Court of Appeal Dismisses Theft Charges Against Boy for Stealing Bread (Dec. 17, 2014) by George Sadek

On December 10, 2014, the Court of Appeal in Bani Swief, south of Cairo, Egypt, dismissed theft charges against a nine-year-old boy who had been charged ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Judiciary; Juvenile crime
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Criminal Court Drops Charges Against Mubarak (Dec. 10, 2014) by George Sadek

On November 29, 2014, the Cairo Court of Appeal dismissed all charges against former President Hosni Mubarak and his Minister of the Interior (homeland security), Habib ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Criminal procedure
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Council of Ministers Approves a Draft Law Identifying Terrorist Entities (Dec. 03, 2014) by George Sadek

On November 26, 2014, the Council of Ministers of Egypt approved a draft law regulating the process of identifying individuals, entities, and organizations that are deemed ...

Topic: National security; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Draft Law Banning Publishing of Information Concerning the Armed Forces (Nov. 19, 2014) by George Sadek

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 ...

Topic: Arms control and nonproliferation; Freedom of information; Freedom of speech; Freedom of the press; Internet
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Decree Allowing Armed Forces to Assist Law Enforcement Agencies in Protecting Government and Public Facilities (Nov. 06, 2014) by George Sadek

On October 27, 2014, after approval by the Council of Ministers, the President of Egypt, Abdul Fatah Al SiSi, issued Presidential Decree No. 136 of 2014, ...

Topic: Armed forces and national security; National security
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Law Students Protest Ban on Being Hired as Prosecutors (Oct. 31, 2014) by George Sadek

On October 20, 2014, a group of law students who had been denied positions in Egypt's public prosecution service filed a petition before the country's administrative ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures; Education; Judiciary; Constitution
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Draft Law Regulating the Relationship Between Employees and Employers During Strikes (Oct. 08, 2014) by George Sadek

On October 4, 2014, representatives of Egypt's Ministry of Labor held a number of meetings with representatives of labor unions across the nation to discuss a ...

Topic: Civil rights and liberties; Labor; Labor-management relations
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Presidential Decree Enhances Punishments Against Legal Persons and Individuals Receiving Foreign Funding (Sep. 26, 2014) by George Sadek

On September 21, 2014, President Abdal Fatah al Sisi of Egypt issued Presidential Decree No. 128 of 2014, amending article 78 of the country's Penal Code ...

Topic: Civil rights and liberties; Crime and law enforcement; Human rights
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Magistrate Court Extends Detention of Human Rights Activist (Sep. 09, 2014) by George Sadek

It was reported on September 7, 2014, that the magistrate court of Moharaq Province in Bahrain had extended the detention of human rights activist Maryam al ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Human rights
Jurisdiction: Bahrain

Anti-Terrorism Law Approved (Aug. 27, 2014) by George Sadek

On August 21, 2014, the Prince of the United Arab Emirates approved Law 7-2014 on combating terrorism and terrorist activities. The new law is aimed at ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Arab Emirates

Rape and Sexual Assault Suspects Referred to Criminal Court (Jun. 19, 2014) by George Sadek

On June 12, 2014, Egypt's General Prosecutor ordered the referral of seven individual suspects for trial before the Criminal Court of Cairo, on charges of rape ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Criminal procedure; Sex offenses
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Court Sentences Woman to Death for Converting to Christianity (May. 21, 2014) by George Sadek

On May 15, 2014, a first instance court in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum ruled against a Christian woman and imposed a punishment of 100 lashes ...

Topic: Freedom of religion; Crime and law enforcement; Human rights
Jurisdiction: Sudan

Presidential Decree Amending the Law on Money Laundering to Combat Terrorism (May. 20, 2014) by George Sadek

On May 13, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adly Mansour, issued a decree amending Law No. 80 of 2002 on combating money laundering. The purpose of ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Money laundering; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Petition from Muslim Brotherhood Rejected (May. 12, 2014) by George Sadek

In an official statement issued on May 8, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it does not have jurisdiction over the allegations submitted in ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; International organizations; Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Egypt; International Criminal Court

Parliament Passes New Election Laws (May. 07, 2014) by George Sadek

Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against ...

Topic: Elections and politics; Legislative bodies
Jurisdiction: Tunisia

Ministry Points Out Right of Appeal for Convicted Muslim Brotherhood Members (May. 01, 2014) by George Sadek

The criminal court of Egypt's Al Minya Province recently sentenced the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood organization (the spiritual head of the organization), along with ...

Topic: Capital punishment; Crime and law enforcement; Criminal procedure
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Debate over Right of Interim President to Regulate Parliamentary Elections (Apr. 25, 2014) by George Sadek

There is a current debate in Egypt between two groups of legal scholars on whether the interim President, Adely Mansour, has the authority to issue a ...

Topic: Constitution; Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Council of Ministers Issues Decree Classifying Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization (Apr. 17, 2014) by George Sadek

On April 8, 2014, the Council of Ministers of Egypt issued Decree No. 579-2014, implementing a court decision issued on December 24, 2013, classifying the Muslim ...

Topic: Associations; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Establishment of Commission to Revise Legislation That Might Contradict Islamic Law (Apr. 04, 2014) by George Sadek

In January 2014, the Minister of Justice of Libya issued Decree No. 1958-2013 to establish a commission comprised of legal and religious scholars to ensure the ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Islamic law
Jurisdiction: Libya

Defense Lawyers Try to Appeal Death Sentences for Muslim Brotherhood Defendants (Apr. 02, 2014) by George Sadek

On March 24, 2014, the defense lawyers for 528 members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood who were convicted of various offenses and given the death penalty ...

Topic: Capital punishment; Criminal procedure; Lawyers and legal services
Jurisdiction: Egypt

New Decree Regulating Presidential Elections (Mar. 13, 2014) by George Sadek

On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Three Individuals Sentenced for Posting Signs Saying "No to the New Constitution" (Feb. 27, 2014) by George Sadek

On February 25, 2014, an Egyptian Court of First Instance punished three political activists with three years of imprisonment for posting signs saying "No to the ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Freedom of speech
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Constitution Approved in Popular Referendum (Jan. 30, 2014) by George Sadek

On January 19, 2014, a final draft of the Egyptian Constitution was approved by 98% of voters in a popular referendum. Chief Justice Nabil Saleeb Awadallah, ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Egypt

New Constitution Adopted by National Assembly (Jan. 28, 2014) by George Sadek

On January 27, 2014, the National Assembly of Tunisia approved the final draft of the country's Constitution. Two hundred members of the legislature, exceeding the two-thirds ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Tunisia

Enhancement of Penalties on Crimes Related to Electoral Process (Jan. 17, 2014) by George Sadek

On January 10, 2014, according to news reports, the Egyptian President was expected to approve an amendment to article 49 of Law 73-1956, on the exercise ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

New Law Allows Individuals to Vote at Any Polling Place (Jan. 15, 2014) by George Sadek

On January 6, 2014, the Egyptian President issued Law 8-2014, governing the constitutional referendum process for 2014. According to the newly enacted legislation, Egyptians will not ...

Topic: Constitution; Elections and politics; Voting rights
Jurisdiction: Egypt

President Approves Anti-Protest Law (Dec. 19, 2013) by George Sadek

On November 24, 2013, President Adly Mansour, Egypt's Interim President, approved Law 107-2013, known as the "anti-protest legislation." Law 107-2013 is aimed at regulating peaceful protests ...

Topic: Civil rights and liberties; Protest and dissent
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Draft Law to Regulate the Establishment and Funding of Non-Governmental Organizations (Dec. 19, 2013) by George Sadek

On December 14, 2013, Egypt's Minister of Social Services announced that his Ministry had finished drafting legislation concerning the funding and establishment of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) ...

Topic: Nongovernmental organizations
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Court of Appeals Reinstates the Former General Prosecutor (Mar. 28, 2013) by George Sadek

On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Council of Ministers Approves Draft Law Allowing Issuance of Islamic Bonds (Mar. 08, 2013) by George Sadek

On February 27, 2013, the Egyptian Council of Ministers approved a draft law allowing the issuance by the government of Islamic bonds, known as "sukuk." The ...

Topic: Economics and Public Finance
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Supreme Constitutional Court Declares Draft Election Law Unconstitutional (Feb. 20, 2013) by George Sadek

On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

New Law Imposes Sanctions on Online Demands for Regime Change (Nov. 19, 2012) by George Sadek

On November 13, 2012, the United Arab Emirates amended Federal Law 2-2006 on electronic crimes. The amended legislation includes provisions that punish anyone convicted of using ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: United Arab Emirates

Government Decides to Postpone Implementation of Real Property Tax Law (Nov. 09, 2012) by George Sadek

On November 4, 2012, Egypt's Ministry of Finance decided to postpone the implementation of the real property ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Judges Oppose Bill on Reorganization of Judiciary (Nov. 06, 2012) by George Sadek

On October 17, 2012, a number of Libyan judges announced their objection to a bill on the reorganization of the judiciary, which had been previously referred ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: Libya

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls for Abolition of Anti-Terrorism Law (Nov. 06, 2012) by George Sadek

On October 28, 2012, the organization Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb issued a statement demanding that the ruling Al Nahda Islamic Party of Tunisia abolish ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Tunisia

Court Blocks Internet Access to Anti-Islam Film (Oct. 01, 2012) by George Sadek

In an effort to prohibit online access to the anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims," which was produced in the

Topic: Freedom of speech
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Parliament Approves Law on Online Publications (Sep. 18, 2012) by George Sadek

On September 11, 2012, the Jordanian National Assembly approved legislation to regulate Internet publications. The new law is designed to standardize the process of launching news ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Jordan

Royal Decree Amends Provisions on Constitutional Court (Aug. 22, 2012) by George Sadek

On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Bahrain

Newly Elected Constituent Assembly Appoints a Chairman (Aug. 20, 2012) by George Sadek

On August 10, 2012, members of the elected Constituent Assembly voted to make Mohammed Al Moqrif its new Chairman. Al Moqrif announced that the Assembly will ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: Libya

Vote on Final Draft of Constitution Scheduled for April 2013 (Aug. 16, 2012) by George Sadek

On August 14, 2012, the El Nahda Islamic Party of Tunisia announced that the final draft of the country's new Constitution will be submitted for a ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Tunisia

President Issues New Constitutional Declaration (Aug. 15, 2012) by George Sadek

On August 12, 2012, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issued a new constitutional declaration, repealing the June 2012 Declaration issued by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Court Decision Dissolves a Well-Known Shi'ite Non-Governmental Organization (Aug. 02, 2012) by George Sadek

On July 9, 2012, the Court of First Instance of Bahrain issued a decision dissolving "The Islamic Work Association," considered to be one of the best ...

Topic: Non-governmental organizations
Jurisdiction: Bahrain

Draft Law to Punish Individuals Who Use Social Media to Attack Islam (Aug. 01, 2012) by George Sadek

On July 15, 2012, the Shura Council, also known as the Consultative Assembly, a body that advises the King of Saudi Arabia on legislative matters, announced ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Family Court Permits Divorce of a Couple Based on Husband's Smoking Habit (Jul. 19, 2012) by George Sadek

On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Draft Law to Create Special Court for Crimes Related to the Revolution (Jul. 19, 2012) by George Sadek

On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Tunisia

Parliamentary Elections Held; Assembly to Draft Laws During Transition (Jul. 13, 2012) by George Sadek

On July 8, 2012, despite the violence plaguing cities in eastern Libya, the country's Supreme Electoral Commission announced that it will begin publishing the results of ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: Libya

Council of Ministers Approves Several Laws Regulating Real Estate Mortgage System (Jul. 12, 2012) by George Sadek

On July 2, 2012, the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia approved five laws organizing the lending process, loan purchase and sale transactions, ...

Topic: Property
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Presidential Decree Reinstates the Dissolved Parliament, Court Invalidates Decree (Jul. 12, 2012) by George Sadek

On July 8, 2012, Egypt's recently elected President Muhammed Morsi issued Decree No. 11-2012 to restore the Parliament, which had been dissolved by a previous decision ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Supreme Constitutional Court Dissolves Parliament (Jun. 28, 2012) by George Sadek

On June 25, 2012, the Kuwaiti Cabinet resigned after the Supreme Constitutional Court dissolved the current parliament and reinstated the previous one. (The Kuwaiti Cabinet ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: Kuwait

Supreme Council of Armed Forces Issues a New Supplementary Constitutional Declaration (Jun. 25, 2012) by George Sadek

On June 16, 2012, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued a supplementary constitutional declaration amending provisions of the constitutional declaration of 2011. The ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Supreme Constitutional Court Decision Dissolves One-Third of the Parliament (Jun. 18, 2012) by George Sadek

On June 13, 2012, the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court declared two recently drafted laws unconstitutional. The court ruled that paragraph 1 of article 6 of Law ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Former President Convicted of Attempted Murder (Jun. 14, 2012) by George Sadek

In June 2012, the Military Court of Tunisia found former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali guilty in absentia of inciting violence and attempted murder. The court ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Tunisia

Public Prosecution Detains ICC Defense Team for 45 Days (Jun. 14, 2012) by George Sadek

On June 11, 2012, Libyan prosecutorial authorities detained the defense team assigned by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to defend Saif al Islam, the son of ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Libya

Former President Mubarak Sentenced to Life in Prison (Jun. 07, 2012) by George Sadek

On June 2, 2012, the Criminal Court of Egypt sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison. The same sentence was meted out to the ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Administrative Court Suspends Presidential Elections and Its Decision is Appealed (May. 11, 2012) by George Sadek

On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Draft Law Enhancing Punishment for the Crime of Torture Approved (May. 10, 2012) by George Sadek

On May 7, 2012, the Legislative Committee of Egypt's People's Assembly approved the amendment of specific provisions on the crime of torture in the country's penal ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Egypt

New Law to Allow Prime Minister to Select Political Appointees (May. 10, 2012) by George Sadek

On May 8, 2012, the Moroccan Parliament approved a new law that grants the Prime Minister the right to hire the vast majority of public officials ...

Topic: Executive power
Jurisdiction: Morocco

President Extends the State of Emergency (May. 08, 2012) by George Sadek

On May 5, 2012, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki extended the execution of the State of Emergency Law throughout the country until July 2012. The previous extension ...

Topic: National security
Jurisdiction: Tunisia

People's Assembly Amends Law of 1996 on Military Judiciary (May. 08, 2012) by George Sadek

On May 6, 2012, the Egyptian People's Assembly approved the abolishment of article 6 of the Law on the Military Judiciary. This article allowed the President ...

Topic: Armed forces and national security
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Supreme Electoral Commission Disqualifies Ten Candidates from Presidential Race (Apr. 24, 2012) by George Sadek

On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Presidential Candidate Files Lawsuit to Prove That His Mother Is Not an American Citizen (Apr. 17, 2012) by George Sadek

On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Law Drafted to Ban Members of Mubarak's Regime from Running in Presidential Race (Apr. 16, 2012) by George Sadek

On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Administrative Judicial Court Suspends the Constitutional Panel (Apr. 16, 2012) by George Sadek

On April 10, 2012, the Egyptian Administrative Judicial Court issued a decision suspending the constitutional panel. The suspended panel included 100 members, half of whom were ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Move to Criminalize Normalization of Relations with Israel in the New Penal Code (Mar. 27, 2012) by George Sadek

Some political factions have demanded that the ruling Islamic party in Tunisia, al Nahdah, should insert a provision in the country's penal code criminalizing the act ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Tunisia

Government Rejects Draft Law on the Impeachment of the President (Mar. 27, 2012) by George Sadek

On March 21, 2012, the Assistant Minister of Justice in the current cabinet rejected the draft law submitted by Members of Parliament on the impeachment of ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Supreme Council of Armed Forces Approves Provisions Amending Presidential Election Law (Feb. 01, 2012) by George Sadek

On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Political Figures Criticize Draft Election Law (Jan. 12, 2012) by George Sadek

On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Libya

Law Criminalizing the Creation of Political Parties Repealed (Jan. 12, 2012) by George Sadek

On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Libya

Lawsuit Seeks to Allow Detained Blogger to Vote in Parliamentary Election (Dec. 20, 2011) by George Sadek

On December 8, 2011, blogger Alaa Abd al Fattah filed a lawsuit before an administrative court in Egypt against the Ministers of the Interior and of ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Supreme Council for Armed Forces Approves Anti-Discrimination Law (Nov. 01, 2011) by George Sadek

On October 15, 2011, the head of the Egyptian Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 126-2011, amending the Penal Code (Law 58-1937). The ...

Topic: Discrimination
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Council of Ministers Approves Draft Law on Combating Corruption and Money Laundering (Oct. 04, 2011) by George Sadek

On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Kuwait

King Overturns a Woman's Lashing Sentence (Oct. 04, 2011) by George Sadek

On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Proceedings in Mubarak Trial Televised Live (Aug. 08, 2011) by George Sadek

On August 3, 2011, the Criminal Court of Cairo began the public trial for former President Hosni Mubarak, along with both of his sons. Mubarak was ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Bill Proposed to Allow New Political Parties (Aug. 02, 2011) by George Sadek

On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Syria

Former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and His Wife Found Guilty (Jun. 27, 2011) by George Sadek

On June 10, 2011, a Tunisian court sentenced former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife, in absentia, to 35 years in prison. They were ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Tunisia

Women Seek Participation in Upcoming Municipal Elections (Apr. 22, 2011) by George Sadek

In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

The Municipality Election (Apr. 18, 2011) by George Sadek

On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Sponsorship System for Foreign Workers Will Not Be Abolished (Jan. 25, 2011) by George Sadek

On January 21, 2011, the Minister of Labor of Saudi Arabia announced that the government has no intention of abolishing the sponsorship system in the Kingdom. ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Supreme Administrative Court Rules Parliamentary Elections Void (Dec. 21, 2010) by George Sadek

On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Law Banning Microphones Attached to Mosques Is Enforced (Nov. 19, 2010) by George Sadek

On October 21, 2010, the Bahraini Ministry of Homeland Security began enforcing a royal decree issued in 1999 that bans the use of all types of ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Bahrain

Appellate Court Rejects DNA Results That Contradict Shari'a Rules of Evidence (Oct. 20, 2010) by George Sadek

In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Three Arabs Accused of Human Trafficking in Dubai (Aug. 25, 2010) by George Sadek

On August 18, 2010, the Criminal Court of Dubai tried three individuals from Egypt, Morocco, and Lebanon for smuggling Moroccan women into Dubai to work as ...

Topic: Human trafficking
Jurisdiction: United Arab Emirates

Royal Decree Limits Authority to Issue Fatwas (Aug. 25, 2010) by George Sadek

In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

New Family Law for Christians to Be Drafted Following Contentious Court Decision (Jun. 29, 2010) by George Sadek

On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Bill Targets Human Rights Activists and Local NGOs (May. 18, 2010) by George Sadek

It was reported on April 2, 2010, that a bill targeting human rights activists as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be discussed by the People's ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Shura Council Prohibits Liquor Consumption by Muslims but Allows It for Non-Muslims (May. 18, 2010) by George Sadek

On April 30, 2010, the Committee of Foreign Affairs and National Security of the Shura Council (legislature) of Bahrain approved a new provision as an amendment ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Bahrain

Administrative Court Prohibits Christians from Visiting Churches in Jerusalem (Mar. 24, 2010) by George Sadek

On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Bill to Amend the Family Law Adds Provision on Electronic Divorces (Mar. 24, 2010) by George Sadek

On February 2, 2010, Jordan's Ministry of Justice, in pending legislation to amend the law on family matters, added a new provision on divorce via cell ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Jordan

Law on Public-Private Partnership to Develop Infrastructure Being Discussed (Jan. 04, 2010) by George Sadek

On November 14, 2009, Egypt's Council of Ministers discussed new legislation on creating a long-term partnership agreement between the private sector and the Egyptian government. The ...

Topic: Economics and Public Finance
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Royal Decree Overturns Court Decision Against Female Journalist (Dec. 04, 2009) by George Sadek

On October 26, 2009, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree abolishing a criminal court sentence of 60 lashes and a two-year travel ban ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Council of Ministers Blocks All Websites Deemed in Violation of Islamic Sharia'a (Aug. 20, 2009) by George Sadek

On August 3, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Iraq issued a decision to create a committee to look into means to identify and block all ...

Topic: Freedom of speech
Jurisdiction: Iraq

Court Approves Seizure of Newspapers Evaluating King's Performance (Aug. 20, 2009) by George Sadek

On August 4, 2009, the Ministry of Internal Security of Morocco confiscated two weekly newspapers, TELQUEL and NICHANE, for publishing opinion polls about the King of ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: Morocco

Woman Tried Under Sudanese Criminal Code for Wearing Pants (Aug. 20, 2009) by George Sadek

It was recently reported in the Saudi Arabian press that a Sudanese woman faces 40 lashes for wearing pants in public. The woman, who works as ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Sudan

Measures Taken to Combat Bird and Swine Flu (May. 26, 2009) by George Sadek

In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Ministry of Justice Provides Marriage Certificate to Stateless Woman (Apr. 27, 2009) by George Sadek

On March 25, 2009, for the first time in Kuwait, a personal status court issued a decision compelling the Ministry of Justice to provide a marriage ...

Topic: Citizenship and nationality
Jurisdiction: Kuwait

Resolution Passed to Assist Children Suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (Mar. 16, 2009) by George Sadek

The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Expansion of Rights to Practice Law Recommended (Feb. 13, 2009) by George Sadek

On January 27, 2009, Qatar's Shura Council, an appointed body that evaluates proposed legislation, reviewed new amendments to article 4 of Law 23-2006 on the right ...

Topic: Lawyers and legal services
Jurisdiction: Qatar

Parliament Approves Status-of-Forces Agreement (Jan. 07, 2009) by George Sadek

On November 27, 2008, the Iraqi Parliament approved the Status-of-Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States. SOFA calls for the withdrawal of the American forces from ...

Topic: War
Jurisdiction: Iraq; United States

Parliament Approves Article 50 of the Provincial Election Law (Nov. 20, 2008) by George Sadek

On November 4, 2008, the Iraqi Parliament approved article 50 of the Provincial Election Law, on seats for religious minorities on provincial councils. Through the reinstatement ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Iraq

The Presidential Council Approves the Provincial Election Law (Oct. 22, 2008) by George Sadek

On September 24, 2008, the Iraqi Presidential Council signed the amended Provincial Election Law into law after a parliamentary debate on the legislation that resulted in ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Iraq

U.S. Forces and the Iraqi Government Succeed in Implementing the General Amnesty Law (Sep. 25, 2008) by George Sadek

Since the enactment of the General Amnesty Law on March 3, 2008, by the Iraqi Parliament, the United States forces in Iraq began the process of ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Iraq

HNDBC Allows More Former Members of the Baath Party to Rejoin Civil Service (Sep. 10, 2008) by George Sadek

On August 20, 2008, as part of the implementation of the Accountability and Justice Law, originally enacted on February 14, 2008, the Higher National De-Baathification Commission ...

Topic: Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Iraq