Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

January 26, 2018

South African court strikes down protest regulation. On Wednesday, South Africa’s Western Cape High Court invalidated parts of the apartheid-era Gatherings Act, which criminalized participation in unpermitted protests consisting of 15 or more persons. Declaring that the law unconstitutionally limits the freedom to protest, the court set aside the convictions of 10 protesters charged under the law.
Venezuela to hold presidential election in April. On Tuesday, Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly voted to hold presidential elections by April 30, and President Nicolas Maduro announced he will seek re-election. Maduro has already said that Venezuela’s main opposition parties, which do not recognize the validity of the Constituent Assembly, will be barred from running in the election.
Costa Rican bureaucracy claims same-sex marriage not legal yet. Costa Rican notaries have announced that they will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and a subsequent directive by Costa Rica’s president that same-sex marriage should be recognized. The notaries contend that same-sex marriage, which is not recognized by Costa Rican law, cannot be legitimate unless the legislature or courts annul the existing laws.
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