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Iran: Law to Protect Wetlands

(July 10, 2017) In an effort to counteract the combined effects of climate change, water crises, and human activities that have turned Iran’s once-thriving wetlands into sources of dust and sand storms, the Iranian Parliament has passed the Law to Protect, Restore, and Manage the Country’s Wetlands (Wetlands Protection Law). (Law on Wetlands Protection Ready, […]

Iran: 14.5% Minimum Wage Increase Still Not in Accord with Labor Law Protections

(Apr. 19, 2017) Iran’s Supreme Labor Council, a government body charged with proposing labor regulations to the presidential Cabinet, agreed on March 15, 2017, to raise the minimum wage for the 2017 fiscal year (which begins March 21 in Iran) by 14.5%.  (Workers’ Rights, CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN (Jan. 3, 2006); Labor Code […]

The Philippines: New Agency Created to Support Drug Enforcement Agency

(Mar. 15, 2017) On March 6, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) that brings together 21 state agencies, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as chair, under a joint command, in order to more effectively combat the country’s drug problem. (Manuel Mogato, Philippine […]

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Act to Be Implemented

(Jan. 6, 2017) Sri Lanka’s Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathilaka, recently announced that arrangements have been made to implement the country’s 2016 Right to Information Act.  The Act will come into force on February 4, 2017, and a central Information Officer will be appointed to provide information services to every state […]

Laos: Proposed Amendment of Law on Promotion of Investment

(Nov. 28, 2016) On November 17, 2016, Laos’s Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Khamlien Pholsena, introduced a draft amendment to the 2009 Law on Investment Promotion to the National Assembly, the country’s legislature. (Somxay Sengdara, Law Amendment to Strengthen Investment Promotion, VIENTIANE TIMES (last updated Nov. 18, 2016); Law on Investment Promotion, No. 2/NA […]

Egypt: Parliament Provisionally Approves Legislation Regulating NGOs

(Nov. 22, 2016) On November 14, 2016, the Egyptian People’s Assembly (the parliament) provisionally approved a draft law regulating the work of domestic and international non-governmental organizations operating in the country.  The draft law was proposed by the Social Solidarity Committee of the Assembly.  (Gamal Essam El-Din, Egypt Parliament Provisionally Approves a New NGO Law; […]

Germany: Powers of Federal Intelligence Service Expanded

(Nov. 18, 2016) On November 4, 2016, the German Bundesrat, the constitutional body through which the German states participate in the legislative process, approved an act to expand the powers of the Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND) to gather signals intelligence from foreign targets located abroad (“foreign-foreign signals intelligence gathering”) and to cooperate with foreign […]

Indonesia: Controversy over Haj Agency Proposal

(Oct. 7, 2016) Indonesia’s government currently oversees its citizens’ exercise of the haj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, something each observant Muslim aspires to accomplish once in a lifetime. Under the Law on Implementing Haj Worship of 2008, which replaced a law on the same topic of 1999, the Ministry of Religious Affairs provides […]

Italy: Legislation on the Audit of Government Accounts

(Aug. 18, 2016) On August 5, 2016, new legislation on the statutory audit of governmental accounts entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 135 of July 17, 2016, Implementing EU Directive 2014/56/EU that Amends Directive 2006/43/EC Concerning the Statutory Audit of Annual Accounts and Consolidated Accounts (L.D. No. 135), GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 169 (July […]

New Zealand: Security and Intelligence Bill Introduced

(Aug. 16, 2016) On August 15, 2016, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, introduced the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016 in the Parliament.  (New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT; New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, New Zealand Legislation website (both last visited Aug. 15, 2016).)  The Bill implements […]