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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, […]

Brazil: Chamber of Deputies Approves Autonomy of Brazilian Central Bank

(Mar. 2, 2021) On February 10, 2021, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved Draft Law No. 19/2019, which grants autonomy to the Brazilian Central Bank (Banco Central do Brasil). The law defines the period for the mandates of the president and directors of the Central Bank, which must not coincide with that of the president […]

Italy: Education Ministry Reorganized

(Jan. 14, 2021) On December 29, 2020, a Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of Italy approving the Regulations on the Organization of the Ministry for Universities and Research entered into effect, significantly reorganizing the country’s education ministry. Ministry Divided into New Directorates-General  The new legislation overhauls the structure of the Ministry […]

New Zealand: Government Launches Charter on Use of Algorithms by Public Agencies

(July 31, 2020) On July 28, 2020, the New Zealand government launched the Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand, with the minister for statistics stating that it was the first country in the world “to outline a set of standards to guide the use of algorithms by public agencies.” The charter, which has been signed by 21 public […]

Morocco: Government Decides to Ease Restrictions Aimed at Curbing Spread of COVID-19

(June 24, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the prime minister of Morocco, Saadeddine El Otmani, announced that the country would start easing restrictions that had been put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The prime minister stated that he would lift all restrictions completely by July 10, 2020. Morocco has been […]

United States: Executive Branch Recommends Revocation of China Telecom’s License to Operate as an International Common Carrier in the United States

(Apr. 23, 2020) On April 9, 2020, the executive branch filed a recommendation to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke and terminate China Telecom (Americas) Corporation’s authorization to operate as a common carrier in the United States. The recommendation was the product of collaboration between the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Defense, State, and […]

Philippines: President Signs Executive Order on Diversity and Inclusion Program in Government Entities

(Dec. 31, 2019) On December 19, 2019, the Philippines’ government announced that President Rodrigo Duterte had signed an Executive Order providing for the creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Program (DIP) aimed at consolidating and implementing current laws, rules, and issuances against the discrimination of individuals in government entities. Specifically, the DIP will provide for […]

Denmark: Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of Danish Citizen for Illegal Presence in Syria

(Sept. 18, 2019) On August 27, 2019, the Danish Supreme Court sentenced a Danish citizen for unlawful presence in al-Raqqa, Syria, while fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Court thereby affirmed the appellate court decision, finding that the citizen’s presence violated section 114 j of the Danish Criminal Code. (Supreme Court Case No. 27/2019, […]

China: Open Government Regulations Revised

(Sept. 10, 2019) On April 3, 2019, China’s State Council issued the newly revised Regulations on Open Government Information (2019 Reg.). The Open Government Information (OGI) Regulations were first issued in 2007 (2007 Reg.) (English translation). The new Regulations took effect on May 15, 2019. The revision expands the OGI Regulations from 38 articles in the […]