Articles & Opinions

25 Mar 2020 Staff Writer
HIV Justice Worldwide Steering Committee Statement on Covid-19 Criminalisation...

25 March 2020 Here is a statement from HIV Justice Worldwide Steering Committe on Covid-19 criminalisation.  

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17 Mar 2020 Staff Writer
Celebrating International Women’s Day...

International Women’s Day (IWD), which was held on 8 March 2020, represents an important day in the fight for women’s rights, equality and non-discrimination in Southern Africa and around the world. IWD is the perfect time to take stock of…

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21 Feb 2020 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: ESWATINI WOMEN CHALLENGE OPPRESIVE LAWS...

Fair Planet 21 February 2020 Eswatini Women Challenge Oppressive Laws Hlengiwe Tsabedze, a married 33-year old shop-floor worker in Mbabane, the capital of the tiny southern African kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), does not appreciate the importance of the recent…

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21 Feb 2020 Staff Writer
South Africa, Apartheid, Crimes against humanity and the Rule of Law: Quo Vadis?...

The Daily Maverick 21 February 2020 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh South Africa is a young democracy, but the unfinished business of apartheid remains a pressing priority for the state. South Africa’s embarrassing and often unlawful stance on international crimes has received worldwide…

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10 Feb 2020 Staff Writer
Malawi’s Rastafarians win landmark dreadlock ruling...

CGTN Africa 9 February 2020 Makeda Mbewe was just six years old when she was kicked out of her primary school in Malawi for wearing her hair in the dreadlocks of her Rastafarian religion. Two years later, she is back…

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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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