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October 1, 2015

Nepal government prepares to address concerns over new constitution.  As Madhesi groups continue to protest the new constitution, the government of Nepal is preparing to introduce amendments to the document to address their concerns. The amendments would address the rights and political representation of marginalized groups by amending provisions on the right to social justice, the constitution of the House of Representatives, and the Constituency Delimitation Commission.
Germany translates constitution into Arabic for refugees. In an effort to help incoming refugees integrate, Germany has printed the first 20 articles of its constitution, which outline basic rights, in Arabic. The country, which is now expected to take in an estimated 80,000 asylum seekers, has printed 10,000 copies of the Arabic-language provisions for distribution at refugee registration centers. The full text of the German constitution is available in Arabic on Constitute.
Catalan separatists win majority in regional elections. On Sunday, secessionist parties won a majority of seats in Catalonia's regional parliament, prompting acting government head Artur Mas to proclaim that a democratic mandate now exists to pursue independence. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called the independence movement unconstitutional and vowed to block separatist efforts in court.
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