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February 19, 2016

Thai military seeks controversial protections in new constitution. Thailand's military junta today asked the Constitution Drafting Committee to extend its power and immunity beyond the election of a new government, claiming that the arrangement is necessary to protect the country from another crisis. Critics fear the measures would pave the way for indefinite military rule.
Polish constitutional crisis draws criticism from human rights commissioner. The top human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe said last week that Poland's Constitutional Tribunal has become paralyzed by recent laws pushed through by the government, warning that the situation threatens the rule of the law and human rights in Poland. The criticism comes amid the European Union's ongoing investigation into whether the Polish government's recent actions violate EU policies. 
Kenya's Jubilee Coalition seeks major constitutional changes. Claiming that 20 percent of Kenya's constitution is "unsuitable," Jubilee Coalition members of parliament plan to propose extensive amendments that would limit judicial tenure, remove electoral gender quotas, and consolidate counties and constituencies. The Jubilee Coalition wants to put all of the amendments before Kenyans in a single referendum question during the August 2017 elections.

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