07 Apr 2011 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: SADC MAY BE ABOUT TO SHOOT ITSELF IN THE FOOT...

HUMAN rights. Economic growth. Big, bold concepts too often portrayed as inevitably in tension. Yet, economic growth is facilitated by civic rights such as the freedom of information and expression, which allow businesses to make informed decisions about capital investment,…

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23 Mar 2011 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: ON LIBYA, SA HAS DONE BOTH GOOD AND WELL...

NO ONE can rejoice at what is happening in Libya. The use of force by states acting under United Nations Security Council resolution — even in defence of civilian lives — still carries with it considerable risk: of costly damage…

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16 Mar 2011 Staff Writer
A human rights court for Africa...

Last week I sat in a large conference room with human rights activists and officials from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Court) at a continental conference in Malawi. The object of the meeting was to raise awareness on…

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09 Mar 2011 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: OWNERSHIP OF VALUES IS FOLLY...

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and Amy Chua, author of the controversial Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, do not appear to have all that much in common. But in recent weeks both have been brandishing the term "Western values"…

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07 Mar 2011 Staff Writer
Africa and the international criminal court – civil society’s contribution t...

SALC is an active member of the African Network of International Criminal Justice, an informal network of African civil society organizations and international organizations with a presence in Africa working on Africa and the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Network…

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03 Mar 2011 Staff Writer
Gaddafi to be investigated for crimes against humanity...

Sanctions, an arms embargo, asset freezing, a travel ban and a Security Council referral in terms of  the Rome Statute.  Security Council Resolution 1970 comes as a welcome change after the initial echoes of condemnation, amounting to nothing more than a…

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02 Mar 2011 Staff Writer
Security council action on Libya...

  South Africa has been receiving some flack for not responding more quickly and more fiercely in respect of the unrelenting attacks on Libyan civilians by Gaddafi. And indeed there have been some rather strange pronouncements by South African officials.…

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13 Oct 2010 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: WILL SA USE ITS SECOND UN TERM BETTER?...

AS EXPECTED, SA has again won a seat on the United Nations Security Council. With a security council almost unprecedented in its heavyweight make-up, the potential for major, innovative reform exists, and not only of the institution but also its…

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04 Oct 2010 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: NO GOOD REASON TO PROTECT RWANDAN FUGITIVE...

SPAIN wants him. Rwanda wants him. Given his questionable asylum status, SA seems to want him too. And let’s not forget there is also someone who wants him dead. Rwandan former general Kayumbe Nyamwasa is proving to be quite popular,…

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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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