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March 9, 2017

Nepali police kill three protesters as conflict over constitution continues. On Monday, Nepali police killed three people at a political rally after Madhesi activists clashed with the Unified Marxist-Leninist party, an opposition party which opposes a constitutional amendment aimed at addressing Madhesi demands. Protesters shut down most businesses in the southern half of the country on Tuesday in response to the killings, and Amnesty International has demanded an investigation.
Bahrain amends constitution to allow military trials for civilians. On Sunday, Bahrain’s parliament approved a constitutional amendment allowing civilians to be tried in military courts. The amendment is part of the government’s ongoing reversal of post-Arab Spring reforms, and it comes as Bahrain faces increasing scrutiny for its human rights record.
Zimbabwe limits corporal punishment for children. Last week, the Zimbabwe High Court ruled that using corporal punishment on children, whether in the home or at school, violates children’s constitutional rights. The decision must be confirmed by the Constitutional Court, which previously postponed consideration of the issue indefinitely.
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