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Indonesia: Legislator Calls for Review of Death Penalty

(July 27, 2016) On July 25, 2016, Benny K. Harman, the Deputy Chief of Indonesia’s House of Representatives’ Commission III, which has responsibility for legal affairs, human rights, and security, spoke about the use of the death penalty in the country. He called for a review of its effectiveness and of the fairness of judicial […]

Singapore/Sri Lanka: Development Agreement Signed

(July 26, 2016) On July 18, 2016, Singapore and Sri Lanka concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on investment by Singaporean businesses in Sri Lanka. The pact was signed by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, a government agency, and the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development of Sri Lanka; it is the first MOU signed between Sri […]

United Nations: Agreement on Illegal Fishing

(July 22, 2016) In a July 1, 2016, statement, the Director-General of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, lauded an agreement on illegal fishing which, although concluded on November 22, 2009, just came into force on June 5, 2016. The Director-General stated that “[g]enerations to come will recognize the importance […]

Indonesia: Central Government Advocates Lower Local Real Estate Taxes

(July 21, 2016) Indonesia’s national government has asked municipal governments to reduce the building and land acquisition taxes they impose and to allow special tax treatment for real estate investment trusts (REITs). The purpose of the reductions would be to increase Indonesia’s competitiveness in attracting investment. (Anton Hermansyah, Govt to Give Local REITS Special Tax […]

Ivory Coast: UN Report Criticizes Handling of Rape Cases

(July 15, 2016) The United Nations Operation in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI), together with the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), issued a report on July 11, 2016, urging the Ivory Coast to do more to prevent rape and punish perpetrators. (Jaclyn Belczyk, UN Report: Ivory Coast Should Do More to Prevent and Punish Rape, PAPER CHASE […]

Kenya: Information Communication Technology Law Proposed

(July 11, 2016) On June 6, 2016, Aden Duale, the Majority Leader of the National Assembly, one house of Kenya’s bicameral legislature, introduced a draft law on information communication technology (ICT). (Information Communication Technology Practitioners Bill, 2016, KENYA GAZETTE SUPPLEMENT No. 84 (June 7, 2016), available at KENYA LAW.) The proposed law has provisions on […]

ILO/UNHCR: Agreement Signed to Benefit Refugees

(July 8, 2016) On July 1, 2016, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding designed to promote work opportunities for refugees and others who are involuntarily displaced; the new Memorandum builds on an existing one from 1983. (Press Release, ILO, UNHCR and ILO […]

Indonesia: Tax Amnesty Passed

(July 6, 2016) On June 28, 2016, Indonesia’s House of Representatives adopted a tax amnesty bill. The amnesty was described by Bambang Brodjonegoro, the Minister of Finance, as beneficial to the economy because it would increase asset repatriation, support the currency, help lower interest rates, and increase domestic investment. The government plans to issue three […]

Cameroon: Revision of Adultery Law

(June 30, 2016) On June 22, 2016, the lower house of the Parliament of Cameroon voted to amend the country’s criminal provisions on adultery. (Matthew Santiago, Cameroon Parliament Votes for Gender-Balanced Adultery, PAPER CHASE (June 26, 2016).) While the Penal Code had already penalized adultery as a crime for both men and women, responsibility was […]

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Legislation Considered

(June 28, 2016) On June 24, 2016, the Right to Information Law, with amendments, passed its second reading in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, following a debate that began the day before. The draft legislation had been introduced in the legislature on March 24 by the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathileka. (Sri Lanka […]