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Central American Northern Triangle Authorities, Mexico, and UN Economic Commission Meet to Implement Global Compact for Migration

(Feb. 6, 2019) A Mexican government press release of January 15, 2019, reports that delegations from the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, and representatives of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (ECLAC, or CEPAL), met at the headquarters of […]

Mexico: National Electoral Institute Challenges Reduction of Its Budget Before Supreme Court

(Feb. 4, 2019) Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral, INE) filed a constitutional suit before the Supreme Court of the Nation against the reduction of 950 million pesos (nearly US$50 million) that the lower house of Congress (Cámara de Diputados, Chamber of Deputies) made to the INE’s 2019 expenditures budget and the salary reductions […]

Egypt: Parliament to Finalize NGO Law Amendments in March

(Jan. 29, 2019) On January 16, 2019, Talaat Abdel Qawi, the Director of Egypt’s General Federation of NGOs, confirmed that a draft law amending Law No. 70 of 2017 regulating the work of nongovernmental organizations would be finalized in March and sent to the cabinet for review. According to Abdel Qawi, the Federation held four […]

Mexico: Lower House of Congress Approves Reform to Create a National Guard

(Jan. 28, 2019) In a plenary session held on January 16, 2019, Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies approved a constitutional amendment for the creation of a National Guard. The amendment was approved after nine hours of debate, with 348 votes in favor, 108 votes against, and 10 abstentions. (David Vicenteño y Héctor Figueroa, Deputies Approve Creation […]

Sweden: Changes to Law on National Minorities and Minority Languages Take Effect

(Jan. 28, 2019) On January 1, 2019, provisions expanding rights and protection for Swedish national minorities and minority languages took effect. The new provisions provide that minorities have a right to both elder care and preschool in their native (minority) language. (17, 18 & 18 a §§ Lag om nationell minoriteter [Act on National Minorities] […]

Germany: Courts’ Obligation to Accommodate Disability at Oral Argument Must Be Balanced Against Other Principles

(Jan. 16, 2019) In an order published on January 3, 2019, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) declined to hear a case in which the complainant requested that oral arguments be conducted in a way to accommodate his Asperger’s syndrome. The Court held that the decision of the regional social court (Landessozialgericht) denying his […]

Malawi: Parliament Passes Law Allowing Dual Citizenship

(Dec. 27, 2018) On December 12, 2018, Malawi’s 193-member unicameral National Assembly reportedly passed the Malawi Citizenship Amendment Bill to amend the 1966 Citizenship Act (hereinafter “the Principal Act”). If enacted, the new law would permit Malawians who have acquired the citizenship of other countries to retain their Malawi citizenship. (Malawi Parliament Passes Bill Allowing […]

China: Rail Passengers Refusing to Vacate Others’ Seats Punished by Administrative Detention

(Dec. 20, 2018) On December 3, 2018, two rail passengers in China were reportedly punished by administrative detention after refusing to vacate seats booked by others, which may be the harshest punishments handed out in cases of this kind in the country. (Mandy Zuo, China Gets Tough on Train ‘Seat Robbers’ Who Refuse to Move, […]