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Sweden: Former Ambassador Charged with “Arbitrariness During Negotiations with a Foreign Power”

(Dec. 27, 2019) On December 9, 2019, the Swedish prosecutor charged former ambassador to China, Anna Lindstedt, with “arbitrariness during negotiations with a foreign power” (egenmäktighet vid förhandling med främmande makt), for conducting secret negotiations, without prior authorization from the Swedish Foreign Ministry, with parties that represented the Chinese government’s interest in relation to the […]

Egypt: New Law Enacted Regulating Activities of Nongovernmental Organizations

(Sept. 11, 2019) On August 19, 2019, Egyptian president Abdu Al-Fatah Al-Sisi ratified Law No. 149 of 2019 on activities of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Repealing the controversial Law No. 70 of 2017, which defenders of human rights and civil society in Egypt feared would practically ban NGOs from carrying out their work and “eliminate civil […]

Italy: Expansion of Urban DASPO Measures and Powers to Dissolve Provincial and City Councils in Cases of Mafia Infiltration Ruled Unconstitutional

(Sept. 6, 2019) On July 24, 2019, the Italian Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional article 21-bis, paragraph 2(a) of Decree-Law No. 113 of October 4, 2018 (D.L. No. 113), thereby invalidating the expansion of urban DASPOs to protect public decorum and safety on the grounds that such expansion violates the constitutional right to health. (Decision No. […]

Lebanon: Government Undertakes National Anticorruption Campaign

(June 24, 2019) On March 13, 2019, in a response to media and social network reports of ongoing major corruption investigations of judges and lawyers, Lebanon’s minister of justice, Albert Sarhan, confirmed to the National News Agency that he is coordinating and keeping abreast of these investigations aimed at rooting out corruption in the judiciary […]

Germany: Government Proposes Loss of German Citizenship for Foreign Fighters with Dual Citizenship

(May 20, 2019) On May 3, 2019, the press services of the German Bundestag (parliament) reported that the German government had submitted a draft act to amend the rules on German citizenship so that foreign fighters with dual citizenship would automatically lose their German citizenship. (Press Release, German Bundestag, Loss of German Citizenship (May 3, 2019), […]

Egypt: President Ratifies Anti-Cybercrime Law

(Oct. 5, 2018) In August 2018, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ratified Law No. 175 of 2018, the “Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes” law. (Law No. 175 of 2018, AL-JARIDAH AL- RASMIYAH [OFFICIAL GAZETTE], vol. 32 (bis) (c), 14 Aug. 2018 (in Arabic).) The newly enacted law, published in the Official Gazette on August 19, […]

Egypt: Female Tourist Convicted of Spreading False Rumors That Damage Country’s Reputation

(Sept. 12, 2018) In July 2018, the Cairo Misdemeanor Court found a Lebanese female tourist, Mona el-Mazbouh, guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors against Egypt that damage the country’s reputation. The court had initially sentenced the defendant to 11 years in prison before reducing the sentence later on the same day to eight years of […]

Australia: Bills Containing New Espionage, Foreign Interference Offenses, and Establishing Foreign Agent Registry Enacted

(Aug. 21, 2018) On June 28, 2018, the Australian Parliament passed the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018 (Cth) (the Bill). (National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018, Parliament of Australia website; National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018 (Cth), Federal Register of Legislation website.) The Bill […]

Brazil: Eleven Indicted for Helping Terrorist Group Islamic State

(May 30, 2018) On May 17, 2018, the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (Ministério Público Federal, MPF) indicted (denunciou) 11 Brazilian citizens for the formation of a criminal organization and promotion of the terrorist group Islamic State. (MPF Denuncia 11 Brasileiros por Promover Estado Islâmico, ISTO E (May 17, 2018).) According to the newspaper O Estado […]

Egypt: Parliamentary Committee Approves Anti-cybercrime Draft Law

(May 7, 2018) On April 16, 2018, the Communications and Information Technology Committee of the Egyptian Parliament (Council of Representatives) approved a draft law submitted by the Prime Minister’s cabinet to combat cybercrime. (Khalid Hassan, Egypt’s Parliament Moves Forward on Anti-Cybercrime Law, AL-MONITOR (Apr. 19, 2018).) Text of the Draft Law Article 2 of the […]