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News Release: Botswana court recognises a child’s right to a name and nationality and compels authorities to issue a birth certificate 17 years after the birth of the child

On 10th August 2018, the Botswana High Court agreed to a consent order in a case challenging the refusal of the Attorney General and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs to register the birth of a child born to a Botswana father. This refusal was…
Staff Writer
15 Aug 2018
BotswanaFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationOngoing cases

Botswana: Supporting amicus curiae in challenge to publication offence

The case of Attorney General v Tsodilo Services (Pty) Ltd t/a The Sunday Standard and Outsa Mokone (Media Institute of Southern Africa-Botswana as amicus curiae), is currently pending before the Lobatse High Court in Botswana. The case concerns the constitutionality of section 44 of the Corruption and Economic Crime Act, which…
BotswanaNewsSOGIE Rights

Media Advisory: Botswana – High Court Hearing: Challenging Criminalisation of Same-sex Sexual Relationships

Gaborone, Botswana – On Thursday, 31 May 2018, the Gaborone High Court will hear a case in which the constitutionality of the provisions that criminalise same-sex sexual acts between consenting persons will be challenged. The Applicant seeks an order that continued criminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual relationships violates his basic…
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationLesothoNews

JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE IS CRITICAL TO PROTECTING PRESS FREEDOM IN AFRICA

Published by AfricanLII on 28 May 2018 In this opinion piece, Anneke Meerkotter, Litigation Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), discusses a recent High Court of Lesotho (sitting as a Constitutional Court) judgment which declared the offence of criminal defamation unconstitutional. She takes the opportunity to also reflect more generally…
BotswanaResearch Reports & Policy BriefsSOGIE Rights

Research Report: The impact of laws criminalising same-sex relationships in Botswana

In commemoration of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May), Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), the UNDP and Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa is launching a booklet entitled: "The law needs to change, we want to be free" - The…
AngolaBotswanaDemocratic Republic of CongoEswatiniFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationLesothoMalawiMozambiqueNamibiaNewsRule of LawSouth AfricaTanzaniaZambiaZimbabwe

STATEMENT: SALC COMMEMORATES INTERNATIONAL WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

On 3 May, every year, the world celebrates the International World Press Freedom Day. The occasion is regarded as an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom, defend the media from attacks on their independence and pay tribute to journalists who lost…
Staff Writer
2 May 2018
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaCriminal JusticeEswatiniHealth RightsLesothoMalawiMozambiqueNamibiaSouth AfricaTanzaniaZambiaZimbabwe

SALC IN THE NEWS: WHY PEOPLE FAILING TO TAKE THEIR TB TREATMENT SHOULD NOT BE JAILED

Brian Citro, Michaela Clayton, Colleen Daniels, Allan Maleche, Annabel Raw Bhekisisa, Mail & Guardian It's World TB Day. Here's why human rights and TB responses go hand in hand. When the police arrived in their village in Nandi County in Kenya’s North Rift, Patrick Kipng’etich and Daniel and Henry Ng’etich didn’t think much of…
Annabel Raw
23 Mar 2018
AngolaBotswanaDemocratic Republic of CongoEswatiniFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationInternational Criminal JusticeLesothoMalawiMozambiqueNamibiaRefugee and Migrant RightsResearch Reports & Policy BriefsSOGIE RightsSouth AfricaTanzaniaZambiaZimbabwe

Protection Frameworks for Refugees and Migrants in Southern Africa

States guarantee basic human rights and ensure physical security for their citizens. However, when people become refugees these protections disappear. Refugees fleeing war or persecution become incredibly vulnerable. They lose the protection of their own state and often it is their own government that is persecuting them. If third countries…
Staff Writer
28 Feb 2018