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Bahrain: Two-Year Imprisonment for Publishing Rumors and False News

(July 19, 2017) On July 10, 2017, the High Criminal Court in Manama, Bahrain, convicted Nabeel Rajab, a human rights activist, of “publishing and disseminating rumours and false news” and sentenced him to two years of imprisonment. (Bahrain: Jail Term for Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Exposes Authorities’ Relentless Campaign to Wipe out Dissent, Amnesty […]

Denmark: Blasphemy Law Repealed

(July 6, 2017) On June 8, 2017, the Danish Parliament repealed the blasphemy provision in the Danish Penal Code. The repeal took effect on the day after publication in the Lovtidende (Danish official gazette), i.e., on June 10, 2017.  (Lov om ændring af straffeloven, LOV nr 675 af 08/06/2017 [Law on Amending the Penal Code, […]

Israel: Increase in Prisoners’ Living Space Mandated

(June 30, 2017) On June 13, 2017, Israel’s Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, accepted petitions submitted by several associations and ordered the state to increase the personal living space allotted to every prisoner in the country within the next nine months to a minimum of three square meters (SM; approx. 32.3 […]

United Arab Emirates: Good Samaritan Pays Blood Money to Save Young Men from Execution

(June 15, 2017) An appeals court in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, issued a decision on May 25, 2017, absolving ten young Indian men from Punjab of the murder of a Pakistani fellow worker. The men were pardoned after a Dubai-based businessman paid blood money to the victim’s father.  (Anju Agnihotri Chaba, Back from Death […]

Uganda: Parliament Passes Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill

(June 8, 2017) On April 5, 2017, the Ugandan Parliament reportedly passed the Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill, 2017, which aims to make changes to the definitions of what constitutes “terrorism” and “an act of terrorism” under current law in order to ensure that the relevant Ugandan law is in keeping with “the revised international aspects envisaged by […]

Sweden: Swedish Prosecutors Discontinue Assange Investigation

(June 2, 2017) On May 19, 2017, the Swedish Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, announced that she had discontinued the investigation into the alleged rape committed by Julian Assange against a woman in Sweden. (Press Release, Swedish Prosecution Authority, The Investigation Against Julian Assange Is Discontinued (May 19, 2017); Beslut [Decision], Case AM-131226-10, Swedish […]

Germany: Bodycams for Federal Police Officers

(June 1, 2017) On May 16, 2017, legislation entered into force in Germany that allows federal police officers to wear bodycams in order to prevent the increasing number of violent attacks against them and to improve the prosecution of crimes in general. The recording devices must be manually started by the police officer and must […]

Israel: Additional Restriction on Sex Offenders

(May 16, 2017) On March 22, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Restrictions on the Return of a Sex Offender to the Crime Victim’s Locality (Amendment No. 6) Law, 5777-2017 (Amendment Law) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2627 p. 593, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew)).  The […]