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17 April, 2014

Johannesburg, 17 April – Lesotho’s highest court today struck a serious blow against women’s rights and gender equality by upholding a discriminatory section of the Chieftainship Act, which denies daughters the right to succeed to chieftainship solely due to their gender. “This is a dark day for women in Lesotho. …» Read More


Lesotho: Women’s right to chieftainship

15 May, 2013

On 17 April 2014, the Court of Appeal upheld section 10 of the Chieftainship Act of 1968 which denies all daughters the right to succeed to chieftainship. The case was brought by Senate Masupha, the first-born child of a chief. She argues that denying her the ability to succeed to …» Read More

14 April, 2014

February 2014:Two articles, written by Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu, were published in The Nation magazine, criticising the Swazi judiciary and the Chief Justice, Michael Ramodibedi. 17 March 2014: Maseko was arrested and charged with contempt of court. Maseko was detained overnight, and was not allowed access to his legal …» Read More


  • Read the Ct of Appeal judgment here: ,
  • : Dark day for women's rights in Lesotho as highest court upholds discriminatory Chieftainship Act: ,
  • : Lesotho Ct of Appeal upholds law denying women ability to succeed to chieftainship. We will link to judgment soon.,
  • Adv Madasa, clerk of the Pan African Parliament explains that the PAP was established to give African citizens a voice,
  • Fritz: it is misleading to speak about a rule of law crisis in Swaziland, as the issue is that there is simply NO rule of law,

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