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Judicial Independence

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The truth behind Parliamentarians Enacting Conservative laws

Citizens have no choice but to wonder if their members of Parliament are making laws informed by the needs of the citizens or whether they are pushing ideologies and needs…

Ambiguous Laws and Freedom of Expression in Africa

A constitution that protects citizens from unconstitutional legislation requires an unwavering commitment to justice. As citizens rely on the justice system to safeguard their rights and freedoms, human rights defenders…

Parliament ‘sits on’ rogue, vagabond court order

The Daily Times 23 May 2023 By Thomas Kachere Some lawmakers have lamented Parliament's delays to facilitate the review of Section 184 of the Penal Code, which provides for the…

Commemorating one-year anniversary of brutal refugees relocation exercise

Lilongwe, Malawi A joint statement was released on 20 May 2024, marking one year since the enforcement of a brutal refugee relocation exercise by the Malawi government, a dark chapter…

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Botswana: Appointment of High Court judges and procedures of the Judicial Service Commission

In 2015, the Law Society of Botswana brought an application in the Gaborone High Court challenging the process of appointment of judges to the High Court in Botswana. The case…


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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…

Thulani Maseko: Justice and accountability remains elusive in Eswatini

In the calm shadows of impunity, the deafening silence surrounding the assassination of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko hangs heavy. Justice, once Maseko’s weapon of choice, now lies silenced with…

Trampling on the rule of law in Lesotho

Daily Maverick By Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh Lesotho has faced repeated political and security crises over many years. Politics in the impoverished mountain kingdom has been marked by coups and assassinations and…
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Swazi lawyers march over judge’s sacking

The Mail&Guardian Anti-government protest is gathering pace in Swaziland, with lawyers now taking to the street alongside labour unions, teachers, taxi drivers and banned political parties. The kingdom’s lawyers marched…


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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…
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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,…
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2019-2021 Biennial report

SALC's biennial report captures activities for March 2019 to February 2021. Read the report here.
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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.