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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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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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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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18 Nov 2019 Staff Writer
Breaking News: Zimbabwe High Court awards damages in ground breaking judgment in...

Zimbabwe High Court awards damages in ground breaking judgment in favour of Ricky Nathanson, a transgender woman and activist. The Bulawayo High Court in Zimbabwe delivered a scathing judgment against Zimbabwean police. The Honourable Justice Bere awarded Ricky Nathanson, a…

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23 Oct 2019 Staff Writer
News Release: Tanzania Court of Appeal upholds ban on child marriage...

23 October 2019 - Today, the Tanzania Court of Appeal issued a judgment in the case of Attorney General V Rebeca Gyumi dismissing an appeal filed by the State against a judgment obtained in the High Court in 2016. Rebeca…

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14 Oct 2019 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
SALC seeks cancellation of visa of convicted Dutch war criminal and fugitive fro...

SALC has filed an application to cancel the visa of convicted Dutch war criminal and fugitive from justice, Guus Kouvenhowen. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has filed an application requesting the Western Cape High Court to cancel the visa of…

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25 Sep 2019 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
Media statement: Zimbabwe Republic Police are refusing to allow Dr Peter Magombe...

SALC is concerned about the failure of the Zimbabwe government to abide by an order of the High Court. This follows the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s (ZRP) repeated refusals to permit Dr Magombeyi to leave the country in order to seek…

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25 Sep 2019 Staff Writer
News Release: LEGABIBO is disappointed by the Attorney General’s Decision to A...

In a unanimous decision, on 11 June 2019, Justices A.B Tafa, M Leburu and J. Dube decriminalised same-sex sexual acts/conduct among consenting adults in private. Sections 164, 165 and 167 of Botswana’s Penal Code outlawed ‘carnal knowledge of any person…

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17 Sep 2019 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
Media Statement: SALC condemns the abduction and enforced disappearance of Dr Pe...

SALC calls on the Zimbabwean government to urgently determine the whereabouts of Dr Magombeyi and to ensure his safety. Zimbabwean doctors yesterday staged a walkout in protest over this weekend's alleged abduction of Dr Magombeyi, the acting president of the…

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30 Aug 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
PRESS STATEMENT: ESWATINI HIGH COURT DECLARES DOCTRINE OF MARITAL POWER UNCONSTI...

Eswatini, 30 August 2019 – A full bench of the High Court of Eswatini today held that the common law doctrine of marital power discriminates against married women and offends their constitutional rights to dignity and equality. Marital power refers…

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