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Burundi/United Nations: Security Council Urges Peace Talks

(Nov. 19, 2015) On November 12, 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution urging all parties in the domestic unrest in Burundi to engage in peace talks. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the Council, just three days after U.N. officials noted that the political crisis in the country is at a critical […]

Indonesia: Jakarta Governor Issues Regulations on Demonstrations

(Nov. 6, 2015) On October 28, 2015, the Governor of the Jakarta Special Capital Region, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, issued a local regulation governing the freedom of expression in public places. (Peraturan Gubernur Provinsi Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta Nomor 228 Tahun 2015 Tentang Pengendalian Pelaksanaan Penyampaian Pendapat di Muka Umum pada Ruang Terbuka (Oct. 28, 2015), […]

Permanent Court of Arbitration/China/Philippines: Plan to Consider South China Sea Dispute

(Nov. 4, 2015) On October 29, 2015, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), located in The Hague, issued an Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility to hear the dispute brought before it by the Philippines against China concerning rights over contested areas in the South China Sea. The central issue in the case, according to the […]

Vietnam: Central Bank Currency Regulation Issued

(Nov. 3, 2015) On October 2, 2105, the State Bank of Vietnam issued Circular No. 15/2015/TT-NHNN, on foreign currency transactions at credit institutions. The goal of the Circular, which went into effect on October 5, is to limit speculation in and hoarding of U.S. dollars and other foreign currencies. (Central Bank to Tighten Management of […]

Indonesia: Aceh Province Law Expands Caning Punishment to Adultery and Homosexual Acts

(Oct. 28, 2015) A provincial law on criminal offenses under Sharia law, passed in 2014, came into effect on October 23, 2015, in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, the only part of the country that enforces Islamic Sharia law. (Aceh Regulation No. 6, 2014, Aceh government website (Oct. 22, 2014).) The local regulation prescribes a punishment of […]

Sri Lanka: Committee to Draft New Constitution

(Oct. 23, 2015) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka has appointed a committee to make recommendations for a new Constitution for the country. In addition to officials from the Department of Legal Draftsman (an agency in the Ministry of Justice), the committee includes legal scholars, officials from the parliamentary staff, and legislative representatives. (Sri […]

Indonesia: Planned New Law on Corruption Commission Postponed

(Oct. 20, 2015) Indonesia’s House of Representatives and the executive branch of government have agreed to postpone a planned revision of the 2002 Law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (abbreviated in Indonesian as the KPK). (Govt, House Agree to Postpone KPK Law Revision, JAKARTA POST (Oct. 13, 2015); Undang-undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 30 Tahun 2002, […]

Burkina Faso: General Charged in Coup Attempt

(Oct. 14, 2015) On October 6, 2015, General Gilbert Diendere of Burkina Faso and Djibril Bassole, the country’s former foreign minister, were each charged with 11 crimes related to the attempted coup of September 2015. Diendere, who surrendered following the end of the coup attempt, will be tried by a military tribunal for charges including […]

Niger/Saudi Arabia: Agreement Signed on Labor Recruitment

(Oct. 13, 2015) On September 30, 2015, Niger’s Minister of Labor, Employment, and Social Security, Salissou Ada, described the steps his country will take to implement an agreement between Niger and Saudi Arabia on recruitment of workers from Niger for jobs in Saudi Arabia. That agreement was concluded on June 5, at a meeting held […]

Indonesia: Central Bank Measures to Stabilize Currency

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 30, 2015, Indonesia’s central bank, Bank Indonesia, announced new measures designed to stabilize the rupiah, the country’s currency. The Bank will issue certificates in foreign currency and also will intervene in the currency market, hoping to stem the fall of the rupiah, both in fact and in public perceptions about […]