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Philippines/Indonesia: Agreement on Border Issues

(Feb. 28, 2018) Following a meeting of high-ranking officials of the Philippines and Indonesia, it was announced on January 10, 2018, that the two countries had agreed to a number of measures aimed at increasing trade and curbing terrorism. (Lilian Mellejor, PH, Indonesia to Intensify Cross-Border Cooperation, PHILIPPINES NEWS AGENCY (PNA) (Jan. 10, 2018).) The area […]

Iran: New Copyright Law to Be Submitted to Parliament

(Nov. 7, 2017) Iran’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has announced it is working closely with the Parliament Research Center and other relevant agencies to formulate a new copyright bill for submission to Parliament. (Minister of Communications and Information Technology: Copyright Law Is Outdated; New Copyright Law to Be Sent to Parliament, IRANIAN LABOUR […]

Africa: New Regional Anti-Piracy Agreement

(July 9, 2013) On June 25, 2013, in an effort to help prevent piracy and other illegal maritime actions in West and Central Africa, participants in the <?Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, adopted the Yaoundé Declaration on the Gulf of Guinea Security. Two key resolutions […]

Kenya: Appellate Court Rules Kenyan Courts Do Have Jurisdiction over Offenses Committed on High Seas

(Oct. 25, 2012) On October 18, 2012, the Kenyan Court of Appeal ruled that Kenyan courts have jurisdiction over cases involving persons suspected of international piracy. The ruling overturns a 2010 decision that had determined Kenya lacks such jurisdiction. (Rebecca DiLeonardo, Kenya Appeals Court Allows Jurisdiction over International Piracy Cases, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Oct. 18, […]

Somalia: Puntland Establishes Piracy Courts and Prisons

(Apr. 20, 2011) On April 18, 2011, Reuters reported that Somalia's Puntland semi-autonomous regional state will soon put in place special prisons and courts to try pirates in the Indian Ocean region. (Martina Fuchs, Somali Enclave to Set Up Piracy Courts, Prisons, REUTERS (Apr. 18, 2011).) According to Saeed Mohamed Rage, Puntland's Minister of Marine […]

United Nations: Security Council Resolution Considers Specialized Courts to Combat Piracy in Somalia

(Apr. 18, 2011) On April 11, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), cognizant of the continuing incidents of armed robbery and other violence against ships off the coast of Somalia and of other states in that region, adopted Resolution 1976. This resolution was preceded by Resolution 1846 adopted in 2008 and two additional resolutions […]

Malaysia: Seven Alleged Pirates Charged with Firearms Offenses

(Feb. 16, 2011) On February 11, 2011, Malaysian prosecutors filed charges against seven Somali nationals who had been captured by Malaysian naval forces in the Gulf of Aden on January 20, 2011. (Seven Somalis Face Death Sentence Under Firearms Charge, BERNAMA (Feb. 11, 2011),http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=563146.) The seven men and boys (three of the accused are 15 […]

Somalia: Special Courts and Anti-Piracy Law Proposed

(Jan. 27, 2011) On January 25, 2011, the United Nations special envoy on maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia put forward a proposal for the establishment of special courts to try piracy cases (Somalia: UN Envoy Proposes Special Courts to Try Suspected Pirates, UN NEWS SERVICE (Jan. 25, 2011), http://tinyurl.com/4t8pqlv). The proposal envisages the […]

Kenya: Alleged Somali Pirates Acquitted for Lack of Evidence

(Nov. 12, 2010) It was reported on November 5, 2010, that a Kenyan magistrate found not guilty 17 Somalis who had been accused of piracy in connection with an attack against the MV Amira, an Egyptian-flagged ship, in May 2009. The Mombasa court ruled that the prosecution had not proved its case beyond a reasonable […]