In September 2019, Eswatini’s Registrar of Companies refused to register the organisation Eswatini Sexual and Gender Minorities (ESGM). The Registrar argued that ESGM’s purpose was unlawful because same-sex sexual acts are illegal in the country. ESGM and its members filed an application to contest these claims. They argue that the Registrar’s refusal violated ESGM members’ rights to dignity, to associate and express themselves freely, to be treated equally and not to be discriminated against. ESGM is represented by human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko and supported by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC). The Eswatini High Court will hear arguments in the case on 24 June 2020.
Children's RightsCriminal JusticeMalawiOngoing casesSexual and Reproductive Health Rights
Bringing accountability for sexual violence by the police
Background Petty offences are minor offences for which the punishment is prescribed by law to carry a warning, community service, a low-value fine or short term of imprisonment, often for failure to pay the fine. Examples include, but are not limited to, offences such as being a rogue and vagabond,…
Staff WriterJul 15, 2021
EswatiniFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationNewsSouth Africa
Letter to MTN group president and CEO: Violation of freedom of expression in Eswatini
On 7 July 2021, SALC wrote a letter to the Group President and CEO of MTN group regarding the violation of freedom of expression in Eswatini in light of recent internet shutdown.
Staff WriterJul 7, 2021
EswatiniFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationNews
Statement: Internet shutdown in Eswatini challenged in the High Court
On Friday, 2 July 2021, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre supported the filing of an urgent application in the High Court of Eswatini before Honourable Justice Qinisile M. Mabuza (Melusi Simelane v MTN Eswatini, Eswatini Mobile and others). The application was filed to oppose the internet shutdown in the country…
Staff WriterJul 5, 2021