03 Sep 2013 Staff Writer
Botswana: Women’s Inheritance Rights Under Customary Law...

SALC supported a case in Botswana before the High Court challenging a customary law rule which provides only for male inheritance of the family home.The case was an appeal from a decision of the Customary Court of Appeal finding that…

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31 Oct 2012 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: ‘LET’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE DELIVERY’...

THE Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is calling on the women movement in Africa to champion justice delivery because of the unequal status of women before law in many African countries. SALC deputy director and HIV programme manager Priti Patel…

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15 Oct 2012 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: WOMEN’S MOVEMENT MUST CHAMPION JUSTICE DELIVERY...

In August 2012, the Constitutional Court in Lesotho reserved judgement on a succession to chieftainship case that is being challenged by a woman, Senate Masupha. Masupha is arguing that the Chieftainship Act that only provides for male succession to chieftainship…

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13 Dec 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: CHALLENGE TO EXECUTIVE POWER TO SENTENCE JUVENILES...

In Moyo v Republic, SALC is challenging in the Malawi Constitutional Court, Section 11(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act and Section 26 of the Malawi Penal Code, which grant the President of Malawi authority to sentence juveniles at his…

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13 Dec 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: UNITED NATIONS WORKING GROUP ON ARBITRARY DETENTION...

SALC will be submitting four cases to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) arguing that the applicants’ right to liberty and due process were violated. The applicants are four Malawian men between the ages of 13 and…

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13 Dec 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: CHALLENGING UNREASONABLE OR EXCESSIVE BAIL...

SALC has approached the Chief Justice of Malawi seeking constitutional certification in a case challenging the extortionate and arbitrary level at which bail has been set for two Malawian prisoners. SALC is arguing that given the socio-economic harship facing the…

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21 Nov 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: RIGHT TO BAIL FOR TERMINALLY ILL REMANDEES...

SALC is challenging the fact that terminally ill remandees have no opportunity to provide evidence to an independent arbiter on the state of their health. This presents a serious challenge to those hoping to have their health concerns addressed while…

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20 Nov 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: THE RIGHT TO BAIL AND UNREASONABLE DELAY BEFORE TRIAL...

In Mkula et al vs the Republic SALC advanced arguments that the length of detention of the applicants was in breach of their constitutional right to a trial within a reasonable period of time. This case concerned four applicants who…

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11 Nov 2010 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: SADC TRIBUNAL IN LIMBO...

SADC heads of state have been accused of acting unconstitutionally by effectively suspending the work of the SADC Tribunal. The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) in Johannesburg says the SADC heads of state during their annual August meeting in Windhoek…

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29 Jul 2010 Staff Writer
Malawi: Protecting the rights of same-sex couples...

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were arrested on 28 December 2009 and charged with violating sections 153 and 156 of Malawi’s Penal Code prohibiting carnal knowledge against the order of nature and gross indecency between males.  They had held a…

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29 May 2010 Staff Writer
Zambia: Mandatory HIV Testing of Military Employees...

In May 2010, the High Court in Livingstone found that both petitioners, Stanley Kingaipe and Charles Chookole, were subjected to HIV testing without their informed consent in violation of their rights to privacy and to be free from inhuman and…

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