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Denmark: Political Parties Agree on Changes to Citizenship Naturalization Rules

(May 19, 2021) On April 20, 2021, the Danish Parliament’s Social Democratic Party, Liberal Party, Conservative Party, and Liberal Alliance announced that they had entered into a political agreement (politisk aftale) concerning the conditions for acquiring Danish citizenship through naturalization. In accordance with the political agreement, no foreign citizen previously sentenced to imprisonment for a […]

Finland: Parliament Approves Early Voting in Municipal Elections at Military Garrisons Because of COVID-19 Pandemic

(May 13, 2021) On May 7, 2021, the Finnish Parliament voted to amend the country’s Election Act to allow military recruits who are completing their mandatory or voluntary military service to vote early at their place of military service (garnisonerna). The amendment does not apply to persons completing civil service in lieu of military service. […]

Finland: Municipality Elections Postponed Because of COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 5, 2021) On March 26, 2021, the Finnish Parliament voted to approve a two-month postponement of the country’s municipal elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The elections, originally scheduled for April 18, 2021, will now be held on June 13, 2021. In accordance with the decision, early voting was also rescheduled for May 26 […]

England: Government Introduces Law to Allow More Flexible Proxy Voting in Local Elections Due to COVID-19

(Mar. 18, 2021) In England on February 23, 2021, the Representation of the People (Proxy Vote Applications) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 were laid before Parliament. If enacted, the regulations will enable individuals who are self-quarantining or “shielding” due to COVID-19 to vote in local elections, scheduled for May 6, 2021, via a last minute proxy vote […]

England: Government Proposes Ban on Housing Children Under 16 in Unregulated Accommodations

(Mar. 11, 2021) In response to a consultation (survey) launched on February 12, 2021, on the provision of unregulated accommodations for children in care, England’s government recently announced its intention to amend regulations to prohibit children under 16 years old from being placed in independent or semi-independent accommodations. This type of accommodation is not required […]

Nicaragua: Amendment to Code of Criminal Procedure Extends Pretrial Preventive Detention Period

(Mar. 11, 2021) On February 5, 2021, Law No. 1060, which amends Nicaragua’s Code of Criminal Procedure to extend the previous 48-hour pretrial preventive detention period for suspects, was published in the country’s official gazette and entered into force. Law No. 1060 adds a new article 253 bis to the code, stipulating that the judicial […]

New Zealand: Amendments Enacted to Remove Barriers to the Establishment of Maori Seats by Local Authorities

(Mar. 5, 2021) On March 1, 2021, the Local Electoral (Maori Wards and Maori Constituencies) Amendment Act 2021 (2021 Act) received royal assent, having been passed by the New Zealand Parliament on February 23, 2021. The amendments to the Local Electoral Act 2001 were passed under urgency procedures, as the government considered that local authorities […]

Denmark: Parliament Votes to Initiate Impeachment Proceedings against Former Immigration Minister

(Feb. 19, 2021) On February 2, 2021, the Danish Parliament voted to initiate impeachment court proceedings against former Minister for Immigration, Integration and Housing Inger Støjberg for issuing a directive in 2016 requiring the automatic separation of asylum-seeking spouses when either spouse was under the age of 18. The directive was in force during February […]