Comments on legislation and policy

In this page, the UN Special Rapporteur shares all comments provided by the mandate to States on national laws, regulations and policies.

See below a list of letters concerning national norms sent by the UN special rapporteur.

  • Sri Lanka
    09 December 2021 - Update on the action in process to review and bring the 'Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No. 48 of 1979 as amended by Act No. 10 of 1982' [hereinafter 'PTA'] published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2218/68 on 12 March 2021 in line with international norms and standards within a time bound process.
    LKA 7/2021
    Government's replies: 10 Dec 2021, 11 Dec 2021
  • Brazil
    15 June 2021 - Comments on Senate Bill No. 272/2016, which seeks to reinstate provisions in Brazil's Anti-Terrorism Law (Law No. 13.260/2016, approved on 16 March 2016) and Draft Bill No. 1595/2019, which also amends prior legislation (Laws No. 10,257, of July 10, 2001, and No. 9,807, of July 13, 1999).
    BRA 6/2021
    Government's reply: 18 Jun 2021
  • Netherlands
    9 March 2021 – Comments on the Bill on Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure to criminalize residence in an area controlled by a terrorist organization.
    OL NLD 2/2021
  • Belarus
    8 March 2021 - Comments and suggestions on the Law No. 14-Z of 13 May 2020 which amends Law No. 165-З of 30 June 2014 on "actions to be taken to prevent legitimization of the proceeds of crime and the financing of terrorism and financing the weapons of mass destruction proliferation" and the Decree Nº 153-1 issued by the Ministry of Justice on 7 November 2020 on "information about the activities of public associations and foundations".
    OL BLR 2/2021
    Government’s reply: 17 May 2021
  • Turkey
    11 February 2021 - Comments on Law No. 7262 on Preventing Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction which entered into force on 31 December 2020
    OL TUR 3/2021
    Government’s reply: 16 April 2021
  • Saudi Arabia
    17 December 2020 - Comments on the 2017 Law on Combating Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing, which was recently amended on 19 June 2020
    OL SAU 12/2020
  • Nicaragua
    13 November 2020 - Comments on the Law on the Regulation of Foreign Agents and the Special Law on Cybercrime, recently approved by the National Assembly (Comentarios sobre la Ley de Regulación de Agentes Extranjeros y la Ley Especial de Ciberdelitos, aprobadas recientemente por la Asamblea Nacional.
    OL NIC 3/2020 
  • United Arab Emirates
    13 November 2020 - Comments and suggestions on the 2014 Law No. 7 On Combatting Terrorism Offences (Law 7) which abrogated Federal Decree-Law no. 1/2004.
    OL ARE 6/2020
  • France
    12 November 2020 - Comments and suggestions on the Draft Law No. 3452 on Global Security dated 20 October 2020 ("Commentaires et suggestions à propos de la proposition de loi n° 3452 relative à la sécurité globale datant du 20 octobre 2020").
    OL FRA 4/2020
  • European Union
    3 November 2020 – Comments on the new draft ‘Regulation on preventing the dissemination of Terrorism Content Online’, proposed by the Presidency of the Council of the EU.
    OL OTH 73/2020
  • Burkina Faso
    18 September 2020 – Comments on Law N°044-20191 (Commentaires à propos de la "Loi N°044-20191 qui modifie le Code pénal du Burkina Faso")
    OL BFA 2/2020
  • China
    1 September 2020  Comments on The Law of the People’s Republic  of  China  on  Safeguarding  National   Security   in  the  Hong  Kong Special Administrative  Region  (“National Security  Law”)
    OL CHN 17/2020
    Government’s reply: 30 October 2020
  • Turkey
    26 August 2020 - Comments on the Anti-Terror Law No. 3713 (“Anti-Terror Law”) and the amendments made to this law and the Penal Code through Law No. 7145, adopted on 31 July 2018
    OL TUR 13/2020
    Government’s reply: 22 October 2020
  • Peru
    22 July 2020 – Comments on Decree Law No. 25475, which establishes the penalties for terrorist offences and the procedures for police investigation, investigation and trial (Decreto Ley No. 25475 “Ley que establece la penalidad para los delitos de terrorismo y los procedimientos para la investigación, la instrucción y el juicio”, Proyecto de Ley 470/1/2019-PE, Proyecto de Ley 411/2018 y Proyecto de Ley 04852/2020-CR)
    OL PER 3/2020
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    22 July 2020 – Comments on the ‘Counter Terrorism and Sentencing Bill’
    OL GBR 7/2020
    Government reply: 12 October 2020
  • France
    24 June 2020 – Comment on the draft law on security measures that may be ordered against perpetrators of terrorist offences amending Title XV of Book IV of the Code of Criminal Procedure (proposition de loi sur les « Mesures de sûreté pouvant être ordonnées à l’encontre des auteurs d’infractions terroristes » portant modification du titre XV du livre IV du code de procédure pénale)
    OL FRA 2/2020
  • China
    19 June 2020 - Comments on the Decision of the National People's Congress on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
    OL CHN 13/2020
  • Switzerland
    26 May 2020 - Comments on the proposed Anti-Terrorism Police Measures Law (Commentaires à propos du projet de loi intitulé "Loi fédérale sur les mesures policières de lutte contre le terrorisme") -
    OL CHE 1/2020
    Government reply: 2 July 2020
  • India
    6 May 2020 – Comments to the Unlawful Activities Amendment Act 2019 and the 1967 Unlawful Activities Prevention Act
    OL IND 7/2020
  • Kyrgyzstan
    6 May 2020- Comments on the proposed law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Countering Terrorism
    OL KGZ 3/2020
    Government reply: 16 June 2020
  • Cambodia
    9 April 2020 - Draft Law on the Management of the Nation during the State of Emergency
    OL KHM 1/2020
    Government reply: 16 April 2020
  • Sri Lanka
    8 April 2020 - Comments and suggestions on the circular by the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka providing standard guidance on the autopsy practice and the disposal of COVID-19 related dead body.
    OL LKA 2/2020

  • Egypt
    Amendments to the Terrorist Entities Law (Law 8 of 2015) and the Anti-Terrorism Law, (Law 94 of 2015), approved by the Parliament’s Legislative Committee on 10 February 2020; effect and application of The Right to Public Meetings, Processions and Peaceful Demonstrations Law No. 107/2013; the Law no.70/2017 on Associations and Other Foundations Working in the Field of Civil; and Law No. 149/2019
    OL EGY 4/2020
    Government’s reply: 8 April 2020
  • China
    1 November 2019 - Counter-Terrorism Law of the People’s Republic of China and its Regional Implementing Measures, the 2016 Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Implementing Measures - OL CHN 18/2019
    Government reply: - 16 December 2019
  • Tunisia
    26 August 2019 - Proposed Draft Law No 91-2018 to alter Tunisia’s emergency powers legislation – OL TUN 4/2019
    Government’s repy – 18 November 2019
  • Ethiopia
    19 June 2019 – A Proclamation to Provide for the Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism 2019 - OL ETH 3/2019
  • Sri Lanka
    26 February 2019 - Comments and suggestions on the adoption of national legislation to repeal and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act of 1978. - OL LKA 1/2019
  • United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
    7 December 2018 – Comments on the Madrid Guiding Principles, scheduled on 13 December 2018. OTH 72/2018
  • European Union
    7 December 2018 – Comments on the Proposal for a Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online to complement Directive 2017/541 on combating terrorism. OTH 71/2018
  • Sri Lanka
    26 October 2018 - Comments and suggestions on the counter-terrorism draft legislation - OL LKA 5/2018
  • Facebook
    21 July 2018 – Comments on Facebook’s definition of terrorism and terrorist organizations and on certain aspects of its policies governing access to and use of its platform and services OTH 46/2018
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    17 July 2018 – Comments on the draft Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill, which was under consideration of the UK’s House of Commons OL GBR 7/2018
    Government reply:- 7 September 2018
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    7 July 2018 – Comments on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - OL GBR 6/2018
    Government reply:- 7 September 2018
  • Australia
    15 February 2018 - Comments on the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017 - OL AUS 2/2018