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United States: Injunction Issued to Permit Religious Protests at Funerals

(Dec. 2, 2007) On December 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that a Missouri statute barring protests at funerals should be preliminarily enjoined pending review of its constitutionality. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas believe it is their religious duty to protest at the funerals of United […]

Brazil: Strike Rights Limited by the Federal Supreme Court

(Dec. 2, 2007) On October 25, 2007, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) ruled that public servants have the right to go on strike, but imposed limitations on this right. Although foreseen by the Constitution of 1988, the issue has never been regulated by Congress with appropriate legislation. In its decision, STF declared Congress omissive […]

France: Law on the Fight Against Corruption

(Dec. 2, 2007) Law 2007-1598 of November 13, 2007, on the Fight Against Corruption amends the Penal Code to bring it into conformity with the 1999 Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and the 2003 United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The Law punishes any public official who engages in corruption, including public officials […]

Bangladesh: Judiciary Separated from Executive Control

(Nov. 2, 2007) Bangladesh formally declared the final separation of the government's executive and judicial functions on November 1, 2007, at a ceremony at which two separate magistracies for judicial and executive functions were inaugurated. Article 22 of the Bangladesh Constitution provides for independence of the Judiciary. In 1999 the Supreme Court directed that separation […]

Bangladesh: Mobile Court Ordinance 2007

(Nov. 2, 2007) "The Mobile Court Ordinance 2007, Ordinance No. 31, was published in the Bangladesh Gazette, October 29, 2007. The ordinance bars people from suing executive magistrates. It also empowers executive magistrates to perform certain judicial powers, including confiscating illegal goods and making decisions regarding confiscated perishable goods." The 2007 Mobile Court Ordinance created […]

France: Reorganization of Intelligence Services

(Nov. 2, 2007) Two of France's intelligence organizations, the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire (DST, Directorate of Territorial Security) and the Renseignements Généraux (RG, Central Directorate of General Information), are merging into one agency, the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur (DCRI, Central Directorate for Domestic Intelligence), to better fight terrorism. The DST was responsible […]

Saudi Arabia: Succession Rules

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 8, 2007, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia issued by-laws governing the work of the political body Haiat al-Baiat (Allegiance Commission), set up last year to help streamline the process of succession to the throne. The Commission will comprise the sons of King Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia. If […]