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Colombia: Congress Passes Law Ratifying Inter-American Convention on the Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons

(Oct. 20, 2020) On September 10, 2020, Colombia’s Congress passed Law No. 2055 to ratify the Inter-American Convention on the Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons. The convention had been adopted at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2015, and entered into force on January […]

China: Travel Ban Lifted for Foreigners Holding Certain Chinese Residence Permits

(Oct. 14, 2020) On September 23, 2020, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and National Immigration Administration (NIA) jointly issued an announcement of a rule change that allows foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters, and family reunification to enter China without applying for new visas. (Announcement on Entry by Foreign […]

Israel: Temporary Restriction on the Right to Protest during Coronavirus Lockdown Adopted

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 30, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) plenum, by a vote of 46-38, passed legislation authorizing the government to declare, during a national lockdown, a “special state of emergency due to the coronavirus” and impose travel restrictions and other restrictions on the movement of persons as well as on public gatherings. […]

UAE: Dubai Introduces New Rules for Food Establishments to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 24, 2020, the Municipality of Dubai, one of the nine emirates of the United Arab Emirates, issued Circular No. 45 of 2020 regulating the operation of food establishments, including restaurants, food courts, and cafes. The purpose of the new regulation, The National reported, is to combat the spread of COVID-19 while supporting […]

Turkey: Presidential Decree Extends COVID-19-Related Dividend Payment Limit by Three Months

(Oct. 7, 2020) A presidential decree published in Turkey’s Official Gazette on September 18, 2020, extended by three months the term of a rule that temporarily limits the amount of profits that companies can pay out to shareholders as dividends. The rule was included in the Turkish Commercial Code (TCC) on April 17, 2020, as […]

Brazil: State of Espírito Santo Issues Decree on Fines for Spreading Fake News about Pandemics

(Oct. 2, 2020) On September 16, 2020, the governor of the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil, sanctioned Decree No. 4,731-R (p. 45) regulating Law No. 11,135 (p. 9), of June 2, 2020, which established a fine for those who publish false news about epidemics, endemic diseases, or pandemics in the state. According to article 2 […]

England: Government Issues New Restrictions Due to Coronavirus Predictions

(Oct. 1, 2020) Just 12 days after issuing the new “Rule of Six” restrictions, the government made an announcement on September 22, 2020, that England was at a “perilous turning point” and further measures were necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. The new requirements increase the number of places where face masks must be […]

Germany: Ethics Council Advises against COVID-19 Immunity Passports

(Sept. 30, 2020) On September 22, 2020, the German Ethics Council released an opinion unanimously advising against COVID-19 immunity passports for the time being due to the “many uncertainties that still exist regarding immunity against the novel coronavirus.” The Ethics Council had been asked by the German federal minister of health to issue an opinion […]

France: Council of State Confirms That Masks Can Be Made Mandatory under Certain Conditions

(Sept. 30, 2020) On September 6, 2020, France’s Conseil d’Etat (Council of State) issued two decisions confirming that government authorities may impose mandatory mask-wearing in certain geographic areas, but under certain conditions. The Conseil d’Etat is, in addition to being an advisory body for the government, the highest jurisdiction for administrative law. The decisions in […]

United Nations: Agencies Urge Members Countries to Allow Crew Changes by Seafarers Stuck on Ships during Pandemic

(Sept. 30, 2020) On September 11, 2020, a number of United Nations (UN) agencies issued a joint statement asking all UN member countries to take urgent measures in order to allow crew changes of seafarers’ crews aboard shipping and fishing vessels notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement explains that such changes are long overdue, as […]