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Burundi/East African Court of Justice: Case Brought on President’s Legitimacy

(June 16, 2016) On June 13, 2016, it was announced that the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), which is located in Arusha, Tanzania, will hear a case on the legitimacy of the President of Burundi’s third run for office. (Burundi: East African Court of Justice to Hear Case Against Burundi President’s Legitimacy, BBC WORLD […]

Malaysia: Legislative Proposal to Use Hudud in Penal Code

(June 2, 2016) On May 26, 2016, draft legislation that would incorporate Islamic criminal law in the country’s Penal Code was proposed in Malaysia’s Parliament by Abdul Hadi Awang, the head of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, an opposition political group, with support from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. The legislation, due to be debated this […]

Kenya: Law on Registration of Out-of-Wedlock Children Ruled Unconstitutional

(May 27, 2016) On May 26, 2016, the Kenyan High Court found unconstitutional a provision in the Birth and Death Registration Act banning the inclusion in an out-of-wedlock child’s birth certificate of the name of the child’s putative father without his consent.  (Kids Born Out of Wedlock to Have Father’s Name in Birth Certificate – […]

Vanuatu: Amendments to Reserve Seats in Parliament for Women to Be Introduced

(May 27, 2016) On May 20, 2016, the Vanuatu Minister of Justice, Ronald Warsal, stated in a radio interview that the government would introduce a bill that would reserve a certain number of seats for women in the Parliament.  (Michael Walsh, Vanuatu Paves Way for Women’s Seats in Parliament, ABC NEWS (May 20, 2016).)  The […]

Turkey: Constitutional Amendment Adopted to Allow Certain Legislators to Be Stripped of Immunity

(May 25, 2016) On May 20, 2016, the Grand National Assembly (parliament, GNA) of Turkey voted in favor of a draft constitutional amendment, sponsored by the 316-seat ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP, Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi), that would strip almost 140 Members of Parliament of their privilege of immunity from prosecution. (Turkish Parliament Controversially […]

Germany: Federal Constitutional Court Declares Terrorism Legislation Partially Unconstitutional

(May 3, 2016) On April 20, 2016, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) ruled that the Act on the Federal Criminal Police Office was partially unconstitutional, because various provisions that deal with the investigative powers of the Federal Criminal Police Office for fighting international terrorism were not proportional. The Court criticized the legal requirements […]

Australia/Papua New Guinea: Supreme Court Rules Asylum-Seeker Detention Is Unconstitutional

(May 2, 2016) On April 26, 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruled that the detention of asylum seekers at a facility on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, which was established under an arrangement with Australia, is a breach of their right to personal liberty under the Papua New Guinea Constitution. (Namah v Pato [2016] […]

Indonesia: Constitutional Amendment to Be Considered

(Apr. 19, 2016) Indonesia’s People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR in Indonesian usage) is considering amending the country’s Constitution, which was first adopted on August 18, 1945, at the time of Indonesia’s independence from the Netherlands. The Constitution has already been amended four times: in October 1999, August 2000, November 2001, and August 2002.  (MPR Mulls Fifth […]

Cambodia: Opposition Legislator Arrested on Charges of Incitement

(Apr. 14, 2016) On April 10, 2016, Cambodian authorities arrested Um Sam An, an opposition legislator. He had been critical of the way the government had determined the border of Cambodia with neighboring Vietnam. His arrest in Siem Reap province, shortly after he returned from a trip to the United States, was announced by Khieu […]

Botswana: Highest Court Rules Government Must Register Gay Rights Advocacy Group

(Mar. 29, 2016) In a unanimous decision on March 16, 2016, the Botswana Court of Appeal, the highest court in the country, upheld a 2014 High Court ruling that found unconstitutional a decision of the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs refusing to register the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) as a society, and […]