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Peru: Anti-Smoking Law

(Apr. 21, 2010) On April 1, 2010, the Peruvian Congress passed Law No. 29517, which declares all closed facilities, health care centers, educational centers, public and private means of transportation, and the interiors of workplaces to be smoke-free environments. (Ley No 29517 [in Spanish], Congress of the Republic of Peru website, (last visited Apr. […]

European Union: Spanish Presidency Endorses Potential Agreement Between European Union and United States on Electronic Health Care

(Apr. 2, 2010) On March 4, 2010, the Spanish Minister of Health and Social Policy, Trinidad Jiménez, in a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius, conveyed the support of the Government of Spain for a possible bilateral agreement between the two partners on digital healthcare. Spain holds the current Presidency of the European […]

Asia: AIDS Law Database Launched

(Mar. 10, 2010) On March 9, 2010, Asia Catalyst, “a resource for grassroots groups working for economic and social rights in Asia,” announced the launch of its free Asia AIDS Law Database, in a “public beta” version searchable in English and Chinese. An Asia Catalyst press release states that the new database, which has HIV/AIDS-related […]

Israel: Encouragement of Organ Donation

(Jan. 19, 2010) On January 4, 2010, the Knesset passed an amendment to the Public Health Law, 5754-1994. According to the amendment, a person who donates an organ during his lifetime to another Israeli resident in accordance with the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008, will be exempted from payment of health insurance premiums for a period […]

Spain: Lower House of Legislature Votes on Abortion Reform Bill

(Jan. 5, 2010) A joint session of Spain's Congreso de los Diputados (Lower House) voted on December 17, 2009, on an abortion reform bill. (Ley sobre Salud Sexual y Reproductiva e Interrupcion Voluntaria del Embarazo, BOLETÍN OFICIAL DE LAS CORTES GENERALES [BOCG], Series A, No. 41-1, Oct. 2, 2009, available atágina1).) The new law, […]

Africa: Draft HIV Law for East African Community

(Dec. 9, 2009) The East African Community (EAC) is drafting a law to provide a joint, regional response to HIV AIDS treatment for persons as they move freely across EAC Member States' borders. The EAC, headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania, comprises Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. A consultancy group's report, based on a study of […]

Peru: Congress Debates Legislation Decriminalizing Abortion

(Nov. 6, 2009) On October 7, 2009, Peru's Special Revision Commission on the reform of the Criminal Code approved an amendment that would decriminalize abortions performed in cases of rape or congenital malformations of the fetus. The amendment also permits abortions for pregnancies resulting from unwanted artificial inseminations. Currently, these abortions are penalized with imprisonment […]

Council of Europe; United Nations: Organ Trafficking Treaty Proposed

(Oct. 15, 2009) On October 13, 2009, a study on human organ trafficking, issued jointly by the United Nations and the Council of Europe, was released. (TRAFFICKING IN ORGANS, TISSUES AND CELLS AND TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE REMOVAL OF ORGANS (2009), Council of Europe website, available at It concluded that […]

Uganda: New Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Based on HIV Status and Criminalizing Intentional HIV Transmission

(Oct. 8, 2009) It was reported on October 4, 2009, that the Uganda Law Reform Commission is gearing up to present before the Ugandan Parliament the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, which, if passed, would penalize discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and make intentional transmission of the disease to another person a […]

Netherlands: Health Ministry Proposal to Amend Anti-Smoking Law

(Sept. 16, 2009) Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and cafés. Two recent court rulings stated that the law is not applicable to such establishments “because the law is […]