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Macau: ID Card Scan and Facial Recognition Required for Mainland Bank Card Holders Using ATMs

(May 11, 2017) On May 7, 2017, the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China announced that “know your customer” (KYC) technology will be installed in automated teller machines (ATMs) in the city, in particular those in and near casinos.  Holders of UnionPay cards issued by mainland China […]

Macau: Animal Protection Law Passed

(Aug. 12, 2016) On July 4, 2016, the Legislative Assembly of the Macau Special Administrative Region of China (Macau SAR) passed its first-ever Animal Protection Law. The Law was published in the Macau official gazette on July 25 and will take effect on September 1 of this year. (動物保護法/Lei de protecção dos animais, Law No. […]

Macao/WTO: Ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement

(Apr. 18, 2016) On April 11, 2016, Macao, China deposited with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat its instrument of acceptance of the new WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the 72nd WTO Member State to ratify the Agreement.  The TFA will enter into force upon ratification by two-thirds of the WTO Member States, or […]

Macau: U.N. Recommendations for Universal Voting Rights and Human Rights Monitoring in Response to First Human Rights Report

(Apr. 10, 2013) On March 27, 2013, the Human Rights Committee (the Committee) of the United Nations, based in Geneva, made public its concluding observations on the human rights report submitted to the Committee by Macau’s government, the first such report from Macau since its return to China. The U.N. body listed what it viewed […]

Macau; U.N. Human Rights Council: Activist to File Complaint

(Feb. 27, 2013) On February 21, 2013, Jason Chao was arrested by the police in Macau, together with activists protesting outside a building in which Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, was expected. Chao stated that he was not directly part of […]

Macau: Press and Broadcasting Laws to Be Revised

(June 10, 2010) On June 3, 2010, the government of Macau announced that the 20-year old Press Law and Broadcasting Law of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) would be revised in the next few years. (Law No. 7, Aug. 6, 1990, BOLETIM OFICIAL No. 32, 1990, available at & Law No. 9, Sept. […]

Macau: Law on Exchange of Information on Tax Matters

(Dec. 8, 2009) The Legislative Assembly of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China approved domestic legislation on rules and regulations governing the exchange of information on financial matters pursuant to international tax agreements, such as double taxation conventions and tax information exchange agreements, on August 11, 2009. The Law […]

Macau: Smoking Ban in Public Places to Be Adopted

(June 5, 2009) The Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China plans to amend its legislation on tobacco control to ban smoking indoors in all public facilities. According to the Director of the Health Bureau, speaking on May 31, 2009, on the occasion of Macau's “World No Tobacco Day” campaign, Decree-Law No. […]

Macau: National Security Bill Passed

(Mar. 10, 2009) On February 25, 2009, the legislature of the Macao Special Administrative Region of China passed the National Security Bill; it was promulgated March 2 and effective the next day. It covers acts of sedition, secession, subversion, and treason against the central government of the People's Republic of China (PRC). The Region has […]