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February 23, 2017

Malawi raises the age of adulthood to prevent child marriages. The Malawi Parliament amended its country’s constitution on Tuesday to raise the age of adulthood from 16 to 18. The amendment, which passed with near-unanimous support, closes a loophole that allowed children aged 15 to 18 to marry with parental consent.
South African court blocks withdrawal from ICC. The High Court in Pretoria ruled on Tuesday that South African President Jacob Zuma’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) lacked the constitutionally required parliamentary approval. Zuma’s government, which asserts that its ICC membership deters alleged war criminals from entering South Africa to broker peace deals, could appeal the ruling.
Guatemala considers constitutional recognition of indigenous courts. The Guatemalan Congress is debating whether to constitutionally recognize indigenous justice systems after initially tabling the question. Protesters blocked two major highways this week to pressure lawmakers to recognize indigenous rights by adopting the amendments and by providing access to affordable electricity.
 
 
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