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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 […]

Saint Lucia: Restrictions on Use of Tobacco Products in Public Places Adopted

(Jan. 29, 2021) On June 2, 2020, Saint Lucia Minister of Health Mary Isaac issued the Public Health (Smoking Control) Regulations, 2020. The regulations were issued on the basis of the minister’s authority in accordance with section 9 of the Public Health Act, Cap. 11.01, as amended by the Public Health (Amendment) Act, 2019. According […]

Mexico: Constitutional Reform Regarding Crimes Committed by the President of the Republic Approved

(Jan. 29, 2021) On December 15, 2020, the president of the Mexican Senate, Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar, announced the amendment of two articles of the Mexican Constitution concerning crimes committed by the president of the republic. The Senate president’s “declaration of constitutional reform” (declaratoria de reforma constitucional), which concerned articles 108 and 111 of the Constitution, […]

Turkey: Parliament Passes Law to Suppress Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation

(Jan. 27, 2021) On December 27, 2020, Turkey’s Parliament passed Law No. 7262 on the Suppression of the Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation. The explanatory memorandum of the draft bill that became Law No. 7262 states that the bill was created in response to the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) 2019 Turkey Mutual […]

Italy: New Law Contains Measures on Visas, Territorial Waters, Virtual Proceedings in Drug Trials, and Refugee Centers

(Jan. 22, 2021) On December 20, 2020, Italy’s government issued Law No. 173 of December 18, 2020, which contains new measures concerning visas, vessels in territorial waters, virtual proceedings in drug trafficking prosecutions, and refugee center security and detainee welfare. New Provisions on Student Visas, Resident Visas for Refugees The new legislation allows foreign students who […]

Israel: High Court Rejects Petition to Open Criminal Investigation against Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Wexner Foundation

(Jan. 22, 2021) On December 29, 2020, Israel’s High Court rejected outright a petition by current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyau’s Likud party to open a criminal investigation against former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and the Wexner Foundation. (HC 3194/20 Likud v. Attorney General.) Ehud Barak is a political rival of Netanyahu. Background The petition centers […]

Jamaica: House of Representatives Passes Bills Easing Admission of Drug Crime Evidence

(Jan. 15, 2021) On December 8, 2020, Jamaica’s House of Representatives passed amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1948, and the Evidence Act, 1843. If enacted, the amendments would introduce new procedures for securing and disposing of drugs seized in connection with drug crimes and enable the admission of drug samples and recorded images as […]

Israel: Law for Removal of Guardianship from Parents Convicted of Serious Domestic Offenses Adopted

(Jan. 15, 2021) On December 14, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed legislation to remove guardianship from a parent of a minor child when the parent has been convicted of the murder or attempted murder of the child’s other parent or the parent’s other children, or of raping or sodomizing any of the parent’s children. […]

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 […]