17 Sep 2019 Freedom of Expression, Assembly and Association Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
Media Statement: SALC condemns the abduction and enforced disappearance of Dr Pe...

SALC calls on the Zimbabwean government to urgently determine the whereabouts of Dr Magombeyi and to ensure his safety. Zimbabwean doctors yesterday staged a walkout in protest over this weekend's alleged abduction of Dr Magombeyi, the acting president of the…

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03 Sep 2019 Research Reports & Policy Briefs Tambudzai Gonese
Policy Brief: The Recognition of Customary Marriages In Zimbabwe And The Propose...

The Zimbabwe Marriage Bill,2019 was gazetted and released for public comment on 19 July 2019. The Bill proposes to amend  the law governing marriage in Zimbabwe, in order to  consolidate the different laws and to align the law with the…

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30 Aug 2019 News Anneke Meerkotter
PRESS STATEMENT: ESWATINI HIGH COURT DECLARES DOCTRINE OF MARITAL POWER UNCONSTI...

Eswatini, 30 August 2019 – A full bench of the High Court of Eswatini today held that the common law doctrine of marital power discriminates against married women and offends their constitutional rights to dignity and equality. Marital power refers…

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30 Aug 2019 Ongoing cases Staff Writer
Eswatini: Challenge to the Common Law Marital Power and Marriage Act...

SALC is working with Women and Law in Southern Africa’s Swaziland chapter (WLSA-Swaziland) on a case challenging the common law marital power and the Marriage Act of 1964. Under the common law marital power, a married woman cannot conclude contracts…

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21 Aug 2019 International Criminal Justice Staff Writer
News Release: SALC commends the President of South Africa for withdrawing his si...

The President of the Republic South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has officially withdrawn his signature from the 2014 SADC Protocol which establishes the SADC Tribunal. Notice of the withdrawal can be found in paragraph 20 of the Communique_of_the_39th_SADC_Summit which was held…

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16 Aug 2019 Business and Human Rights Anneke Meerkotter
ESWATINI: DOMESTIC WORK & THE LAW...

The Rights4All Project, under its My Body My Rights Campaign, published a pamphlet setting out the various laws which apply to domestic workers. The pamphlet is a response to the widespread abuse endured by domestic workers in the workplace. The…

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16 Aug 2019 Health Rights Anneke Meerkotter
ESWATINI: SEX WORKERS & THE LAW...

The Rights4All Project, as part of its My Body My Rights Campaign, has produced leaflets on the laws which can be used by sex workers to assert their rights.   See detailed pamphlet here See summary pamphlet here

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15 Aug 2019 Ongoing cases Tambudzai Gonese
Tanzania: Challenging Child Marriage...

SALC is supporting Msichiana Initiative and Rebeca Gyumi in an appeal filed by the state in the Tanzania Court of Appeal against a judgment obtained in 2016. In 2016, Rebeca Gyumi filed a case on behalf of children at the…

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14 Aug 2019 Freedom of Expression, Assembly and Association Staff Writer
Navigating Litigation During Internet Shutdowns in Southern Africa...

  As of 2018, ITU estimated that 51.2% of the global population was using the internet. Much of the recent growth is occurring in Africa, which saw a 20% bump in internet users over the course of 2017. There are…

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05 Aug 2019 News Amanda Shivamba
SALC IN THE NEWS: Constitutional Amendments to Remove Parliamentary Oversight ov...

On the 2nd August 2019, Bloomberg Reported: The government also on Friday presented a bill to parliament that proposes a change to the constitution to remove a clause that gives parliament oversight over government borrowing. While there may still be…

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05 Aug 2019 News Amanda Shivamba
Statement: Organisations warn of potential negative impact of proposed changes t...

  Organizations in the region, as well as internationally, are deeply concerned about the impact the Zambian Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019 may have on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, if adopted. Of particular concern are the amendments made…

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02 Aug 2019 Freedom of Expression, Assembly and Association Amanda Shivamba
Urgent Statement for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Malawi...

The undersigned organisations are deeply concerned with the recent threats made against Human Rights Defenders (HRD’s) in Malawi. Given the current post-election political instability in Malawi, we call on the Malawi Government to ensure the safety and protection of all…

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