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France: Police to Be Required to Wear Body Cameras

(Nov. 24, 2015) On October 26, 2015, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced that police officers would soon be required to wear body cameras as part of their standard equipment. (Pierre de Cossette, Police: le port des “caméras piétons” généralisé [Police: The Wearing of “Body Cameras” to Become Routine], EUROPE 1 (Oct. 26, 2015).) Up […]

Israel: Penalties for Attempting to Cause Grievous Harm by Throwing Stones

(Nov. 19, 2015) On November 2, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed a temporary amendment to the Penal Law, imposing a minimum statutory penalty for unlawfully attempting to cause serious harm by throwing stones. The conviction of minors on charges for this offense, according to the amendment, will also result in nullifying, for the duration […]

Israel: Government Declares Northern Branch of Islamic Movement Unlawful

(Nov. 18, 2015) On November 17, 2015, the Israeli government’s Security Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, declared the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel to be an illegal organization. (Press Release, Prime Minister’s Office, Security Cabinet Decides to Outlaw the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel (Nov. 17, 2015).) […]

Netherlands: Tougher Penalties for Acts Involving Human Trafficking Proposed

(Nov. 7, 2015) The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has introduced legislation to tighten penalties against human traffickers. According to the Ministry, the aim of the measures, which would lengthen the applicable prison terms, “is to combat the degrading activities of these offenders more effectively” and “to do greater justice to the gravity of […]

Mongolia: Agenda for Autumn 2015 Session of Parliament

(Nov. 7, 2015) On September 20, 2015, the Chairman of the Great State Hural (Parliament), Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, gave a presentation on Mongolia’s economy to the American Chamber of Commerce in UlaanbaatarUlanbatar. Part of his remarks covered the fall agenda for the Great State Hural. Aside from what he termed “the usual suspects” – the 2016 […]

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 […]

Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Upholds Criminalization of Lewd Acts by Military

(Nov. 3, 2015) In a decision issued on October 28, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) upheld, but struck down portions of, article 235 of the Military Penal Code, which criminalizes the practice of lewd acts by members of the Armed Forces while carrying out their military activities and imposes a […]

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 […]

Egypt: Prison Sentence for Posting a Mocking Image of the President on Facebook

(Oct. 22, 2015) On October 10, 2015, Amr Nohan, a 23-year-old man serving in the army, was sentenced by a military court to three years of imprisonment for posting on his personal Facebook page a picture of President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi with Mickey Mouse ears. Human rights activists showed their opposition to the military court […]

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 […]