The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) stands in solidarity with students’ struggles against fee increments in South Africa. We support the call for broader transformation at tertiary institutions and condemn those who have used excessive force against those striving for substantive equality. We call for a peaceful solution to this crisis, and one which involves the students. We remind the authorities of the rights of all, including these students, to peaceful protest. While we acknowledge the duty of the police to ensure public order and protect the rights of all, including protesters and non-protesters, this duty must be executed in accordance with international human rights standards. The excessive use of force against protesters is not justifiable.
International Criminal JusticeNewsSouth Africa
News Release: Supreme Court of Appeal dismisses appeal for a permanent stay of prosecutions by alleged apartheid-era perpetrator
On 21 June 2021, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down judgment in the matter Joao Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others concerning an application for a stay of prosecution for the alleged murder of Ahmed Timol. Joao Rodrigues (Rodrigues), the Appellant, is a former member…
Staff WriterJun 22, 2021
Freedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationZimbabwe
Media Guide 2021
SALC and COSPE published a booklet which serves as a guide to equip the media, journalists, and LGBTQI+ human rights activists in Southern Africa, specifically Eswatini, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, with media engagement tools. The booklet can be accessed here.
Staff WriterJun 11, 2021
Freedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationHuman RightsNewsZimbabwe
SALC statement on the attacks on human rights defenders and journalists in Zimbabwe
With the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ rights 68th Ordinary Session taking place from 14 April to 4 May 2021, the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) wishes to highlight the continued harassment and persecution of journalists and human rights defenders in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe adopted a new Constitution in 2013,…
Amanda ShivambaApr 13, 2021