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Niger: Reporters Without Borders Seeks Journalist’s Release

(Nov. 2, 2007) Moussa Kaka, director of the private Radio Saraounia and a correspondent in Niger of Radio France Internationale (RFI) and of the international, nonprofit, journalist rights organization Reporters Without Borders, was arrested on September 20, 2007, and is being held in detention. Kaka may be charged with breaching national security and his arrest […]

United Nations; Vietnam: Non-Permanent Security Council Member Status

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 16, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly voted almost unanimously (183 out of 190 votes) in favor of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam becoming a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council for the 2008-2009 term. Libya, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, and Croatia were also elected to serve a two-year […]

Benin: Military Service Law

(Nov. 2, 2007) The legislature of Benin passed the Law on Public Interest Military Service on September 20, 2007, thereby enabling the government to put into effect its plan for the national mobilization of youth for the country's development. The Law prescribes that every Beninese youth between the ages of 18 and 35 is subject […]

China: No Foreign On-Site Export Control Investigation

(Nov. 2, 2007) On September 11, 2007, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) issued a public announcement to reiterate that without the MOC's approval, "no enterprise or public institution registered in China shall promise to accept or accept any on-site interview or investigation concerning export control carried out by representatives of foreign governments." (Public Announcement No. […]

Indonesia: New Company Law

(Nov. 2, 2007) According to the INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL LAW REVIEW, in August 2007 a new Company Law (Law 40/2007), on limited liability companies, was signed into law in Indonesia. The Law prescribes that the takeover or acquisition of a controlling interest in a privately-held Indonesian company must now be approved by the shareholders and published […]

Vietnam: Pharmaceutical Price Controls

(Nov. 2, 2007) On September 7, 2007, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) issued a decree on new regulations aimed at stabilizing rising drug prices in the country. Heretofore, the means of enforcing SRV price controls has been mandatory reporting of prices to the state Drug Administration and posting […]