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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23 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: THE STATE v HENRY EMOMOTIMI OKAH...

Summary: Does the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Act give South African courts jurisdiction to try terrorist acts committed abroad, besides financing terrorism? On 23rd February the Constitutional Court handed down a unanimous judgment in the…

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23 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
SOUTH AFRICA: THE STATE vs HENRY EMOMITIMI OKAH...

On 23rd February the Constitutional Court handed down a unanimous judgment in the consolidated applications in the case of State v Okah. The Judgment followed a hearing which took place on 28 November 2017 in which the Constitutional Court heard arguments on…

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13 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
South Africa: Court Diary, LSSA et al vs President of South Africa et al...

The High Court, North Gauteng Division on 5 February, 2018, heard an application brought by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and six other individual challenging two decisions of the President of South Africa. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre…

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12 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN AFRICA-THE FIGHT FOR AN EFFECTIVE SADC TR...

Suzgo Lungu and Aquinaldo Mandlate The Daily Maverick SADC as a regional block is pushing the agenda of promoting investment in the region and this is threatened if the region cannot create laws that repose confidence on investors. The rule…

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02 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
MEDIA ADVISORY: LAW SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA AND OTHERS V THE PRESIDENT OF THE RE...

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is intervening as amicus curiae in a case which challenges the South African President’s role in the suspension of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal and limitation of its human rights jurisdiction. The…

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17 Jan 2018 Staff Writer
SOUTH AFRICA/RWANDA: JUDICIAL REVIEW OF DECISION BY SOUTH AFRICA TO GRANT REFUGE...

This case concerns the judicial review of the decision of the South African authorities to grant refugee status to a former Rwandan general and suspected war criminal, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in June 2010. The case was brought by the Consortium…

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11 Dec 2017 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS APPLAUD AFRICAN COMMISSION’S LAUN...

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire –  On this International Human Rights Day, regional human rights organisations commend the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on the adoption and launch of the summary version of the Report on the Law and…

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08 Dec 2017 Staff Writer
SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD RECONSIDER INTENTION TO WITHDRAW FROM THE ICC...

The South African government should reconsider its move to withdraw from the ICC, said the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, International Commission of Jurists and Lawyers for Human Rights, local, regional and internatonal human rights advocacy organisations. This will be the…

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06 Dec 2017 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
SOUTH AFRICA: NATIONAL HEARING ON COHESION AND XENOPHOBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA...

Submission by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre to the South African Human Rights Commission in preparation for the national hearing on social cohesion and xenophobia in South Africa can be accessed here.

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30 Nov 2017 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO DECIDE ON “FREEDOM FIGHTER...

On the 28th November the Constitutional Court heard the Okah cases which deal with the issue of extra-territorial jurisdiction for terrorism and serious offences committed outside South Africa. On the 15th November, 2017, the Chief Justice directed the Registrar to…

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23 Nov 2017 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE MUST INVESTIGATE ‘ZIMBWABWE TORTURE’...

BBC News Africa South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has upheld an order for police to investigate Zimbabwean officials over allegations they tortured opposition figures in 2007. Under international law, South Africa had a duty to investigate crimes against humanity,…

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