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November 18, 2016

Colombian government, FARC announce new peace deal. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced Saturday that the Colombian government has agreed to a revised peace treaty with the FARC. The deal, which would use FARC’s assets to fund victim compensation while still retaining rebel immunity and political representation, could be approved by Santos’ comfortable congressional majority or could proceed to a second public referendum.
Singapore amends constitution to ensure minority presidency. Last Wednesday, Singapore’s parliament overwhelmingly voted to amend the country’s constitution to guarantee representation of minorities in the presidency. As a result of the amendment, next year's presidential election will be reserved for Malay candidates; the country has not had a Malay president for over 46 years.
Ugandan court ruling paves way for private discrimination suits. Last Thursday, Uganda’s Constitutional Court struck a provision of the Equal Opportunities Commission Act which restricted the Equal Opportunities Commission from investigating claims involving “immoral” behavior. The ruling allows LGBTI individuals to bring employment, tenant, and other discrimination suits to the commission, and some hope it foreshadows future rights protections from the court.
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