Judicial Independence

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The arm of imperialism: The church’s anti-gender and anti-SOGIE rhetoric

Washington Blade 23 August 2023 By Anna Mmolai-Chalmers Anti-rights agenda in Africa has weaponized LGBTQ, intersex rights. Recently, in Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi, the church has thrown the…

Botswana religious groups threaten rule of law and refuse LGBTQ rights

Washington Blade 7 August 2023 By: Bradley Fortuin and Matlhogonolo Samsam Country’s Council of Churches applauded 2019 decriminalization ruling. Botswana is considered a secular state and all people have equal…
Equality Rights

Human Rights organisations call on South African authorities to denounce attacks against South Africa’s Constitution, human rights and equality.

9 August 2023 In view of the participation of members of South Africa’s executive and judiciary in the annual African Bar Association conference, which this year is being co-sponsored by…
Criminal Justice News

Joint statement: Urgent call for protection of refugees’ rights and a halt to state sponsored lawlessness

Lilongwe, 1 August 2023 - We, a consortium of Institutions and Civil Society Organizations dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights, urgently call upon the Government to immediately cease the…

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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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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…

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…

International shock at judge’s dismissal

MBABANE – International lawyers’ associations have reacted with alarm to the sacking of High Court Judge, Justice Thomas Masuku. Swazi Times The formations say this action speaks of clear contempt…

Justice Thomas Masuku fired

MBABANE – High Court Judge Thomas Masuku has been dismissed from the bench. This publication has reliably gathered that the authorities have issued a decision that Judge Masuku’s position as…


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Civic Rights Association & Assembly

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 Resources

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.
Civic Rights Resources

SALC Submission on the Computer Crime and Cybercrime Bill, 2020

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) filed written submissions in the Parliament of Eswatini. The  submissions were filed with the Clerk of the ICT Portfolio Committee. In the submissions, SALC…