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Challenging laws and policies that limit freedom of expression, assembly and association, including implementation of FATF Recommendations on money laundering and terrorist financing in an overly broad manner that limits civic rights.

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Botswana

High Court sets a date for constitutional challenge on ‘alarming publications’ provision

The High Court of Botswana has set 15 May 2024 as the date to hear the constitutional challenge of Section 59(1) of the Botswana Penal Code.
Botswana

Botswana Gazette takes water utility to court on access to information

In 2014, the Sunday Standard newspaper carried a story entitled “The rich blocking water flow in Gaborone dam”, wherein it was reported that the WUC commissioned a study which allegedly…
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Botswana

Challenging Criminal Code on Alarming Publications in Botswana

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) supports  Tshepo Junionr Sethibe through Obonye Attorneys, represented by Dr Jonas Obonye, who are challenging Section 59(1) of the Botswana Penal Code. The provision…
Civic Rights

South Africa: 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…

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Zimbabwe: Challenging the disenfranchisement of Zimbabweans in the diaspora

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Shumba & Others v Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs & Others SALC supported three members of the Zimbabwe Diaspora, represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, who challenged…

Zimbabwe: Challenging limits on voter education

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Veritas v. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission & 2 Others SALC is providing support to Veritas, a non-profit organisation based in Zimbabwe which provides publicly accessible information on the work of the…

Zambia: Defending activist on contempt of court charges

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Factual Background On 13 March 2018, the Supreme Court of Zambia gave a final judgment in the case of Savenda Management Services v Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited. Prior to that,…

Eswatini: Supporting the right to protest at a university

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SALC is concerned that the doctrine of common purpose is on occasion used by university councils to punish student leaders where damages of university property occurred during a student protest.…

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Articles

Judicial Interference: A Test of Principles, Integrity and Power

The Botswana Gazette 1 May 2024 By: Bradley Fortuin NB: While inspired by real emerging issues, the characters and events are fictional and are narrated to explore the theme of…
Civic Rights Articles

SALC Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

On this World Press Freedom Day, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) expresses solidarity with journalists, media professionals, and all those who support freedom of expression. We celebrate the bravery…
Articles

Mother Earth Day: Transparency and unity in water management

Let’s work together to build a world where every drop of water is valued and every community has a say in the decisions that shape their environment. On Mother Earth…
Articles

ESWATINI MUST PUT AN END TO THE HARASSMENT OF TANELE MASEKO

Every unanswered question deepens the Maseko family’s despair and trauma and entrenches impunity for his assassination in front of his wife and children; every stone unturned is a monument to…

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Civic Rights

Revitilising the campaign against sedition and insult offences in Africa

Sedition laws are a serious threat to freedom of expression and democracy in Africa. These laws are often used to silence dissent and criminalize legitimate criticism of the government. In…
Civic Rights

SALC submission on Zimbabwe’s 3rd universal periodic review

Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic crisis, which has only been exacerbated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdown restrictions have led to a decrease in manufacturing,…
Civic Rights

2019-2021 Biennial report

SALC's biennial report captures activities for March 2019 to February 2021. Read the report here.
Civic Rights Association & Assembly

SALC submission to the OHCHR for the Tanzania UPR

In March 2021, SALC made a submission to the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights for the Tanzania UPR 39th session. Read the submission here.