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20 Jan 2020 Amanda Shivamba
Media Release: SALC and Amnesty International condemn the ongoing harassment and...

On Saturday, 21 December 2019, Fumba Chama, popularly known Pilato, a Zambian human rights defender and musician, was arrested for unlawful assembly in violation of the Public Order Act apparently due to his hosting of a youth forum which aimed…

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16 Jan 2020 Annabel Raw
Securing the Rights of People Living with HIV in the Workplace:...

This is a booklet explaining the judgment in the case of X v Brink and Others from the Abuja Industrial Court concerning the rights of employees and duties of employers in relation to HIV testing and confidentiality of a person's…

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15 Jan 2020 Anneke Meerkotter
PRESS STATEMENT: MALAWI HIGH COURT GRANTS ORDER IN FAVOUR OF RASTAFARI SCHOOL CH...

14 January 2020 – On 14 January 2020, the High Court of Malawi in Zomba granted an interlocutory injunction compelling the Minister of Education to allow all children of Rastafari religion, who have dreadlocks, to enroll into Government Schools pending…

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15 Jan 2020 Anneke Meerkotter
SALC JOURNAL ARTICLE: LITIGATING TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF POOR AND MARGINALISED ...

PUBLISHED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW REVIEW CAVEAT Anneke Meerkotter 74 U. Miami L. Rev. Caveat 1 (2020). Abstract For centuries, and across the world, penal laws have been used to regulate urban spaces, with a cruel focus on…

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13 Jan 2020 Staff Writer
SALC Journal Article: Decriminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual acts and t...

In the African Human Rights Law Journal, SALC's Tashwill Esterhuizen, examines the recent judgment in Letsweletse Motshidiemang v The Attorney-General in which the High Court of Botswana decriminalised consensual same-sex sexual acts between adults. While many elements of the decision…

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23 Dec 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
CONCERN AS ZAMBIA POLICE DETAINS HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS...

23 December 2019, Livingstone – Three prominent human rights defenders are spending their 3rd day in police custody with no release in sight. The three activists have been at the forefront of calls for transparency and accountability in the spending…

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20 Dec 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
NIGERIA COURT ORDERS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO UPHOLD SEX WORKERS’ RIGHTS...

20 December 2019, Abuja – On 18 December 2019, the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Abuja Division, per Justice Nyako, handed down an important judgment on sex workers’ rights to due process at the hands of law enforcement agencies, in…

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20 Dec 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
MEDIA ADVISORY: ESWATINI GOVERNMENT ROUNDS UP ACTIVISTS...

20 December 2019, Mbabane – In a coordinated operation in the early hours of this morning, Eswatini police visited the houses of a number of pro-democracy activists including Sikelela Dlamini, Secretary General of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT),…

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20 Dec 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
Opinion: Eswatini’s citizens condemn lavish spending by the monarchy at their...

Published in the Daily Maverick on 17 December 2019 In a time of economic hardship for Eswatini, citizens saw the arrival of a large fleet of luxury cars for the King and his 11 wives. But on 13 November 2019…

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20 Dec 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
Nigeria: Challenge to arbitrary arrest of women during sweeping exercises...

Factual Background At 11pm on 22 February 2017, the Joint Task Force broke down the doors of the homes of the applicants, assaulted them, indecently searched them, took the money they had on them, and then arrested and detained them.…

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16 Dec 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
NEWS: ZAMBIA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS PRISONERS’ RIGHTS TO FOOD AND IMPROVED PRIS...

Lusaka, 16 December 2019 – The Supreme Court of Zambia on 9 December 2019 handed down an important judgment on prisoners’ rights. The case was brought by two prisoners with HIV on antiretroviral treatment, who sought access to a balanced…

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16 Dec 2019 Staff Writer
Zambia: Health Rights of HIV-Positive Prisoners...

SALC is working with the Legal Resources Foundation in Zambia to secure the rights of HIV-positive prisoners to treatment, adequate food and improvements to prison conditions. The applicant inmates alleged that they only get two meals a day which makes…

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