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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
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeLesothoNamibiaSouth Africa

Good news as South Africa affirms its commitment to accountability for international crimes

The Daily Maverick 26 June 2020 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh On 11 June, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order to block the International Criminal Court (ICC) from action against US citizens. Trump’s order stated that the ICC actions were ‘illegitimate’ and ‘impede the critical national security and foreign policy work…
Staff Writer
26 Jun 2020
Criminal JusticeLesotho

LESOTHO: CHALLENGING POLICE TORTURE

Factual Background The applicants were arrested by Thaba-Tseka Police in January 2018 on allegations of armed robbery. During the arrest, the applicants were assaulted and tortured to such an extent that they had to be taken to the hospital for medical treatment. After their treatment, they were detained in police…
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationLesothoNews

JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE IS CRITICAL TO PROTECTING PRESS FREEDOM IN AFRICA

Published by AfricanLII on 28 May 2018 In this opinion piece, Anneke Meerkotter, Litigation Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), discusses a recent High Court of Lesotho (sitting as a Constitutional Court) judgment which declared the offence of criminal defamation unconstitutional. She takes the opportunity to also reflect more generally…
Freedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationLesothoNews

News Release: Lesotho Court declares offence of criminal defamation invalid

Maseru, Lesotho – On Monday 21 May 2018, the Lesotho High Court (sitting as a Constitutional Court), in a unanimous judgment declared the offence of criminal defamation unconstitutional with retrospective effect. The case of Basildon Peta v Minister of Law, Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights and 2 Others, Constitutional Case…