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Belarus: President Signs Decree Implementing New Procedure for Transfer of Power

(June 7, 2021) On May 9, 2021, the president of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, signed Decree No. 2 on the Protection of Sovereignty and Constitutional Order. The decree established a new procedure for the transfer of presidential duties in case of the president’s death due to assassination, terrorist attack, foreign aggression, or other actions involving the […]

United Kingdom: New Law Provides Framework for Covert Human Intelligence

(Mar. 31, 2021) The United Kingdom enacted the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Act (the CHIS Act) on March 1, 2021. The CHIS Act provides a framework to provide a criminal conduct authorization (CCA) that enables covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) to participate in actions during the course of their work that would otherwise constitute a […]

Bahrain: Crown Prince Issues Decree to Suppress Financing of Terrorism

(Mar. 5, 2021) On February 19, 2020, the crown prince and prime minister of Bahrain, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, issued Decree No. 12 of 2021 on the National Terrorism Lists. The decree is aimed at combating the financing of terrorism by establishing the National Terrorism List and the Sanction List, which will be […]

International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region

(Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]

Tunisia: Parliament Suspends Deliberations on Draft Law on Protections for the Police

(Feb. 3, 2021) On December 17, 2020, the Tunisian Parliament suspended deliberations on a bill to increase protections for the police because of the strong opposition to the bill cited in an October 2020 report issued by the Tahir Institute of Middle East Policy. The new draft law aimed at imposing criminal sanctions against a […]

Turkey: Parliament Passes Law to Suppress Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation

(Jan. 27, 2021) On December 27, 2020, Turkey’s Parliament passed Law No. 7262 on the Suppression of the Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation. The explanatory memorandum of the draft bill that became Law No. 7262 states that the bill was created in response to the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) 2019 Turkey Mutual […]

Egypt: New Crimes Added to Penal Code

(Jan. 11, 2021) On December 16, 2020, the Egyptian cabinet approved a proposed addition to the penal code concerning the criminalization of video and audio recordings of criminal trial hearings. Additionally, the Egyptian Parliament in September 2020 passed two laws introducing the new crimes of (1) bullying and (2) conducting foreign currency exchanges outside credited […]

Qatar: Minister of Justice Issues Regulation on Lawyers’ Legal Obligations Regarding Anti-money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Requirements

(Dec. 3, 2020) On July 9, 2020, Qatar’s minister of justice issued a regulation laying out lawyers’ legal obligations when developing an anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing program and policies for the lawyers’ organization. Minister of Justice Regulation No. 24 of 2020 was published in Qatar’s Official Gazette following the ratification of the draft by […]

Australia: Bill Creating New Process for Citizenship Cessation Based on Involvement in Terrorism Enacted

(Oct. 6, 2020) On September 17, 2020, the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Act 2020 (Cth) (2020 Amendment Act) was signed into law, with the legislation having been passed by the Parliament on September 3. The Act amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth) to replace the previous system, established by the Australian Citizenship Amendment […]

France: Constitutional Court Strikes Down Special Security Measures for Individuals Convicted of Terrorism

(Sept. 30, 2020) On August 7, 2020, the French Conseil constitutionnel (Constitutional Council) struck down most of a bill that aimed to impose special security measures on individuals after their release from prison for participating in terrorism-related activities. This bill, which was first submitted on March 11, 2020, was adopted by the French Parliament on […]