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June 3, 2016

EU delivers official warning to Polish government. The European Commission delivered an official warning to the Polish government Wednesday, asserting that recent curbings of the country's judicial branch constitute a breach of the rule of law and a "systemic threat" to fundamental EU values. The Polish government, which claims the EU is blackmailing Poland to compel the country to accept more Syrian refugees, has two weeks to respond.
Ivory Coast president seeks new constitution. On Tuesday, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara announced the creation of a committee to draft a new constitution that omits the current nationality requirements for the presidency. The requirements, which mandate that both parents of the president be native Ivorians and that the president hold no foreign citizenship, helped set off a decade-long civil war in which former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to recognize Ouattara's legitimacy.
Thai Ombudsman challenges constitutionality of referendum law. On Wednesday, the Thai Ombudsman's office asked the Constitutional Court to evaluate whether a law that bans criticism of the draft constitution prior to an upcoming referendum infringes on free speech rights. The law, which establishes a jail sentence of up to 10 years for anyone who campaigns ahead of the referendum, has fueled the military junta's increasing repression of dissent.
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