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May 26, 2017

Indigenous Australians call for substantive constitutional reform. Following a three-day meeting at Uluru, Indigenous Australian leaders have called for substantive constitutional reforms, including the establishment of an Indigenous representative body, rather than mere constitutional recognition. The meeting was organized by Australia's Referendum Council, an advisory body created by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten to guide the government toward a constitutional referendum on indigenous recognition.
Prime Minister of Japan renews call to end prohibition on military. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has renewed his call to amend Japan’s constitutional provision that limits the establishment and use of offensive military forces, asking his ruling Liberal Democratic Party to present specific language by the end of the year. Abe will need to find support among opposition parties in the Upper House in order to gain legislative approval for the amendments, which would then go before the public in a national referendum.
Syrian groups agree to constitutional consultations. Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, announced on Monday that all parties in the Syrian conflict have agreed to participate in preliminary constitutional talks. Syrian parties will meet with constitutional experts for “technical consultations,” which the UN hopes will help lay the groundwork for a Syrian-drafted constitution.
 
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