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Israel: Knesset Passes Additional Provisions on Police Testing of Drivers’ Alcohol and Drug Levels

(Dec. 6, 2018) On November 5, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed an amendment law with new provisions regarding the testing of drivers’ blood and alcohol levels by the police. (Transportation Ordinance (Amendment No. 125) Law, 5779-2018 (SEFER HAHUKIM [SH] [BOOK OF LAWS] (official gazette) 5778 No. 2755 p. 40, Ministry of Justice website (in […]

Zimbabwe: Court Declares Law Empowering Police to Ban Public Demonstrations Indefinitely Unconstitutional

(Nov. 20, 2018) On October 18, 2018, the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe, the highest court in the land on all constitutional matters, found unconstitutional a provision in the 2002 Public Order and Security Act (POSA) that essentially empowers local police to indefinitely ban public demonstrations in their jurisdictions.  (Carmel Richkard, A New Chapter for Human Rights […]

United Kingdom: Cliff Richard Wins Privacy Case Against BBC and South Yorkshire Police

(Sept. 11, 2018) On July 18, 2018, Sir Cliff Richard OBE was awarded £210,000 (about US$270,360) in general damages after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was held liable for infringing his privacy rights over the filming and broadcast of a search of his UK property by South Yorkshire Police (SYP) in relation to allegations of […]

Brazil: Supreme Court Rules Federal Police Plea Bargains Are Constitutional

(June 25, 2018) On June 21, 2018, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) ruled on a Direct Action of Unconstitutionality (Ação Direta de Inconstitucionalidade (ADI) 5508) proposed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office (Procuradoria Geral da República), holding that agents of the Federal Police (Delegados) could not make plea bargain agreements (acordos de […]

Israel: Polygraph Tests for Police Officers in Sensitive Positions Authorized

(Apr. 30, 2018) On April 17, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) Internal Affairs and Environment Committee approved Israel Police rules for the examination of applicants’ suitability for police force positions. (Press Release, Knesset, Interior Committee Approves Regulations for Examination of Suitability and Polygraph Tests for Police Officers in Sensitive Positions (Apr. 17, 2018), Knesset website […]

Israel: New Law Authorizes Blocking Telephone Numbers to Prevent Offenses

(Apr. 26, 2018) On March 12, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed legislation authorizing cellular phone providers to block telephone numbers that are “publicly advertised for the purpose of committing an offense.” (Blocking a Telephone Number for Prevention of Committing Offenses Law, 5778-2018, § 2(a), SEFER HAHUKIM (BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette) 5778 No. 2711 […]

Tajikistan: Law Prescribes Observation of National Traditions

(Apr. 2, 2018) On March 12, 2018, members of the Tajikistani legislature approved amendments to the Law of Tajikistan on Regulating Traditions, Celebrations, and Rituals in the Republic of Tajikistan. (Law of the Republic of Tajikistan No. 272 of June 8, 2007, Spinform website (in Russian) (by subscription).) Provisions of this Law, which allow government, […]

Finland: Finnish Transport Safety Agency to Introduce Digital Driver’s License

(Mar. 15, 2018) On January 30, 2018, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafiksäkerhetsverket, Trafi) announced it will introduce digital driver’s licenses as of summer 2018, reportedly making Finland the first country in the world to introduce a digital driver’s license. (Digitalt körkort, TRAFI (last updated Jan. 30, 2018); Simon Karlsson, Digitalt körkort redan i sommar […]

Sweden: Three-Month Weapons Amnesty Implemented

(Feb. 7, 2018) The Swedish government has announced a weapons amnesty effective between February 1, 2018, and April 30, 2018, during which anyone possessing illegal weapons and firearms can surrender them to the police without the risk of facing criminal charges. (Justitiedepartementet, Lagrådsremiss: En tidsbegränsad vapenamnesti 2018 [Referral to the Council on Legislation: A Temporary […]

Colombia/Mexico/United States: Joint Strategy on Transnational Crime

(Jan. 26, 2018) On December 6–7, 2017, the attorneys general of Colombia, Mexico, and the United States participated in the Trilateral Summit Against Transnational Organized Crime, whose goal was to “renew the existing commitment to international judicial cooperation and to deepen joint strategies in the fight against transnational organized crime.” (Press Release, US Department of […]