The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) today presented an oral statement to the African Commission Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) concerning the situation of HRDs in Angola. The statement was presented during the 58th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights currently being held in Banjul, the Gambia. It highlighted concerns regarding the conviction of 17 Angolan activists, including for a crime only introduced during the closing argument of the trial and for which they were not afforded the opportunity to defend themselves. The statement further raised concern regarding the continued imprisonment of HRD, José Marcos Mavungo despite a call for his release by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions. In its concluding remarks, SALC requested the Special Rapporteur to condemn the continued persecution and prosecution of HRDs in the country and to undertake a country visit to Angola. Read the full statement: Oral Statement by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre to SR on HRDs
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
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Joint submission to the OHCHR for the Eswatini UPR
SALC and ESGM made a joint submission to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for the Eswatini UPR 39th Session. Read the submission here.
Staff WriterMar 25, 2021