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Petty Offences Newsletter: Digest of Campaign Activities in September 2020

In September 2020, the Regional Campaign to Decriminalise Petty Offences hosted a virtual conference entitled Policing Pandemics, Balancing Rights. The conference communique and recordings of the conference are available online, for 14 September 2020, 15 September 2020, and 16 September 2020. Snippets from some of the conference presentations are included in…
Staff Writer
9 Oct 2020
Freedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationNewsSOGIE RightsSouth Africa

MEDIA ADVISORY: JONATHAN DUBULA QWELANE V SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AND ANOTHER

On 22 September 2020, the Constitutional Court will hear the case of Jonathan Dubula Qwelane v South African Human Rights Commission and Another (case no: 13/20). The Constitutional Court will decide whether section 10 of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 (PEPUDA) is…
Staff Writer
21 Sep 2020
Freedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationNewsSOGIE RightsSouth Africa

Hate speech and LGBTI rights: perspectives from the Jon Qwelane case

Mail & Guardian By Atilla Kisla South Africa’s obligation to prohibit hate speech under international law extends to hate speech against LGBTI persons. In Jonathan Dubula Qwelane v South African Human Rights Commission, the Constitutional Court has to decide whether the hate speech provision is constitutional. On 22 September 2020,…
Staff Writer
19 Sep 2020
International Criminal JusticeNews

SALC CONDEMNS THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT’S IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS ON STAFF MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) expresses its disappointment and strongly condemns the imposition of sanctions by the United States government on the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Prosecutor Ms. Fatou Bensouda and Mr. Phakiso Mochochoko, the Head of  Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Divisions pursuant to Executive Order 13928 signed by…
Staff Writer
3 Sep 2020
Children's RightsMalawiNewsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

News Release: Challenge to use of Defilement Offences against Adolescents Engaged in Consensual Sex in Malawi

Blantyre, 26 August 2020 – Yesterday, the Child Justice Court sitting in Blantyre, Malawi, issued an order for a stay of criminal proceedings against an adolescent boy who was charged with the offence of defilement pending determination of the High Court on the constitutionality of the offence. Currently, section 138(1)…
Staff Writer
26 Aug 2020
Freedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationNewsRule of LawZimbabwe

JOINT STATEMENT CONCERNING THE JUDGMENT AGAINST LAWYER BEATRICE MTETWA

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations and individuals note with grave concern the decision of the Zimbabwean Magistrates Court to disqualify Beatrice Mtetwa from continuing as defence legal counsel for journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, who is currently being tried on charges of inciting public violence. The Magistrates’ Court also ordered the Prosecutor…
Staff Writer
24 Aug 2020