On July 28, 2011, the Bolivian Congress passed a new Law on Telecommunications, Information and Communications Technology (LTICT) (Ley General de Telecomunicaciones, Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación (texto), EJU! website (July 30, 2011)). The Law aims, among other objectives, to give all sectors of Bolivian society equal access to the media, by […]

Colombia; United States: Free Trade Agreement and Labor Issues

(Aug. 4, 2011) The United States and Colombia have negotiated a free trade agreement (FTA) whose ratification has been pending in the U.S. Congress since 2006. The suspended ratification of this FTA with Colombia can be attributed in some degree to political opposition from unions and human rights groups. The opposition is fundamentally based on […]

Argentina: Criminal Code Amended to Include Money Laundering

(July 20, 2011) On June 17, 2011, the legislature of Argentina passed Law 26683 to amend the Criminal Code in order to update the criminal treatment of money laundering (BOLETIN OFICIAL (June 21, 2011) (official site)). The new Law was adopted in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body […]

Spain: Bill on Dignified Death

(Feb. 2, 2011) The Government of Spain, through its Ministry of Health, is preparing a new bill on “death with dignity” that is expected to be ready to be submitted to the Council of Ministers by March 2011. (Pajín Asegura que la Futura Ley de Muerte Digna no Regulara la Eutanasia, LA VANGUARDIA (Jan. 26, […]

Bolivia: Law Against Racism and Any Form of Discrimination

(Nov. 18, 2010) On October 8, 2010, the President of Bolivia signed the Law Against Racism and Any Form of Discrimination (Law 45, Gaceta Oficial de Bolivia (Oct. 8, 2010, The Law is designed to establish mechanisms and procedures to prevent and punish racist or discriminatory behavior within the legal framework of the Political […]

Colombia; United States: Constitutional Court Suspends Military Cooperation Agreement

(Aug. 26, 2010) The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperación y Asistencia Técnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la República de Colombia y el de los Estados Unidos de América (Complementary Agreement on Cooperation and Technical Assistance on Defense and Security […]