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Italy: Legislation to Combat Corruption and Promote Transparency

(July 6, 2016) On June 23, 2016, new legislation on the fight against corruption and the promotion of transparency entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 97 of March 25, 2016, Review and Simplification of Provisions on the Prevention of Corruption and Promotion of Transparency, Correcting Law No. 190 of November 6, 2012, and Legislative Decree No. […]

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Legislation Considered

(June 28, 2016) On June 24, 2016, the Right to Information Law, with amendments, passed its second reading in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, following a debate that began the day before. The draft legislation had been introduced in the legislature on March 24 by the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathileka. (Sri Lanka […]

Mexico: Defense Department Ordered to Release Information on Drones

(June 17, 2016) In May 2016, Mexico’s National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (the federal authority on matters pertaining to access to public information, known as INAI) ordered the Department of Defense (known as SEDENA) to release information on the number of drones that it uses for aerial surveillance. […]

ECHR, Russian Federation: Breaches of Human Rights in Surveillance Legislation

(Mar. 2, 2016) The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in a decision issued on December 4, 2015, in the case of Roman Zakharov v. Russia, ruled on the legality of Russia’s regulations on administering the System for Ensuring Investigative Activities (SORM legislation) under article 34 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights […]

Russian Federation: State Control of Internet Proposed

(Mar. 1, 2016) On February 11, 2016, the Russian media reported that the Ministry of Communications had drafted proposed legislation on state control of Internet traffic in the territory of the Russian Federation. While the text of the legislation has not been published, the Russian newspaper that obtained the explanatory note for the proposal stated […]

Malawi: Parliament to Consider Access to Information Bill

(Feb. 23, 2016) On February 12, 2016, the Malawi Cabinet approved the Access to Information Bill, which seeks to accord access to public information in the custody of various private and public institutions.  (MISA Malawi Commends Malawi for Approving the Access to Information Bill, STAR AFRICA.COM (Feb. 18, 2016).)  The legislation was sent to the 193-member […]

Ukraine: New Law on TV Ownership

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 3, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a Law that introduces detailed definitions of ownership and interest in television and other broadcast companies, provides for new rules on television station ownership, and establishes new financial disclosure requirements for owners. (Law No. 674-VIII on Amending the Legislative Acts of […]

Russia: Security Clearance Restrictions on Employees with Relatives Abroad

(Mar. 6, 2015) On January 15, 2015, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation upheld the constitutionality of the Federal Law on State Secrecy and confirmed the legality of the current government practice of cancelling the security clearances of and restricting access to information that contains state secrets by those government employees whose family members […]

Egypt: Draft Law Banning Publishing of Information Concerning the Armed Forces

(Nov. 19, 2014) On November 6, 2014, the legislative department of the State Council of Egypt (a judicial organ) approved a draft law banning the publication in media outlets of any information concerning the armed forces. The State Council referred the draft law to the Council of Ministers, the country’s Cabinet, for further debate and […]

European Court of Human Rights; France: Recent Court Decisions on Islamic Veil Bans

(July 11, 2014) The European Court of Human Rights has recently ruled that the French ban on veiling one’s face in public does not breach the European Convention on Human Rights. (S.A.S. v. France, Eur. Ct. H.R. (July 1, 2014), Application No. 43835/11.) This ruling ends a case regarding a 2010 French law banning concealment […]