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January 14, 2016

Nepal seeks to implement constitution despite opposition. Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa is seeking international support to implement his country's new constitution, despite ongoing dissent from several groups within Nepal. Some Christians argue that the document does not truly provide religious freedom, while ethnic minorities continue to take issue with provisions which establish greater proportional representation and fewer sub-national units.
European Union to investigate recent changes to Polish laws. Following legislative changes that enable Poland's conservative Law and Justice government to select heads of public media networks and choose judges for the Constitutional Court, the European Union has announced that it will investigate whether these policies violate the rule of law. If Poland does not comply with the recommendations that emerge from the investigation, the European Council could ultimately suspend Poland's EU voting rights.
Draft Thai constitution to give government greater control over media. Thailand's Constitution Drafting Committee has announced plans to expand the government's media censorship power in the latest draft constitution, authorizing censorship during "unusual situations" like the street protests of 2014. The draft document will also declare orbital slots and broadcasting satellites as national assets which "must serve the utmost public interest and national security."
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