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Bahrain MPs call for enforcement of anti-hate crime laws

Anti-hate crime laws already on the books in Bahrain need to be better enforced, according to a group of prominent MPs. The legislators were responding to Shura Council member Darwish Al Mannai, who recently called for a new law b

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Kuwait urged to amend mandatory DNA test law

A new Kuwaiti law imposing mandatory DNA tests on citizens and foreigners violates the right to personal privacy and should be amended, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday. Parliament endorsed the law in early July, less than

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Hate crimes law urged in Bahrain

A Shura Council member  in Bahrain has appealed to His Majesty King Hamad to enact an urgent law banning hate crimes, discrimination and contempt of religions. “We are in a dire need of such a legislation as the region

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Bahrain issues new law to protect children, mentally ill

Bahrain has a new law that will protect children or mentally ill people from danger or abuse. His Majesty King Hamad yesterday (July 8) issued the law amending article 320 of the penal code dating back to 1976, said a report in th

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New legislations in Qatar in focus of OBG report

The raft of new legislations being introduced in Qatar, with a view to enable the country’s National Vision 2030, will be the focus of a report by the global publishing firm Oxford Business Group (OBG). The new Commercial Co

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New fishing law planned in Bahrain

A new comprehensive law to organise all aspects of the fishing industry will be drawn up by the Bahrain government. MPs yesterday (June 30) made more than 50 recommendations for the law, which would officially recognise the indust

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Kuwait passes law to regulate domestic helpers

Kuwait’s parliament has unanimously passed the first-ever legislation to regulate the status of thousands of mainly Asian domestic helpers. The new law grants the 600,000 domestic helpers in Kuwait a 12-hour working day, a d

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Fruit imports law implementation delayed in Bahrain

The implementation of a 12-year-old law on fruit and vegetable imports that has never been properly enforced has been delayed until after Ramadan. Under the law, which was enacted in 2003, importers are obliged to provide the auth

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Tougher rape laws vow in Bahrain

Bahraini MPs are studying a proposal to introduce tougher punishments against rapists, including life sentences. Members of parliament's legislative and legal affairs committee met yesterday (May 27) to discuss the amendment t

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Qatar tax laws in spotlight at Bahrain seminar

Many businesses and high net worth individuals in Bahrain choose to set up branches or invest in nearby Qatar, taking advantage of the wealth of opportunities that the high GDP country has to offer. Qatar has streamlined its regul

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