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September 1, 2016

Egyptian protest restrictions face court challenge. In October, Egypt's constitutional court will review the legality of a law which requires protest organizers to inform the government of all protests three days before their commencement. Critics contend that the restriction on protests is part of a larger effort by the military government to suppress dissent.
French court overturns burkini ban. France's highest administrative court, the Council of State, ruled on Friday that wearing a full-body swimsuit (a "burkini") does not constitute a "proven risk to public order" and, therefore, is a liberty which cannot be curtailed (full text, in French). Former president and current presidential candidate Nicholas Sarkozy has now called for a constitutional amendment banning the swimwear.
Brazil impeaches, removes Rousseff. Yesterday, the Brazilian Senate voted 61-20 to convict Dilma Rousseff of manipulating the federal budget for political gain, removing her from the presidency. Many contend that the vote was primarily a senatorial referendum on government corruption and Rousseff's stewardship of the economy, rather than a legal trial of whether she accurately presented the country's financial situation.
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