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5 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday urged [UN News Centre report] African leaders to avoid using loopholes and undemocratic constitutional changes to "cling to power." In his address at the twenty-sixth African Union [official website] Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ban stated, "Leaders should never use undemocratic … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Thailand published a draft of its twentieth constitution on Friday amid concerns that it would be insufficient in resolving long-running troubles and that it may contribute to a weak civilian government under the sway of the military. The draft constitution [Reuters report] is intended to replace the one scrapped in … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thirteen non-government organizations on Saturday issued a joint statement to the Egyptian parliament, giving recommendations to make certain the enforcement of constitutional and human rights. The call comes during a time of continuing national and regional security concerns in the nation. A major recommendation in the statement [Daily News … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Ashley Hogan

Venezuela's National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] swore in [press release, in Spanish] three opposition deputies on Tuesday despite a Supreme Court ruling that barred [JURIST report] the induction of the elected lawmakers. The ruling suspended four elected lawmakers for alleged election fraud in the December 6 elections. The elections … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

A Ukrainian official said Tuesday that the nation plans to sue Russia in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on claims of financing terrorism. The claims surround the Russian annexation of Donbas and Crimea. Pavlo Petrenko, the Justice Minister for the Ukraine [official website, in Ukrainian], told press … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Voters in Slovenia on Sunday rejected a law [results, in Slovenian] that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. The measure was defeated by a large margin [CNN report], with more than 63 percent of voters rejecting the legislation, although voter turnout was only about 36 percent. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Approximately six million Rwandans on Saturday approved a referendum [Al Jazeera report] by a vote of 98% to amend Article 101 of the Rwanda constitution [text] which states the president may only serve two seven-year terms. The referendum [Telegraph report] will allow President Paul Kagame [offiical profile] to serve … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Citizens of the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder] voted this week on a constitutional referendum intended to bring stability to the nation. According to partial results released Thursday, amendments to the constitution to create a senate, allow for freedom of religion and disincentivize political disruptiveness passed with ease, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

Although hostilities have significantly declined in Ukraine, "serious human rights concerns persist," the UN said [press release] Wednesday in a new report [text, DOC]. The UN attributes this decrease in hostility to the August 26 ceasefire [Reuters report], as certain weapons were withdrawn. However, civilians are still reportedly at risk … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Armenian Electoral Commission [official website, Armenian] on Monday announced [Asbarez report] that Armenia's constitution will be amended as a result of Sunday's referendum. However, opposition MP's and independent European observers have alleged serious irregularities [BBC report] in the voting process, stating that fraud was a possibility. MP's from … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Ecuador's National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday passed a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, beginning in 2021. The 16 constitutional amendments were approved in a vote of 100-8 in a legislature where sitting President Rafael Correa's political party, Alianza Pais [party website, in Spanish], has a two-thirds … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website] on Wednesday declared unconstitutional [decision, PDF, in Spanish] a resolution by the Parliament of Catalonia [official website, in Catalan] that proposed a plan for the region's independence from Spain by 2017. The resolution was approved [JURIST report] by Catalonian lawmakers in November, and … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that a proposed provision [HRW report] in Thailand's constitution would permit the nation's military to commit human rights abuses without fear of punishment in violation of international treaties. A new constitutional provision before Thailand's legislative body, known as the the junta … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] Thailand to immediately close a military detention center in Bangkok where two high-profile inmates have died in the last month. The office also called for the end of military detention facilities being used to hold … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] approved a resolution [press release, in Ukrainian] Thursday that recognizes the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide. On May 18, 1944, under orders from Josef Stalin, more than 180,000 indigenous people were deported from Crimea on the grounds that the Tatar people … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday suspended [press release, PDF, in Spanish] Catalonia's secession resolution following an appeal by the Spanish central government asking the court to review the resolution. Earlier this week the Catalan Parliament passed the resolution to begin secession [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Parliament of Catalan [official website, in Catalan] on Monday approved [press release, in Catalan] a proposed resolution to begin separation from Spain. The measure passed with 72 votes in favor of the resolution and 63 against and established that the Parliament would have a "constituent process, citizen participation" … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

[JURIST] The Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) [party website] on Monday filed a petition of concern [Assembly backgrounder], effectively blocking the region's fifth attempt at legalizing same-sex marriage. The matter came to a vote Monday morning in the Northern Ireland Assembly [official website] and was approved by a 53-52 … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Rwanda's lower house of Parliament [official website] on Thursday voted to extend the term of President Paul Kagame [official website] beyond 2017, a move opposed by the UN and other aid providers. Already in his second term, Kagame may soon be provided an exception to the nation's constitutional rule … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Republic of the Congo's electoral commission announced Tuesday that voters have approved an amendment to the constitution [text, PDF, in French] that would allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his term in office. The amendment, approved by the citizens of the Congo in a referendum Sunday, allows … [read more]

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