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Citizens of Ireland voted on Friday to adopt the Thirty-Sixth Amendment [text, pdf] of the Constitution, thereby repealing the Eighth Amendment’s [text] ban on abortion. The referendum vote passed [the Guardian, report] 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent, with 64.1 percent voter turnout.The Amendment will allow the Oireachtas [official website], Ireland’s legislature, “provide for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.” In March, the Minister of Health Deputy Simon Harris in opening debate in the Seanad said: I recognise the deeply held...
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Here’s the international legal news we covered this week: Pakistan’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, passed a Constitutional amendment [text, PDF] Thursday that merges a region known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province along Pakistan’s northwest Afghanistan border. The move extends a number of political, administrative, and human rights reforms to the FATA, and extends jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Peshawar High Court as well. [more] Amnesty International...
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Here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week: Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems filed several multi-billion euro complaints in courts around Europe against Google (Android), Facebook, and two Facebook subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram [complaints, PDF] Friday—the same day as EU data protection laws, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) [official website], went into effect. Combined, the lawsuits seek to fine a total 6.7 billion euro (€3.9 billion against Facebook, €3.7 billion against Google), or around USD $8.8...
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Pakistan’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, passed a Constitutional amendment [text, PDF] Thursday that merges a region known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province along Pakistan’s northwest Afghanistan border. The move extends a number of political, administrative, and human rights reforms to the FATA, and extends jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Peshawar High Court as well. According to a UN Development Program report [text, PDF] the FATA rank...
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Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Thursday accusing the Nigerian military of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during its fight against Islamic insurgency Boko Haram. The 89-page report [AI report], which is based on hundreds of interviews, gives accounts of abuses including rape, torching villages and indiscriminate killings. With the support of the US, Great Britain and France, Nigeria has fought against Boko Haram and its more powerful off shoot, Islamic State West...
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