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AN APARTHEID MURDER RECKONING (PART III): PW BOTHA’S ‘REALM OF CRIMINALITY’, LEGAL COSTS AND NOKUTHULA SIMELANE

In the first apartheid-era political murder trial to take place in South Africa since 2007, the defence is facing a dilemma so absurd it reads like a Joseph Heller novel. Why should a post-apartheid democratic state have to foot the (very substantial) legal costs of Security Branch police officers accused…
Staff Writer
5 Sep 2016
Articles and OpinionsFocus areasFocus countriesInternational Criminal JusticeNews

SALC IN THE NEWS: INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE-THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

The international criminal justice project can only be sustained when all the stakeholders play their part – governments, civil society organisations and international bodies, courts and tribunals. Unfortunately some governments refuse to play ball, international courts do not have the requisite support and civil society have their names dragged through…
Staff Writer
21 Jul 2016
Articles and OpinionsDisability RightsMalawiRule of Law

SALC in the News: A Human Rights Approach to addressing violence and discrimination against persons with Albinism

Malawi Nation 25 May 2016 Annabel Raw & Jessica Oluoch Persons with albinism in Malawi face violence and discrimination of the most condemnable and abhorrent kind. Human rights violations of this severity must be prevented and sanctioned with the most powerful means at our disposal. In asserting and enforcing human…
Annabel Raw
26 May 2016
Articles and OpinionsFocus areasFocus countriesInternational Criminal JusticeLesothoResources

COURT DIARY: MAREKA AND 22 OTHERS V THE COMMANDER OF THE LESOTHO DEFENCE FORCE AND OTHERS

Introduction On Friday 15 April 2016 the Lesotho Court of Appeal heard arguments on a challenge by 23 members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) to decisions relating to their arrests and detention and the Minister of Defence’s decision to convene a court martial in the case of Mareka and 22…
Annabel Raw
18 Apr 2016
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationSOGIE Rights

Significant Progress as Botswana Court of Appeal Recognises the Rights of LGBT Persons

On 16 March 2016, the Botswana Court of Appeal, unanimously, delivered a landmark judgment in which it dismissed the government of Botswana’s appeal against a Gaborone High Court decision which allowed for the registration of the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals Organisation of Botswana (LEGABIBO). This case is a victory for the advancement…
Articles and OpinionsFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationRule of Law

SALC in the News: Museveni vs the People: elections in a time of social media

In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni has just been re-elected president, marking 30 years in power. In an election marred by disturbances including the repeated arrest of main opposition leader Kizza Besigye, something that drew attention on polling day was the shutdown of all social media and mobile money sites. This…
Caroline James
3 Mar 2016
Articles and OpinionsEswatiniFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationRule of Law

Court Diary: Swaziland Constitutional Challenges, Day 3

Caroline James On Monday, 8 February 2016, the Swazi High Court continued hearing applications challenging the constitutionality of the Sedition and Subversive Activities Act and the Suppression of Terrorism Act. The case began in September 2015, when oral argument by the applicants’ legal representatives took place. On Monday, Adv Greg Harpur…
Staff Writer
8 Feb 2016