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United States: Executive Branch Recommends Revocation of China Telecom’s License to Operate as an International Common Carrier in the United States

(Apr. 23, 2020) On April 9, 2020, the executive branch filed a recommendation to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke and terminate China Telecom (Americas) Corporation’s authorization to operate as a common carrier in the United States. The recommendation was the product of collaboration between the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Defense, State, and […]

Philippines: President Signs Executive Order on Diversity and Inclusion Program in Government Entities

(Dec. 31, 2019) On December 19, 2019, the Philippines’ government announced that President Rodrigo Duterte had signed an Executive Order providing for the creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Program (DIP) aimed at consolidating and implementing current laws, rules, and issuances against the discrimination of individuals in government entities. Specifically, the DIP will provide for […]

Denmark: Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of Danish Citizen for Illegal Presence in Syria

(Sept. 18, 2019) On August 27, 2019, the Danish Supreme Court sentenced a Danish citizen for unlawful presence in al-Raqqa, Syria, while fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Court thereby affirmed the appellate court decision, finding that the citizen’s presence violated section 114 j of the Danish Criminal Code. (Supreme Court Case No. 27/2019, […]

China: Open Government Regulations Revised

(Sept. 10, 2019) On April 3, 2019, China’s State Council issued the newly revised Regulations on Open Government Information (2019 Reg.). The Open Government Information (OGI) Regulations were first issued in 2007 (2007 Reg.) (English translation). The new Regulations took effect on May 15, 2019. The revision expands the OGI Regulations from 38 articles in the […]

Peru: Paid Leave for Caretakers of the Disabled Implemented

(July 29, 2019) On July 8, 2019, Peru’s Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion (Ministerio de Trabajo y Promotion del Empleo) issued Supreme Decree No. 009-2019-TR, granting public and private employees the right to take paid leave to care for disabled persons under their care. (Decreto Supremo 009-2019-TR, Concede el Derecho de Licencia al Trabajador […]

Afghanistan: Ministry of Mines and Petroleum Launches Campaign to Stop Illegal Extraction of Mineral Resources

(July 26, 2019) On June 19, 2019, Afghanistan’s Acting Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MOMP), Narges Nehan, announced that the Ministry had begun a country-wide survey to identify and ban the illegal extraction of major metals and mineral resources, whose value, according to the Afghanistan Geological Survey, is estimated to be worth […]

Sweden: Supreme Court No Longer Receives or Sends Communications via Telefax

(Mar. 8, 2019) As of March 1, 2019, the Swedish Supreme Court is no longer sending or receiving messages via fax machine in its communications with the public (including counsel and defendants). (Press Release, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Ceases Communicating by Telefax (Feb. 14, 2019) (in Swedish).) After an amendment to the Administrative Procedure Act […]

Italy: New Anti-Corruption Legislation Comes into Force

(Feb. 26, 2019) On January 31, 2019, new legislation introducing amendments to the Italian Criminal Code aimed at preventing and punishing corruption involving public agencies entered into force. (Law No. 3 of January 9, 2019, Measures to Combat Crimes Against the Public Administration, as well as on the Statute of Limitations for Crimes and the […]

Italy: Measures for Simplification of Companies and Public Administration Take Effect

(Feb. 5, 2019) On December 12, 2018, new measures to simplify public administration and promote the economy entered into force in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 135 of December 14, 2018, Urgent Provisions on Supporting and Simplifying Companies and Public Administration) (D.L. No. 135), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.), Dec. 14, 2018, G.U. website (in Italian).) Support for Small […]

Sweden: Changes to Law on National Minorities and Minority Languages Take Effect

(Jan. 28, 2019) On January 1, 2019, provisions expanding rights and protection for Swedish national minorities and minority languages took effect. The new provisions provide that minorities have a right to both elder care and preschool in their native (minority) language. (17, 18 & 18 a §§ Lag om nationell minoriteter [Act on National Minorities] […]