Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

October 12, 2017

Kuwaiti court strikes mandatory DNA registration. Last Thursday, the Constitutional Court of Kuwait struck a requirement that all citizens, residents, and visitors of Kuwait register their DNA in a database. The court held that the requirement, which was the first of its kind in the world, violated constitutional guarantees of personal liberty.
Trump administration weakens birth control mandate. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that employers may opt out of providing insurance coverage for contraceptives on moral or religious grounds. The administration contends that the current mandate imposes a substantial burden on religious beliefs, but the ACLU calls the new rules “blatantly unconstitutional.”
Malaysian government bans books. The Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs has banned 22 books that allegedly threaten public order, despite the country’s constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression. The banned books include materials that satirize the government, as well as essays about the relationship between Islam and the constitution.
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