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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20 May 2015 Staff Writer
Malawi: Mandatory HIV Testing of Women...

On 10 March 2011, eleven women from Mwanza, Malawi, filed an application in the Blantyre High Court challenging their subjection to mandatory HIV tests, the admission of the HIV test results as evidence in criminal cases against them, and the…

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11 Feb 2015 Staff Writer
Zimbabwe: Protecting HIV-positive Employees from Unlawful Dismissal...

SALC worked with Women and Law in Southern Africa’s Zimbabwe chapter to challenge the dismissal of a nurse from her employment due to her alleged failure to disclose her HIV status. The applicant argued that her dismissal violated her rights to privacy, dignity,…

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02 Feb 2015 Staff Writer
Botswana: Ending Discrimination in Adoption...

SALC supported a challenge to the Adoption of Children Act in Botswana, which permitted the adoption of a child born out of wedlock without the consent of the child’s father, regardless of the child’s best interests. SALC worked with the Botswana Network…

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03 Nov 2014 Staff Writer
Namibia: Coerced Sterilisation of HIV-positive Women...

SALC is working with the Namibia Women’s Health Network and the Legal Assistance Centre to challenge the coerced sterilisation of three HIV-positive women at public hospitals in Namibia. In July 2012, the High Court held that all three women were…

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03 Jul 2014 Staff Writer
Zambia: Two Men Accused of “Carnal Knowledge Against the Order of Nature&#...

SALC supported the defence of two Zambian men who were charged under section 155 of the Zambian Penal Code. In terms of section 155 of the Penal Code, any person who (a) has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of…

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25 Mar 2014 Staff Writer
Zimbabwe: Strengthening Women’s Access to Reproductive Health Services...

SALC provided support to the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) in the case of Mildred Mapingure v The State. Mapingure was raped in 2006. She sought emergency contraception within 72 hours of her rape to ensure that the rape did not result in…

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25 Feb 2014 Staff Writer
Zambia: Activist Defends Right to Freedom of Expression...

Paul Kasonkomona is a respected HIV activist and National Coordinator of Engender Rights-Zambia. On 7 April 2013, Kasonkomona was arrested outside MuviTV station after he appeared on a television programme. As a guest on the programme Kasonkomona argued that the rights…

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11 Jan 2014 Staff Writer
South Africa/Zimbabwe: Case challenging NPA’s refusal to investigate cases of ...

In 2008, SALC submitted a dossier to the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) containing comprehensive evidence of the involvement of eighteen Zimbabwean security officials in perpetrating torture, and requested the NPA and the South African Police Service (SAPS) to…

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29 Nov 2013 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: SA JUDGMENTS ‘DO NOT APPLY IN ZIMBABWE’...

The Business Day HARARE — A ruling by South Africa’s appeal court on Wednesday, which gives the green light to South African police officials to investigate allegations of torture against Zimbabwean officials, has been dismissed as a “non-event” and an…

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