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January 29, 2016

Tamils want devolution of power in new Sri Lankan constitution. As the Sri Lankan government begins work on a new constitution, Tamils are demanding that the new charter provide for devolution of power to give Tamil regions greater autonomy. The government's proposals include measures for power devolution, but some claim these provisions are not ambitious enough as the Sinhala majority will still be able to override Tamil interests at the federal level.
Top French court sustains Hollande's state of emergency. On Wednesday, the Conseil d'État denied an appeal to suspend French President François Hollande's state of emergency, siding against the Paris-based Human Rights League. The ruling follows criticism from UN human rights experts who claim that the government's emergency measures, particularly house searches and public gathering bans, unduly restrict fundamental rights.
Ukrainian parliament postpones vote on constitutional reforms. As Ukrainian politicians continue to clash over the constitutional reforms required by the Minsk agreements, the country's parliament passed legislation that effectively postpones the vote on President Petro Poroshenko's proposed reforms. While Poroshenko claims that failure to approve his decentralization measures could reignite conflict with Russia, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called for a popular referendum on a new constitution.

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