Lesotho

03 Jul 2019 Staff Writer
SALC Shadow Report – Lesotho’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review 35th Sessio...

Lesotho’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review 35th Session (Jan-Feb 2020) Joint Submission by: Southern Africa Litigation Centre with assistance by Lesotho Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) June 2019   Introduction 1.      Lesotho has made great strides towards becoming a participatory democracy…

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29 Oct 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
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…

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29 May 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
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…

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22 May 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
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,…

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21 May 2018 Staff Writer
Lesotho: Challenging the offence of criminal defamation...

SALC supported a case challenging the constitutionality of the offence of criminal defamation. On 6 July 2016, Basildon Peta was charged with the crime of defamation in contravention of section 104 of the Penal Code Act. The charges related to…

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02 May 2018 Staff Writer
STATEMENT: SALC COMMEMORATES INTERNATIONAL WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY...

On 3 May, every year, the world celebrates the International World Press Freedom Day. The occasion is regarded as an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom, defend the media from attacks…

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10 Apr 2018 Staff Writer
Lesotho: Challenge to unfair dismissal of pregnant women in Defence Force...

SALC provided support to Advocate Monaheng Rasokoai and FIDA-Lesotho in the case of Mokhele and Others v Commander, Lesotho Defence Force and Others. The applicants were 3 female soldiers who were discharged from the Lesotho Defence Forces on the grounds…

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23 Mar 2018 Annabel Raw
SALC IN THE NEWS: WHY PEOPLE FAILING TO TAKE THEIR TB TREATMENT SHOULD NOT BE JA...

Brian Citro, Michaela Clayton, Colleen Daniels, Allan Maleche, Annabel Raw Bhekisisa, Mail & Guardian It's World TB Day. Here's why human rights and TB responses go hand in hand. When the police arrived in their village in Nandi County in…

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07 Mar 2018 Staff Writer
Celebrating Milestones on International Women’s Day 2018...

The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day for 2018 is “Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives “. This year’s theme provides us with an opportunity to reflect and take stock of the achievements that have…

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28 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
Protection Frameworks for Refugees and Migrants in Southern Africa...

States guarantee basic human rights and ensure physical security for their citizens. However, when people become refugees these protections disappear. Refugees fleeing war or persecution become incredibly vulnerable. They lose the protection of their own state and often it is…

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19 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
MEDIA ADVISORY: LESOTHO JOURNALIST CHALLENGES OFFENCE OF CRIMINAL DEFAMATION IN ...

Maseru, Lesotho – On Monday 19 February 2018, the Lesotho Constitutional Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the offence of criminal defamation. The case is brought by Basildon Peta, who was charged with the offence of criminal defamation…

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15 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
News release: Lesotho High Court Recognises the Sexual and Reproductive Rights o...

On 14 February 2018, the Lesotho High Court handed down judgment in a landmark case on women’s rights. The judgment of Sakoane J (as part of a 3 panel bench) in the case of Private Lekhetso Mokhele and Others v…

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