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Sri Lanka: Human Rights Commission Recommends Ending Death Penalty

(Jan. 6, 2016) The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) recently recommended in a letter to the country’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, that Sri Lanka take two related steps: ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and abolish the death penalty in domestic legislation. The letter was also […]

International Labour Organization: Forced Labor Protocol to Come into Effect Next Year

(Dec. 3, 2015) The Protocol to the Forced Labor Convention, first adopted at a conference held by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2014, will come into effect on November 9, 2016. That date is 12 months after the protocol received its second ratification, from Norway, following a prior ratification by Niger.  (Norway Ratification Clinches […]

Indonesia: Constitutional Court Ruling on Political Office

(July 13, 2015) On July 9, 2015, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court issued a decision revoking a provision of a recent law on regional elections. (Decision No. 42/PUU-XIII/2015, Constitutional Court website (July 9, 2015) (in Indonesian).) It found article 7 of the 2015 law, which prohibits individuals with blood or marital ties to incumbent regional leaders from […]

Fiji: Parliament Approves Ratification of Convention Against Torture

(Mar. 19, 2015) On March 16, 2015, the Fijian Parliament voted unanimously to support the ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). (Nasik Swami, Yes to UNCAT, FIJI TIMES (Mar. 17, 2015).) The Parliament voted on a government motion following a debate on a […]

Court of Justice of the European Union: Draft Agreement on Future Accession to European Human Rights Convention

(Feb. 12, 2015) On December 18, 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its opinion on the compatibility with European Union law of the draft agreement on the future accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (“European Human Rights Convention” or “Convention”). The CJEU […]

Namibia: Electoral Law Amendment Planned

(June 23, 2014) According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before the next general election, scheduled for November of this year. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology […]

Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Agreement Concluded on Movement and Settlement of Nationals

(June 9, 2014) On June 3, 2014, the Republic of the Congo (often called Congo-Brazzaville for its capital) and its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (or DRC), signed an agreement on the movement and settlement of people and property between the two nations. The concord was made at the end of the meeting […]

Indonesia: Disability Rights Group Seeks New Law

(Apr. 28, 2014) On April 21, 2014, Fajri Nursyamsi, a researcher at Indonesia’s Legal and Policy Studies Center and a member of the Disability Draft Bill Working Group, said in a newspaper interview that advocacy groups would like to see Indonesia adopt a new law on disabilities. He stated, “[o]ne thing we want to highlight […]

United Nations: Treaty Will Allow Children to File Rights Complaints

(Apr. 22, 2014) On April 14, 2014, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure came into force, three months after the date on which the tenth country, Costa Rica, deposited an instrument of ratification of the Protocol. (New Treaty Enables Children to Lodge Complaints with UN […]

Bulgaria: Ratification of Disabilities Convention

(Feb. 27, 2012) On January 26, 2012, the Bulgarian National Assembly unanimously ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Bulgaria had signed the Convention on September 27, 2007, and the Optional Protocol on December 18, 2008. The National Assembly chose not to include the Protocol in the ratification process, however. […]