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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 […]

Vanuatu: Fourteen Politicians Sentenced to Prison for Corruption

(Oct. 26, 2015) On October 22, 2015, the Vanuatu Supreme Court sentenced 14 sitting members of parliament (MPs), including the Speaker of Parliament and the Deputy Prime Minister, to terms of imprisonment after their conviction on bribery and corruption charges.  (Vanuatu Court Sentences MPs, Including Former PMs Carasses and Vohor, to Jail for Corruption, ABC […]

Indonesia: Planned New Law on Corruption Commission Postponed

(Oct. 20, 2015) Indonesia’s House of Representatives and the executive branch of government have agreed to postpone a planned revision of the 2002 Law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (abbreviated in Indonesian as the KPK). (Govt, House Agree to Postpone KPK Law Revision, JAKARTA POST (Oct. 13, 2015); Undang-undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 30 Tahun 2002, […]

Indonesia: Planned E-Cigarette Ban Controversial

(Aug. 19, 2015) Indonesia’s Trade Minister, Rachmat Gobel, announced on May 18, 2015, that the government planned to ban sales of electronic cigarettes due to concern about the health impact of smoking such products, also known as vaping. (Linda Yulisman, RI Bans E-Cigarettes on Health Concerns, JAKARTA POST (May 19, 2015).) According to the head […]

China: Government Officials to Take Constitutional Oath

(July 27, 2015) On July 1, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted a decision requiring government officials to pledge allegiance to the PRC Constitution upon taking office. (Quanguo Renmin Dabiao Dahui Changwu Weiyuanhui Guanyu Shixing Xianfa Xuanshi Zhidu de Jueding [Decision of the […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on Territorial Entities and their Financial Stability

(July 22, 2015) On June 20, 2015, Decree-Law No. 78, on sub-national territorial entities, entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 78 of June 19, 2015, Urgent Provisions on Territorial Entities [D.L. No. 78], GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 140 (June 19, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) Fresh Funds for Disaster Relief The new legislation approves the goals […]

Italy: New Legislation Against Public Corruption and Organized Crime

(June 25, 2015) On June 14, 2015, new legislation fighting criminal conduct against the state, organized crime activities, and false accounting reporting entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 69 of May 6, 2015, Provisions on Crimes Against the Public Administration, Mafia-Type Associations and False Accounting, GAZETTA UFFICIALE No. 124 (May 30, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in […]

Indonesia: Presidential Instruction on Fighting Corruption Issued

(June 4, 2015) On May 26, 2015, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (known familiarly in Indonesia as Jokowi) formally issued a presidential instruction that he had signed on May 6 on prevention and eradication of corruption. He also gave a reminder to public officials of the importance of the problem. “In realizing clean governance, [corruption] prevention […]

Indonesia: Anti-Graft Law Planned

(Mar. 16, 2015) Indonesia’s State Ministry of National Development Planning is drafting a new regulation to combat corruption in the country. On March 5, 2015, Indonesia’s presidential staff announced that this anti-graft regulation, which will soon be issued by President Joko Widodo, will not curb the powers of the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi […]

Ukraine: Lustration of Government Officials Started

(Oct. 29, 2014) On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the “Law on Cleansing of the Authorities,” widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian parliament] website.) The Law establishes a lustration policy and a timetable of reviews that will be conducted […]