October 3, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Friday praised a ruling by Turkey's Constitutional Court that decreases the power of the country's telecommunications authority TIB to block websites and monitor internet users. The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Thursday ruled ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued a report Wednesday endorsing the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance program before a final meeting to discuss and vote on the release of the report. The report contained the results of a study the board conducted on how the ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Kyle Webster
Whether or not programs like New York's Stop-Question,-and-Frisk (SQF) are within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution is the primary challenge facing such programs. Similar programs, that have faced similar challenges and criticisms, exist in Newark, Philadelphia, and other cities. These ...[read more]
November 20, 2013
by Max Slater
Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that a proposal by the ruling Puea Thai party to amend the constitution to make the nation's senate fully elected is illegal. The court held that Thailand's parliament did not follow proper procedures for amending the constitution, saying that ...[read more]
October 23, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the National Assembly of Vietnam to bring the country's constitution in line with international human rights standards in a letter sent Monday to Assembly chairman, Nguyen Sinh Hung. The National Assembly, Vietnam's legislative body, opened a draft constitution to ...[read more]
September 18, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed concern on Wednesday over recent changes to the Hungarian constitution, highlighting a lack of resolve over issues surrounding weakened human rights protections in the country. After voting to adopt the amendments on Monday, HRW called the changes "largely ...[read more]
August 30, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
State secretary at the Justice Ministry of Hungary Robert Repassy announced on Thursday that the government is proposing new constitutional amendments to reduce criticism over its 2012 constitutional amendments. Repassy stated that the amendments would contain new rules on the recognition of ...[read more]
June 19, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged the Hungarian government to revoke constitutional amendments that have recently come under fire for undermining the country's constitutional justice and for threatening the independence of the country's judiciary. Pillay's call to ...[read more]
May 13, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On May 13, 2010, the upper house of the Kazakhstan Parliament passed a constitutional amendment granting significant additional powers to President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The lower house of Parliament had approved the amendment the day before. The amendment would have extended significant ...[read more]
May 8, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On May 8, 2012, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage, bringing the number of states with constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage to thirty-one. Since then, Maine, Maryland and Washington have voted to legalize same-sex marriage. In April ...[read more]

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