17 Sep 2010 Staff Writer
DRAFT UN REPORT – PAVING THE WAY FOR JUSTICE IN THE DRC...

The leaked United Nations Mapping Report documenting  a decade of violence in the DRC has caused quite a stir. The report documents atrocities committed by various armed groups in the country, it also alleges that Rwandan forces systematically killed Hutu refugees that fled the DRC in the aftermath of…

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27 Aug 2010 Staff Writer
AN IRONIC INVITATION – AL-BASHIR CELEBRATES KENYA’S NEW CONSITUTION … IN K...

The world was caught somewhat off guard this morning when it learnt that Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, packed his bags and headed to Kenya to attend the promulgation of its new constitution, at Kenya’s invitation. There are a number of…

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17 Aug 2010 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: BOTSWANA’S POSITION IS DISAPPOINTING...

Outside the international lawyer’s world, the European Court on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms generates little scintillating debate. And yet it is an institution deserving considerable interest: not only the most effective system of human rights protection throughout the world,…

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17 Aug 2010 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: SCANT ROOM TO SCOFF AT MODEL’S STUPIDITY...

AMONG those who do human rights work and who are inclined to sackcloth and ashes, model Naomi Campbell’s testimony at the Special Court for Sierra Leone caused much consternation: “She got more attention than all the victims of Sierra Leone…

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16 Jun 2010 Staff Writer
SWAZILAND: WOMEN’S RIGHTS TAKE ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK...

MBABANE,  – Much to the frustration of gender activists, Swaziland’s Supreme Court has reversed a February 2010 High Court ruling that allowed a married woman to register property in their own name. After centuries of being classified and treated as…

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03 Jun 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: PICKING UP THE PIECES IN MALAWI...

Human rights activists plot the path forward in the wake of the recent same-sex court case. Before the outsized international human rights outcry. Before the world had even heard of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga. Before their chinkhoswe ceremony – akin to an engagement ceremony although more…

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26 May 2010 Staff Writer
BROADER CONSEQUENCES OF MONJEZA AND CHIMBALANGA CONVICTION...

Check out SALC’s take on the broader impact of the decision and conviction in Malawi, here.   This entry was posted in HIV/AIDS and tagged HIV, homosexuality, LGBT, Malawi, sodomy. Bookmark the permalink.  

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21 May 2010 Staff Writer
Women’s property rights case to be heard by Malawi’s constitutional court Ju...

Compared to many of the cases in which we are involved (defending Monjeza and Chimbalanga against charges of buggery, challenging the coerced sterilization of HIV positive women), holding Zimbabwean perpetrators of violence to account in South Africa) a constitutional challenge to the disparity…

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14 May 2010 Staff Writer
Zuma’s office claims the president should be exempt from the access to informa...

In heads of argument filed this week, Marumo Moerane, argues that the President, as head of cabinet, is beyond the reach of PAIA. This in a court case to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday 24…

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12 Apr 2010 Staff Writer
Adoption of freedom of information law in the Southern Africa region...

As of 2008, 78 countries in the world had adopted access to information laws. These laws establish mechanisms for the enforcement of the right to information. Of these, only five are African countries. Some countries in the Southern African region show interest,…

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01 Apr 2010 Staff Writer
Finding the political will to enable access to public information in Zambia...

The often stated reason for the slow pace of enacting access to information laws in the region has been the lack of political will. In attempting to define the term political will, Craig Charneyargues that political will is the sum total…

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21 Aug 2009 Staff Writer
SOUTH AFRICA: GAZA DOCKET: SA MUST TIGHTEN POLICIES ON INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL JU...

RECENT events have brought SA’s relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC) into sharp focus. Last month was dominated by the question of whether SA — a party to the ICC — would break ranks with an African Union (AU)…

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