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South Africa: Challenging NPA inaction for TRC related prosecutions

Nkadimeng v the National Director of Public Prosecutions and others SALC is supporting the family of Nokuthula Simelane to compel the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to either refer the disappearance…

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ICC: The Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen: Joint amicus curiae submission by SALC and Prof. Bonita Meyersfeld

In the seminal case of The Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC), SALC and Prof. Bonita Meyersfeld have been admitted as amicus curiae. Dominic Ongwen (Mr.…
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South Africa: Joao Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others (Timol case)

On 28 and 29 March 2019, the High Court in Pretoria will hear the criminal case of Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions (case number: 76755/18). Joao Rodrigues (“the…
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South Africa/Zimbabwe: Case challenging NPA’s refusal to investigate cases of torture committed in Zimbabwe

In 2008, SALC submitted a dossier to the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) containing comprehensive evidence of the involvement of eighteen Zimbabwean security officials in perpetrating torture, and requested…
Civic Rights

South Africa: The Constitutionality of the Confidentiality Provisions in the Refugees Act

SALC was admitted as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the Constitutional Court matter, Mail and Guardian Media Limited and others v Chipu NO and others. On 27 September 2013,…


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The recently renewed NPA should show its teeth

Mail & Guardian 29 Jan 2021 By Atilla Kisla Wouter Basson is most notorious in South Africa and across the world for his leadership role in the chemical and biological…

João Rodrigues, apartheid-era crimes and the question of a blanket amnesty

Mail and Guardian 6 November 2020 By Atilla Kisla Today, on 6 November 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) hears the case of João Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others. João…

Torture in Zimbabwe

The Mail and Guardian 23 May 2020 By Atilla Kisla Six years after the Torture Docket case – What is the current status of the investigation? Torture, one of the…

South Africa, Apartheid, Crimes against humanity and the Rule of Law: Quo Vadis?

The Daily Maverick 21 February 2020 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh South Africa is a young democracy, but the unfinished business of apartheid remains a pressing priority for the state. South Africa’s embarrassing…


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2019-2021 Biennial report

SALC's biennial report captures activities for March 2019 to February 2021. Read the report here.
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SALC policy brief on ICC witnesses and the review of the Rome Statute: The missing link

The Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court resolved in December 2019 to establish the Independent Expert Review to identify ways of strengthening…
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Universal Jurisdiction – a useful tool for prosecuting international crimes: Comparing the use of universal jurisdiction in Germany and South Africa

The Polity 07 May 2020 By Atilla Kisla Germany is prosecuting former Syrian state security members for crimes against humanity committed in Syria: What is the current status of the…
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Demands for toppled Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to face prosecution

The Daily Maverick Experts differ over whether the new Sudanese military junta should be pressured to surrender ousted President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court. The toppling of Sudanese…