Articles & Opinions

15 Jan 2020 Anneke Meerkotter
SALC JOURNAL ARTICLE: LITIGATING TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF POOR AND MARGINALISED ...

PUBLISHED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW REVIEW CAVEAT Anneke Meerkotter 74 U. Miami L. Rev. Caveat 1 (2020). Abstract For centuries, and across the world, penal laws have been used to regulate urban spaces, with a cruel focus on…

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13 Jan 2020 Staff Writer
SALC Journal Article: Decriminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual acts and t...

In the African Human Rights Law Journal, SALC's Tashwill Esterhuizen, examines the recent judgment in Letsweletse Motshidiemang v The Attorney-General in which the High Court of Botswana decriminalised consensual same-sex sexual acts between adults. While many elements of the decision…

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20 Dec 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
Opinion: Eswatini’s citizens condemn lavish spending by the monarchy at their...

Published in the Daily Maverick on 17 December 2019 In a time of economic hardship for Eswatini, citizens saw the arrival of a large fleet of luxury cars for the King and his 11 wives. But on 13 November 2019…

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26 Nov 2019 Staff Writer
High court decision affirms human rights of transgender people in Zimbabwe...

Opinion Piece first published on 26 November 2019 on mg.co.za In 2014, Ricky Nathanson was arrested and charged with criminal nuisance after she used a toilet for women. In a progressive judgment with far-reaching implications, the Zimbabwean high court found…

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27 Sep 2019 Tambudzai Gonese
International Safe Abortion Day 2019: The Global Gag Rule as a barrier to access...

Article 14(2)(c )  of  the Maputo Protocol mandates African states to facilitate access to safe abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape, incest or where the pregnancy poses a risk to the physical or mental health of the woman, and…

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22 Jul 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
Sedition charges impact on freedom of expression in Eswatini...

Opinion Piece first published on 22 July 2019 on Polity.org.za In May 2019 a lone activist, Goodwill Sibiya, sought to file an application before the civil courts in Eswatini. In the application, apparently drafted without legal representation, the applicant sought to remedy…

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15 Jul 2019 Staff Writer
Zambia Debates Proposed Constitutional Amendments...

A brief analysis of Zambia’s Constitutional Amendment Bill by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre The Zambian Constitutional Amendment Bill was released for public comment on 21 June 2019. Section 79 of the Constitution provides that a Bill which seeks to…

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28 Jun 2019 Staff Writer
SALC in the News: ABUSIVE LAWS AND THE FIGHT FOR REFORM...

The AfricanLii Abusive Laws and the fight for reform By Annabel Raw You only have rights if you are a person: How Zambia is legislating away the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities “I cannot accept people to treat me…

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13 Jun 2019 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: Incremental gains and public activism pave the way for decrimi...

The Daily Maverick Incremental gains and public activism pave way the way for decriminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct in Botswana By Tashwill Esterhuizen The recent Botswana court victory, which will bring enormous benefits to the LGBT community in Botswana and…

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20 May 2019 Staff Writer
The Internet Shutdowns Cast Doubt on Election Integrity: Malawi and Mozambique S...

By: Tyler Walton (SALC Fellow) On Sunday 28 April, starting at around midnight, people in Benin were unable to access social media sites and apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Telegram, and Viber.  The partial shutdown was followed by a…

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12 Apr 2019 Staff Writer
SALC in the News: Demands for toppled Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to face ...

The Daily Maverick Experts differ over whether the new Sudanese military junta should be pressured to surrender ousted President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court. The toppling of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir by his own security forces under pressure…

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10 Apr 2019 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: Prosecuting apartheid atrocities-why an indictment for a singl...

By Atilla Kisla The Daily Maverick The crimes of apartheid has never been prosecuted before. Therefore, the Ahmed Timol case can pave the way to prosecute the atrocious crimes committed under the system of apartheid. Forty-seven years had passed since…

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