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    Mercosur; Venezuela: Venezuela Joins Trade Bloc (Aug. 3, 2012) On July 4, 2006, Venezuela signed the adhesion protocol to Mercosur, which established a four-year term for full incorporation into the economic bloc. (Mercosul, Venezuela Consolida Participação, VEJA ON-LINE (July 5, 2006).) Six years later, on July 31, 2012, Venezuela was officially admitted to full membership in the Mercosur trade bloc, formed […]
    • Contributor: Soares, Eduardo
    • Date: 2012-08-03
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    Mexico: Foreign Minister Announces Repatriation Agreement with Venezuela On March 21, 2024, Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena announced that Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had reached an agreement aimed at assisting Venezuelan migrants currently residing in Mexico to opt for voluntary repatriation to Venezuela.Under the terms of this initiative, known as the “Vuelta a la Patria” (Return to … Continue reading “Mexico: Foreign Minister Announces Repatriation Agreement...
    • Contributor: Guerra, Gustavo
    • Date: 2024-04-30
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    Venezuela: New Law Bans Some Internet Content (Dec. 30, 2010) On December 20, 2010, after less than a week of consideration and with the support of the ruling party, Venezuela's National Assembly adopted the Law on the Social Responsibility of Radio, Television, and Electronic Media (Ley de Responsabilidad Social en Radio, Televisión, y Medios Electrónicos [in Spanish], National Assembly website, http://www.asambleanacional.gob.ve/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=2771&tmpl=component&format=raw&Itemid=185&lang=es (last […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-12-30
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    Venezuela: Consolidation of Administrative Powers in Executive Branch (July 27, 2009) A new law issued on March 17, 2009, amends Venezuela's Organic Law on the Decentralization, Delimitation, and Transference of Competencies of the Public Power that was published on August 14, 2003. The amendments allow the transference of powers previously within the realm of the states to the executive branch for the administration […]
    • Contributor: Figueroa, Dante
    • Date: 2009-07-27
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    Venezuela: Twitter Users Arrested on Charges of Spreading Rumors (July 14, 2010) Two individuals charged with “the dissemination over the social network Twitter of false rumors for the purpose of destabilizing the national banking system…and causing runs on banks,” were arrested on July 8, 2010, in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, by officers of the Scientific, Penal, and Criminalistics Investigations Corps (CICPC). (Venezuela: Two Detained for […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2010-07-14
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    Colombia: Registration of Venezuelan Nationals for Legal Immigration Status Begins (May 13, 2021) On May 5, 2021, the Colombian government began the first phase of registering Venezuelan citizens under the Temporary Statute of Protection for Venezuelan Migrants (TSPVM), which was adopted under Decreto 216/2021 of March 1, 2021. According to Migración Colombia, the Colombian government agency in charge of immigration, about 54% of Venezuelans in […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2021-05-13
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    Venezuela: Congress Approves Constitutional Reforms Proposed by the President (Nov. 2, 2007) On October 23, 2007, the National Assembly of Venezuela approved an increase in powers for the president of the republic as part of a constitutional reform in progress. Among the new presidential powers included in the reform, are the following: To create or suppress federal provinces, federal territories, federal cities, operational districts, […]
    • Contributor: Mac&iacute - As, Francisco
    • Date: 2007-11-02
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    United Nations; Venezuela: Alarm over Purported Draft Media Law (Aug. 18, 2009) On August 10, 2009, Frank La Rue, who has served since August 2008 as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, expressed concern about a proposed Venezuelan media law that “could be used as a tool for political intimidation” through […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-08-18
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    Venezuela: Prohibition of Use of Cellular Phones and Internet by Inmates (Aug. 25, 2016) The Venezeulan Congress recently passed the Law Regulating the Use of Cellular Phones and the Internet Inside Penitentiaries, prohibiting the use of cellular phones and the Internet in prisons. The Law imposes a penalty of three to five years of imprisonment on anyone who introduces cellular phones or Internet-ready devices in prisons. […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2016-08-25
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    Venezuela: President of the National Assembly Cites Constitutional Basis for Assuming Office the Presidency on an Interim Basis (Jan. 31, 2019) On January 23, 2019, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, declared that he was assuming the office of the presidency on an interim basis on the basis of article 233 of the Venezuelan Constitution. (CONSTITUTION OF BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA [CV], Dec. 30, 1999, as amended, art. 233 (in Spanish).) […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2019-01-31
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    United States: Department of Justice Announces Charges Against Russian and Venezuelan Nationals Under Task Force KleptoCapture Initiative On October 19, 2022, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York unsealed an indictment charging five Russian and two Venezuelan nationals with the illegal sale of U.S. military goods and technology to Russia to support its war with Ukraine. The case, United States v. Orekhav, et al., involves the company … Continue reading “United States: Department of Justice Announces...
    • Contributor: Myers, Louis
    • Date: 2022-11-07
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    South America: Bank of the South (Nov. 2, 2007) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela have agreed to create a regional development bank based on a proposal of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in order to improve regional trade and growth with their own resources. The Presidents of the seven countries inaugurated the Bank of the South (Banco del Sur) […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2007-11-02
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    Mercosur: Protocol for Accession of Bolivia Approved (Aug. 18, 2015) On July 17, 2015, at the Mercosur summit in Brasilia, the member countries, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela, signed a new protocol for Bolivia’s accession to the organization (Mercado Común del Sur). A previous accession protocol for Bolivia had already been signed by the other four Member States in 2012, when […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2015-08-18
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    Cuba: The Cienfuegos Oil Refinery Will Be Inaugurated in December 2007 (Nov. 2, 2007) On November 7, 2007, Rafael Ramírez, the Venezuelan Minister of the People's Power for Energy and Petroleum asserted that by December of 2007 the Cienfuegos Oil Refinery of Cuba would be inaugurated. The notice was confirmed during the signing of the 2007-2009 Collective-Bargaining Agreement and notice was also given concerning the respective […]
    • Contributor: Mac&iacute - As, Francisco
    • Date: 2007-11-02
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    Honduras: President Signs ALBA Agreement (Sept. 11, 2008) On August 26, 2008, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales signed an agreement making Honduras a member of the international cooperation organization ALBA, whose acronym in English stands for the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas or the Bolivarian Alternative for the People of Our America. Currently the member states of […]
    • Contributor: Mac&iacute - As, Francisco
    • Date: 2008-09-11
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    Nicaragua: New Decree Authorizes Entry of Foreign Military Personnel, Vessels, and Aircraft for Humanitarian Action On June 1, 2023, a decree issued by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on May 29, 2023, allowing humanitarian assistance and military exchanges in the second half of 2023 entered into force. (Presidential Decree No. 05-2023, Diario Oficial [D.O.], June 1, 2023.) The decree, which contains a comprehensive plan for the entry of foreign military personnel, … Continue reading “Nicaragua: New Decree Authorizes Entry of...
    • Contributor: Goitom, Hanibal
    • Date: 2023-10-17
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    Israel; Mercosur: Free Trade Agreement Signed (Feb. 2, 2008) Following negotiations that began in 2005, on December 18, 2007, in Montevideo, Uruguay, the member states of MERCOSUR, the trade bloc that comprises Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, signed a trade agreement with Israel, the first non-Latin American country to sign this type of agreement with the bloc. Besides Israel, MERCOSUR has […]
    • Contributor: Soares, Eduardo
    • Date: 2008-02-02
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    European Union: Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime Enters into Force (Jan. 12, 2021) On December 7, 2020, the European Union (EU) enacted its Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime to hold perpetrators of serious human rights violations and abuses accountable. The sanctions regime enables the EU to implement targeted restrictive measures no matter who is responsible for the respective infringements or where they occur. The EU […]
    • Contributor: Gesley, Jenny
    • Date: 2021-01-12
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    World Bank: Timor-Leste, Mexico Ranked Top Tax Reformers (Nov. 27, 2009) According to PAYING TAXES 2010: THE GLOBAL PICTURE (the fifth year of the “paying taxes” series), jointly issued by the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on November 20, 2009, tax payment was simplified in 45 of 183 economies surveyed for the period June 2, 2008 – June 1, […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-11-27
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    Colombia: COVID-19 Health Emergency Extended until July 1, 2020 (June 9, 2020) On May 28, 2020, the president of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, issued Decree No. 749 of May 28, 2020, extending the health emergency previously declared because of the COVID-19 pandemic and ordering a mandatory preventive quarantine regime to remain in effect from June 1, 2020, to July 1, 2020. To ensure the […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2020-06-09
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    Malaysia: Court Decision on Review of Pardon Petitions (Jan. 25, 2017) On January 18, 2017, the Malaysian Court of Appeal ruled that the question of whether or not a rejection of a petition for a royal pardon can be appealed should be considered by a higher court. Anwar Ibrahim, a currently imprisoned opposition leader, can now petition the Federal Court to determine if […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2017-01-25
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    Panama: Withdrawal from Central American Parliament (Dec. 3, 2010) On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 que deroga las leyes que aprueban los instrumentos internacionales relativos al Parlamento Centroamericano, 26425 GACETA OFICIAL […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2010-12-03
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    United States: Appeals Court Rules Property Claims out of Early 20th Century Acts of Genocide Do Not Satisfy Jurisdictional Requirements in Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (Feb. 5, 2021) On September 24, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision dismissing a complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), 28 U.S.C. § 1602 et seq. (Rukoru v. Federal Republic of Germany, No. 19-609 (2d Cir. Sept. 24, […]
    • Contributor: Myers, Louis
    • Date: 2021-02-05
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    International: WTO Considers Waiving Certain Intellectual Property Protections for the Prevention, Containment, and Treatment of COVID-19 (Mar. 24, 2021) At a meeting on March 10-11, 2021, the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Council (TRIPS Council) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) continued its consideration of a waiver from the implementation, application, and enforcement of several sections of the TRIPS Agreement in relation to the prevention, containment, and treatment of COVID-19. […]
    • Contributor: Boomer, Elizabeth
    • Date: 2021-03-24
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    Global Legal Monitor - December 2006 Law Library of Congress GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR December 2006 ISSUE 6 G.L.M. 2006 Featured Topics: Attorneys and Judges | Communications and Electronic Information | Criminal Law | Education Elections and Politics | Employment Law | Energy | Environmental Law | Gender Equality Government Organization | Health Law & Regulation | Human Rights | Immigration and Nationality Law | International Relations | Property Law |...
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