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News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

April 27, 2017

Turkish court rejects challenge to referendum. Following a ruling by Turkey’s highest administrative court asserting that it lacks jurisdiction to review the results of last week’s constitutional referendum, opposition parties have announced plans to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to ignore any ruling from the European court.
Irish citizen committee recommends abortion amendment. The Irish parliament will consider scheduling a referendum for early next year on amendments to the country’s constitutional prohibition of abortion, following advice from an advisory Citizens’ Assembly. The Assembly, which was convened by the government to provide recommendations on the issue, voted overwhelmingly in favor of changing the constitutional provision that restricts abortion access.
Indigenous group sues Brazil over land rights. The Xucuru, a group of indigenous Brazilians, is suing the Brazilian government at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights over the government’s failure to demarcate and protect the Xucuru’s traditional homelands, as required by the country's constitution. This is the first time that Brazil will answer for alleged indigenous rights violations at an international court; the government could be forced to pay damages if it loses the case.
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