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Lesotho Constitutional Court to hear challenge to chieftainship law

On 22 and 23 February 2012, the Lesotho Constitutional Court will hear a case challenging a women’s right to succeed to chieftainship in Lesotho. The case brought by Senate Masupha, the first born child of a chief, argues that denying her the ability to succeed to chieftainship solely due to her gender violates her constitutional rights to equality and freedom from discrimination. SALC has intervened as amicus curaie, friends of the court, in the matter, arguing that the law not only violates Masupha’s rights under the Lesotho Constitution but Lesotho’s regional and international law obligations. SALC will be providing regular updates from the hearing via twitter (@Follow_SALC) and on our blog.



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