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South Africa, Apartheid, Crimes against humanity and the Rule of Law: Quo Vadis?

The Daily Maverick 21 February 2020 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh South Africa is a young democracy, but the unfinished business of apartheid remains a pressing priority for the state. South Africa’s embarrassing and often unlawful stance on international crimes has received worldwide attention. Apartheid (Afrikaans for “separateness”) describes the system that committed acts…
Staff Writer
21 Feb 2020
International Criminal JusticeOngoing casesRule of LawSouth Africa

REVOCATION OF VISA TO A CONVICTED DUTCH WAR CRIMINAL: AUGUSTINUS MARIA KOUWENHOVEN

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has filed an application requesting the Western Cape High Court to cancel the visa of convicted arms trafficker and war criminal Augustinus Maria Kouwenhoven. Kouwenhoven has been resident in South Africa since December 2016. He was convicted of arms trafficking to Liberia during the presidency…
Staff Writer
4 Dec 2019
Health RightsRefugee and Migrant RightsSouth AfricaSubmissions

SALC Submissions on the South African National Health Insurance Bill (NHI)

These submissions detail the Southern Africa Litigation Centre’s (SALC’s) concerns that the National Health Insurance Bill, 2019, removes existing forms of access to healthcare services to certain categories of foreign nationals, particularly, asylum-seekers, certain categories of children and dependents, immigration detainees, citizens of the Southern Africa Development Community and other…
International Criminal JusticeNewsOngoing casesSouth Africa

SALC seeks cancellation of visa of convicted Dutch war criminal and fugitive from justice, Guus Kouvenhowen

SALC has filed an application to cancel the visa of convicted Dutch war criminal and fugitive from justice, Guus Kouvenhowen. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has filed an application requesting the Western Cape High Court to cancel the visa of convicted arms trafficker and war criminal Guus Kouwenhoven. He has…
EswatiniFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationNewsSouth AfricaZimbabwe

INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST TORTURE: A CALL BY AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY FOR REFORM IN ZIMBABWE

INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST TORTURE: A CALL BY AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY FOR REFORM IN ZIMBABWE As civil society organisations from across the region, we are concerned by the increased arrests of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe. In 2019 alone, numerous human rights defenders have been arrested, detained and charged with offences…
Staff Writer
26 Jun 2019
International Criminal JusticeNewsSouth Africa

Statement: Johannesburg High Court dismisses apartheid police officer’s application to cease prosecution

Big day for international justice: Johannesburg High Court dismisses apartheid police officer’s application to cease prosecution The High Court on the 3rd of June delivered its finding in the criminal case of Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions (case number: 76755/18).  The matter was argued on the 28th and…
Staff Writer
3 Jun 2019
International Criminal JusticeNewsSouth Africa

News Release: ICC Appeals Chamber confirms the Decision of the pre-trial Chamber II’s Decision on Jordan’s Failure to Comply with its Obligations as an ICC Member State

Johannesburg, 06 May 2019-The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has today delivered a unanimous judgment confirming the decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber II that Jordan had failed to comply with its obligations under the Rome Statute to arrest and surrender Omar Al-Bashir. The then President of the…
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeSouth Africa

SALC in the News: Demands for toppled Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to face prosecution

The Daily Maverick Experts differ over whether the new Sudanese military junta should be pressured to surrender ousted President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court. The toppling of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir by his own security forces under pressure of large and growing popular protests has prompted demands for…
Staff Writer
12 Apr 2019