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Mongolia: Amendment to Controversial Amnesty Law Adopted

(Nov. 7, 2015) On October 29, 2015, Mongolia’s Parliament, the State Great Khural, adopted an amendment to the country’s new Law on Amnesty. The amending law took effect the same day. As a result of the law’s adoption, some 1,700 citizens will be released from prison. (The State Great Khural Finally Adopts Amnesty Law, INFOMONGOLIA.COM (last […]

Vanuatu: Fourteen Politicians Sentenced to Prison for Corruption

(Oct. 26, 2015) On October 22, 2015, the Vanuatu Supreme Court sentenced 14 sitting members of parliament (MPs), including the Speaker of Parliament and the Deputy Prime Minister, to terms of imprisonment after their conviction on bribery and corruption charges.  (Vanuatu Court Sentences MPs, Including Former PMs Carasses and Vohor, to Jail for Corruption, ABC […]

Italy: New Legislation for Administrative Reorganization of the State

(Sept. 9, 2015) On August 28, 2015, new legislation providing for a comprehensive reorganization of the public administration entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 124 of August 7, 2015, Powers Delegated to the Government Concerning the Reorganization of the Public Administration [Law No. 124], NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) Provisions on Digital Access to Government Information […]

Thailand: Anti-Corruption Law Penalties Extended to Foreigners

(Aug. 7, 2015) Amendments to Thailand’s Anti-Corruption Act took effect on July 9, 2015, upon their publication in the Royal Gazette. The amended Act imposes harsher penalties on state officials and extends the maximum penalty, capital punishment, to foreigners found guilty of corruption. (New Anti-Corruption Law in Thailand Extends Death Penalty to Foreigners, GUARDIAN (July […]

Italy: New Legislation Against Public Corruption and Organized Crime

(June 25, 2015) On June 14, 2015, new legislation fighting criminal conduct against the state, organized crime activities, and false accounting reporting entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 69 of May 6, 2015, Provisions on Crimes Against the Public Administration, Mafia-Type Associations and False Accounting, GAZETTA UFFICIALE No. 124 (May 30, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in […]

Indonesia: Presidential Instruction on Fighting Corruption Issued

(June 4, 2015) On May 26, 2015, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (known familiarly in Indonesia as Jokowi) formally issued a presidential instruction that he had signed on May 6 on prevention and eradication of corruption. He also gave a reminder to public officials of the importance of the problem. “In realizing clean governance, [corruption] prevention […]

South Korea: Controversial Anti-Corruption Law Promulgated

(Apr. 16, 2015) On March 26, 2015, President Park Geun-hye of South Korea promulgated the Anti-Corruption Law (Act No. 13278 (Mar. 27, 2015), Korea Ministry of Government Legislation website (in Korean)). The Law won bi-partisan approval in the National Assembly on March 3, 2015, despite controversy over its possible violations of the country’s Constitution. (Park […]

Taiwan: Cabinet Approves Draft Proposal on Adoption of Anti-Corruption Convention

(Oct. 10, 2014) On August 28, 2014, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved draft legislation formulated by the Ministry of Justice on Taiwan’s adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The Ministry of Justice draft also included provisions for implementing laws related to the Convention. (ROC Moves to […]

Romania: Court Finds Immunity Law Unconstitutional

(Jan. 23, 2014) On January 15, 2014, the Constitutional Court of Romania issued a ruling finding unconstitutional draft legislation that would grant public officials immunity from prosecution. The amendments to the Criminal Law, adopted by the Romanian legislature on December 9, 2013, would have made it harder to prosecute elected officials, provided legislators and government […]

India: New Anti-Corruption Law

(Jan. 8, 2014) On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, including the Prime Minister of the country. (Indian President Signs Historic Anti-Corruption Law, AUSTRALIA NETWORK NEWS […]