31 Oct 2016 Staff Writer
Lesotho: Palliative Care for Military Prisoners...

SALC supported a case brought by private lawyer, Advocate Mole Kumalo, to compel the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) to permit a soldier being held in detention to access medical care, and thereafter, to be released on “open arrest” (a form…

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29 Oct 2016 Staff Writer
Lesotho: Supporting Access to Justice...

SALC supported the wife of the late former commander of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, to oppose court proceedings brought to set aside an investigation into her husband’s killing in the matter of Hashatsi v the Prime Minister…

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21 Oct 2016 Staff Writer
South Africa: Case challenging South Africa’s withdrawal from the ICC without ...

On 21 October 2016 the South African government announced that it had deposited its instrument of withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with the United Nations Secretary General. This was done without the necessary parliamentary…

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28 Sep 2016 Staff Writer
Malawi: Challenging the use of the offence of living on the earnings of prostitu...

In February 2016, 19 women were arrested and charged with the offence of living on the earnings of prostitution contrary to section 146 of the Penal Code. The women pleaded guilty to the charges and they were convicted upon those…

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10 Jun 2016 Staff Writer
Zimbabwe: Protecting Women’s Right to Matrimonial Property...

SALC worked with Women and Law in Southern Africa –Zimbabwe (WLSA – Zimbabwe) to challenge the decision of the Master of the High Court (Master) that approved a distribution plan awarding a farm equally amongst the surviving spouse and all…

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29 Apr 2016 Staff Writer
Lesotho: Protecting Detainees Against Abuse...

SALC worked with the Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) and Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, Lesotho (CCJP) and the wives of 23 soldiers of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) to support the applicants in the matter of Mareka and 22 Others v the…

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24 Mar 2016 Staff Writer
Malawi: A Right to Palliative Care for Remandees...

SALC is working with the Centre for Human Rights Education Advocacy and Advice (CHREAA), building on previous work establishing a right to bail for terminally ill remandees, to develop a right to palliative care for persons in detention in Malawi. The applicant was a…

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16 Mar 2016 Staff Writer
Botswana: Challenging the Refusal to Register a LGBT Organisation...

In March 2013, twenty individuals filed a case before the High Court of Botswana, asking the court to review the decision by the Director of Civil and National Registration and the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs to refuse to register…

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11 Mar 2016 Staff Writer
Malawi: Advancing the Best Interests of the Child in Decisions Relating to the I...

SALC is working with the Center for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) to advance best interests of children in decisions to incarcerate caregivers.  International guidelines recommend taking into account the best interests of the child in decisions relating to…

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03 Feb 2016 Staff Writer
Zimbabwe: Challenging the Constitutionality of the Criminal Defamation Offence...

In 2014, the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe ruled that the offence of Criminal Defamation was unconstitutional under the former constitution. However, the Court stated that “[i]t might also be argued that the offence of criminal defamation is a justifiable limitation…

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26 Aug 2015 Staff Writer
Botswana: Securing Access to HIV Treatment for Prisoners...

SALC worked with the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and AIDS (BONELA) to challenge the Botswana government’s policy of refusing HIV treatment to non-citizen prisoners. Citizen prisoners were entitled to free HIV treatment. In addition, the government provided non-citizen prisoners…

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30 Jun 2015 Staff Writer
Swaziland: Human Rights Lawyer and Editor Charged with Contempt of Court...

In March 2014, human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu, were arrested and charged with contempt of court. The Nation and its publisher were also charged. Maseko and Makhubu had both written articles in Makhubu’s magazine, The…

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