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CDC removes power council, ethics assembly

Jul 01. 2015
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By THE NATION

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IN ITS fifth day of deliberation, the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) yesterday removed provisions for the setting up of a civil council to examine state power and an ethics assembly from the draft charter.
It went through more than 10 articles concerning civil rights in various matters such as consumer rights and rights to natural resources and the environment. The CDC also accepted in principle rights concerning public property.
The CDC maintained the clause preserving the right to jointly examine state power that may have impacts on livelihoods, but removed the clause concerning the right to jointly develop national strategic plans, as proposed by the Cabinet, as this would obstruct the work of the administration. 
An unprecedented move was the inclusion of a strategic environmental assessment, which was addressed in this constitution for the first time, and the clause concerning it was well maintained. 
The environmental and health impact assessment was further assured with independent, impartial and academic-based principles.
The CDC also accepted in principle the right to access and protect public property, as proposed by some members of the National Reform Council. It also assured consumer rights and impartial consumer protection organisations. 

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