Drawing on the outcomes of the Conference, “Civil Society In Action: Pursuing Domestic Accountability for International Crimes”, organised by SALC with the support of Trust Africa, this publication canvases successful case studies of civil society pursuing domestic accountability for international crimes. The publication outlines existing legal frameworks and addresses challenges faced with the investigation and prosecution of international crimes in Africa. Among the recommendations are that existing penal codes be harmonised with international criminal law and the specific assistance to the ICC include the relocation of witnesses, incarceration of convicted perpetrators and the lawful detention of ICC fugitives. Download the report here in English and French.
International Criminal JusticeNews
Joint Statement: TRC and SALC condemn alleged torture of Human Rights Defender by the Lesotho Mounted Police Service
The TRC and SALC note with great concern the reports of torture and ill-treatment of Advocate Napo Mafaesa by the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) whilst being in custody. The TRC and SALC condemn any form of ill-treatment or torture. This incident follows the trend of other alarming acts of…
Staff Writer14 Jan 2022
BotswanaFocus areasSOGIE Rights
The Botswana Court of Appeal’s Decriminalisation Judgment Explained
On 29 November 2021, the Botswana Court of Appeal issued a judgment in the case of Attorney General v Motshidiemang. The Court of Appeal held that the Penal Code’s prohibition of consensual sex between partners of the same sex is unconstitutional. This is only the second decision from an apex…
Anneke Meerkotter6 Dec 2021
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeSADCSouth Africa
South Africa: A safe haven for perpetrators of international crimes?
Mail & Guardian 12 November 2021 Atilla Kisla The Office of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) visited Pretoria on 8 and 9 November to meet representatives of the South African departments of home affairs, police, justice and international relations. The IRMCT was mandated by the…
Staff Writer15 Nov 2021