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Thailand: First Inheritance Tax in Decades Comes into Force

(Feb. 5, 2016) On February 1, 2016, an inheritance tax came into effect in Thailand for the first time in 72 years. The purpose of the law is to increase the tax base to generate revenue. The government has announced it expects to reap the equivalent of US$28 to $56 million from the new tax […]

Belgium: Court Rules Tax Haven Requirements Constitutional

(Feb. 4, 2016) Belgium’s Constitutional Court issued a decision on January 21, 2016, on the question of whether tax havens are unconstitutional. The decision, No. 11/2016, was in response to a request for a preliminary ruling sent by a lower court in Antwerp. The request asked whether the rules prohibiting tax deductibility and imposing reporting […]

Poland: Controversial Proposals and Measures on Surveillance Law, Constitutional Tribunal, and Media Law

(Feb. 3, 2016) Poland’s government is planning legal changes that would increase the surveillance over the country’s citizens. The new provisions, proposed by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would increase the government’s access to digital data while reducing restrictions on the use of surveillance by the police. (Dominic Yobbi, Thousands March in Poland to […]

Indonesia: Attorney General Affirms Need for Death Penalty

(Feb. 1, 2016) Speaking on January 20, 2016, Indonesia’s Attorney General, H.M. Prasetyo, affirmed the need for capital punishment. He was speaking in response to a question from the Indonesian legislature’s House Commission III, which oversees law and human rights issues. Prasetyo stated that executions are needed as “shock therapy against serious crime.”  (Erika Anindita, […]

Greece: Clarification of VAT as Applied to Crowdfunding Campaigns

(Jan. 29, 2016) The Public Revenue Authority of Greece issued a document on January 14, 2016, addressing the issue of how to apply value-added tax (VAT) to reward-based crowdfunding projects. In such funding campaigns, people contribute to a project before receiving any goods or services in exchange for their contributions. The crowdfunding is considered a […]

Indonesia: Student Visa Rules Eased

(Jan. 27, 2016) Under an agreement of January 21, 2016, between Yasonna H. Laoly, the Minister for Law and Human Rights, and Mohamad Nasir, the Minister for Research and Technology and Higher Education, visa procedures for foreigners planning to study in Indonesia will be simplified and can be completed online. The hope is that the […]

Nepal: New Constitution Amended

(Jan. 27, 2016) By a two-thirds vote on January 23, 2016, the Parliament of Nepal accepted an amendment of the country’s new Constitution. The Constitution had been adopted just a few months ago, in September 2015. (Nepal Parliament Amends New Constitution, INDIA.COM (Jan. 24, 2016); Wendy Zeldin, Nepal: New Constitution Approved, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Oct. […]

Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Comments on Constitutional Revision Plan

(Jan. 25, 2016) Speaking on January 17, 2016, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, stated that a new Constitution now being planned will not change the unitary structure of the nation. He discounted rumors that the country would be divided and asserted that he wants the country to be united, attributing the reports […]

Indonesia: Promotion of Measures to Protect Caves

(Jan. 21, 2016) On January 18, 2016, the President of Indonesia’s Speleological Society, Cahyo Rahmadi, urged the country’s government to adopt national standards to protect caves. Rahmadi stated, “[t]he government has not yet issued a guideline on cave management, even though caves have become tourist sites.”  (Bambang Muryanto, Government Urged to Protect Caves for Ecotourism, […]

Australia/Croatia: Former Serbian Commander Indicted

(Jan. 15, 2016) On January 8, 2016, Croatian authorities indicted Dragan Vasiljkovic on charges that he committed war crimes. Vasiljkovic was a Serbian paramilitary commander during the 1991-1995 war in the former Yugoslavia by which Croatia gained its independence. He is accused of torturing and killing Croatian soldiers and police officers; of ordering the executions […]