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EU lifts Yellow Card for Thailand

BANGKOK, Jan 9 (NNT) - The European Union (EU) formally announced the lifting of a yellow card for Thailand in recognition of the substantive progress Thailand has made in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing since 2015.

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Malaysia, Singapore work out Arrangements for Talks to settle Disputes

SINGAPORE, Jan 8 (Bernama) - Malaysia and Singapore today agreed for both sides to immediately and simultaneously suspend Malaysia's permanent restricted area over Pasir Gudang and Singapore’s implementation of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedure for Seletar Airport. Both the suspensions are for a period of one month in the fir ...
Date: 08 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Vietnam becomes Member of UN Commission on International Trade Law

New York, Dec 18 (VNA) - Vietnam has for the first time become a member of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), singing up for a six-year term.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

VN reviews Legal Framework for Ratification of ILO Convention 98

HCM CITY, Dec 6 - Việt Nam is reviewing the legal framework for the ratification of the ILO Convention 98 on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Viet Nam News

NLA approves ILO Convention for Fishing Sector

BANGKOK, Nov 30 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has approved an international convention related to work in the fishing sector.
Date: 30 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Participating Countries agree to conclude RCEP Negotiations Next Year

SINGAPORE, Nov 15 (ANTARA News) - Heads of State of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) participants-ASEAN Member States and ASEAN`s free trade agreement partners -- Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand -- agreed to conclude RCEP negotiations in 2019.
Date: 15 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

ASEAN agreed on a Single Negotiating draft to resolve SCS Dispute

SINGAPORE, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - The members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed on a single negotiating text draft of the Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea (SCS), as an effort to resolve dispute in the region. The statement was made by Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi after attending the 18th ASEAN Pol ...
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Cabinet yet to discuss ICERD Ratification - Wan Azizah

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 5 (Bernama) - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail says Cabinet has yet to discuss the move to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Malaysia's Judicial Mechanism in UN Security Council to take Rohingya Crisis to Next Level

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 (Bernama) - Malaysia is taking the plight of the Rohingyas to the next level following its proposal to the United Nations (UN) Security Council to establish an international judicial mechanism against those responsible for the atrocities in Myanmar, says a scholar.
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Indonesia promotes IAEA's Nuclear Program for Peaceful Purposes

London, Sept 20 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia continues to promote technical cooperation programs developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Date: 20 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

PH accedes to Apostille Convention

MANILA, Sept 16 (PNA) - The Philippine government acceded to an international convention that allows the country to issue a security certificate called "Apostille", which simplifies the authentication of public documents to be used abroad.
Date: 16 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Tokyo Convention (Amendment) Act 2018

This Act seeks to amend the Tokyo Convention Act and to make related amendments to certain other Acts.
Date: 12 September 2018; Type: Federal Amendment Act; Citation: No. 32; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Tokyo Convention (Amendment) Act 2018 (Commencement) Notification 2018

The Tokyo Convention (Amendment) Act 2018, except sections 6 and 7, comes into operation on 15 September 2018.
Date: 12 September 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 562; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Government to sign Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

The government has sought parliament’s approval for the country to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Judges rule ICC has Jurisdiction over alleged Muslim Deportations

Judges at the International Criminal Court have ruled that the court has jurisdiction to investigate widespread allegations that Myanmar forces have driven thousands of Muslims from their homes in northern Rakhine State.
Date: 07 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Indonesia promotes IAEA's Nuclear Program for Peaceful Purposes

London, Sept 20 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia continues to promote technical cooperation programs developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Cabinet yet to discuss ICERD Ratification - Wan Azizah

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 5 (Bernama) - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail says Cabinet has yet to discuss the move to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discriminat ...

Malaysia's Judicial Mechanism in UN Security Council to take Rohingya Crisis to Next Level Suhakam wants Malaysia to ratify Six Human Rights Conventions - Waytha Moorthy World Triathlon Corporation v SRS Sports Centre Sdn Bhd more

Government to sign Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

The government has sought parliament’s approval for the country to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Judges rule ICC has Jurisdiction over alleged Muslim Deportations Government rejects ICC Jurisdiction on Northern Rakhine Case more

PH accedes to Apostille Convention

MANILA, Sept 16 (PNA) - The Philippine government acceded to an international convention that allows the country to issue a security certificate called "Apostille", which simplifies the authentication of public documents ...

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EU lifts Yellow Card for Thailand

BANGKOK, Jan 9 (NNT) - The European Union (EU) formally announced the lifting of a yellow card for Thailand in recognition of the substantive progress Thailand has made in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IU ...

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Judge unconvinced by Rapist’s Excuse

A supreme Court judge labelled a 72-year-old man’s excuse that police threats were the reason he confessed to raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province in 2013 as “unreasonable”.

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Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - Businesses needing to make payments to the Customs Department can now do so through online banking.

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January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

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White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (BERNAMA) - The Ministry of Defence will table a White Paper on Defence which will detail the tasks and roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces, said Defence Deputy Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.

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Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.

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Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

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Pay the Minimum Wage or face Legal Action, Employers told

Employers in Laos will be subject to legal action if authorities discover they are failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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