Legal News



Legal Highlights (13 June 2017 – 16 June 2017)   

The Pathology Laboratory Act 2007 implementation urged The Pathology Laboratory Act 2007, which was passed 10 years ago in order to ensure laboratory testing services meet standards, has been urged to be implemented soon in order to stop indiscriminate and unnecessary blood screening tests.
(Source: STAR) 

Five new regulations for e-hailing operators The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has imposed five new regulations (“the Regulations”) for operators of e-hailing services in order to ensure better safety for its passengers. The Regulations include the requirement for e-hailing operators to submit records of their drivers to SPAD for background checks, the implementation of the panic button on their applications, adopting a more comprehensive profiling process of their drivers, and submitting a monthly update of drivers blocked by operators due to traffic, services and behavioural-related offences.
(Source: NST) 

Colombia: First three-man marriage legally recognized A polyamorous family with inheritance rights consisting of three men has been legally recognised in Colombia. Colombia is the fourth South American country to definitely legalise same-sex marriage based on a ruling by the constitutional court in April 2016.

Pakistan: Death penalty for Facebook post A man accused of posting blasphemous content on Facebook about the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and companions – an act deemed offensive by Muslims, has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan. It is believed that this is the first time the death penalty has been conferred for cases relating to social media.
(Source: BBC) 

Japan: Anti-conspiracy bill Japan has enacted a law, ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, which pre-emptively punishes the organised planning of 277 different crimes from terrorism, drug trafficking, to copyright violation. The law goes against Japan’s criminal legal system which charges a suspect after a crime has been committed. Concerns have been raised worldwide on the effect the law would have on civil liberties.