Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

May 25, 2018

Pakistan set to afford full rights to persons in northwestern regions. Yesterday, Pakistan’s lower house approved a constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights to individuals living in the country’s northwestern tribal areas. The amendment, which is expected to pass the upper house today, would rescind the colonial-era laws that limit the rights and freedoms of the region’s inhabitants.
Accessing Trump’s tweets is a constitutional right, court rules. On Wednesday, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the First Amendment prevents President Donald Trump from blocking individuals on Twitter. Finding that the president acts in his official capacity on Twitter, the court held that an individual who is blocked has been denied access to a “designated public forum.”
Burundi votes to extend presidential term limits. On Monday, the Burundi electoral commission announced that over 73% of voters approved a referendum to extend presidential term limits, opening the door for President Pierre Nkurunziza to serve through 2034. Opposition groups have appealed the results of the vote, which France and the United States have condemned as marred by voter intimidation.
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