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Italy: Amendment to Armed Forces Personnel Law

(July 26, 2017) On July 7, 2017, new legislation on the Armed Forces entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 94 of May 29, 2017, Provisions Concerning the Reorganization of the Roles and the Career of the Armed Forces Personnel, as Provided in Article 1, Paragraph 5, Second Point, of Law No. 244 of […]

Sweden: Mandatory Military Education Re-Introduced

(May 5, 2017) On March 2, 2017, the Swedish Government re-introduced mandatory military education for its citizens. (Regeringen återaktiverar mönstring och grundutbildning med värnplikt [Government Re-Activates Conscription and Mandatory Basic [Military] Education], REGERINGEN (Mar. 2, 2017).) The reason cited by the Swedish government is that the current “volunteer only” solution to military conscription and staffing […]

Germany: Parliament Debates Burqa and Niqab Ban for Civil Servants and Soldiers

(Mar. 22, 2017) On March 9, 2017, the German Bundestag (parliament) debated a draft act that would prohibit federal civil servants performing official duties and soldiers in general from wearing full body and face veils (burqas) and face veils (niqab).  Exceptions would be allowed for medical reasons (protection against infections) or for official purposes.  The […]

Turkey: Three New Decree-Laws Issued Under State of Emergency

(Jan. 11, 2017) Three new decree-laws pursuant to Turkey’s state of emergency were published in the country’s official gazette on January 6, 2017.  Decree-Law 679 provides for additional dismissals of thousands of civil servants, police officers, armed forces personnel, and university professors and staff; at the same time, over 200 individuals who had been dismissed […]

Lithuania: Military Conscription Reinstated

(Dec. 16, 2016)  On September 1, 2016, the Law on Compulsory Military Duty, which was signed by the President of Lithuania in June, entered into force, and it will be valid for the next five years.  The Law will require legislative reauthorization every five years in order to remain in effect.  (Press Release, Office of […]

Israel: Criminalization of Incitement of Volunteer Soldiers to Defect

(July 28, 2016) On July 12, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Penal Law (Amendment No. 127) (Incitement of Defection of a Person Who Volunteered for an Armed Force) 5776-2016. (Amendment No. 127, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5756 No. 2561, p. 140, as amended, Knesset website (last visited July […]

Turkey: Immunity for Soldiers Involved in Counterterrorism Operations

(July 5, 2016) On June 24, 2016, the Grand National Assembly (Turkey’s parliament) adopted a law amending the Turkish Armed Forces Personnel Law, along with some other laws, to provide for immunity from prosecution, in some cases, of armed forces personnel engaged in counterterrorism operations; prosecution of soldiers will require the permission of “the military […]