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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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21 Aug 2019 Staff Writer
News Release: SALC commends the President of South Africa for withdrawing his si...

The President of the Republic South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has officially withdrawn his signature from the 2014 SADC Protocol which establishes the SADC Tribunal. Notice of the withdrawal can be found in paragraph 20 of the Communique_of_the_39th_SADC_Summit which was held…

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05 Aug 2019 Amanda Shivamba
SALC IN THE NEWS: Constitutional Amendments to Remove Parliamentary Oversight ov...

On the 2nd August 2019, Bloomberg Reported: The government also on Friday presented a bill to parliament that proposes a change to the constitution to remove a clause that gives parliament oversight over government borrowing. While there may still be…

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05 Aug 2019 Amanda Shivamba
Statement: Organisations warn of potential negative impact of proposed changes t...

  Organizations in the region, as well as internationally, are deeply concerned about the impact the Zambian Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019 may have on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, if adopted. Of particular concern are the amendments made…

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18 Jun 2019 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: Is speaking truth to Swazi royal power bringing slow change?...

THe IPP Media Little news emerges from Eswatini, the tiny monarchy landlocked by South Africa and Mozambique, except lurid stories about the latest shenanigans of King Mswati III and his many wives. So it's hardly surprising that few outsiders-and not…

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11 Jun 2019 Staff Writer
News Release: Botswana high court decriminalises consensual same-sex sexual cond...

On Tuesday, 11 June 2019, a full bench of the Botswana High Court issued a ground-breaking judgment, decriminalising same-sex sexual conduct between consenting adults.  In a unanimous decision, Justices A.B Tafa, M. Leburu and J. Dube found that sections 164(a),…

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03 Jun 2019 Staff Writer
Statement: Johannesburg High Court dismisses apartheid police officer’s applic...

Big day for international justice: Johannesburg High Court dismisses apartheid police officer’s application to cease prosecution The High Court on the 3rd of June delivered its finding in the criminal case of Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions (case…

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03 Jun 2019 Staff Writer
SALC in the news: South Africa ruling opens way for apartheid-era prosecutions...

The Washington Post JOHANNESBURG — A former South African police officer will face trial over the 1971 killing of an anti-apartheid activist after a court ruling that could lead to the prosecution of similar crimes . The high court in…

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24 May 2019 Staff Writer
Statement: SALC condemns the arrest and ongoing detention of four human rights d...

SALC condemns the arrests of Tatenda Mombeyara, Gamuchirai Mukura, George Makoni and Nyasha Mpahlo by Zimbabwean authorities on Monday, 20 May 2019. The four NGO leaders were abducted by the police from Robert Mugabe International Airport upon their return to…

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23 May 2019 Staff Writer
News Release: SALC concerned about judicial persecution of human rights lawyers ...

SALC is concerned about the criminal charges laid against human rights lawyer Doug Coltart who was summoned to the Harare Central Police Station on the 28th April 2019 and was charged with ‘participating in gathering with intent to promote public…

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21 May 2019 Staff Writer
Malawi: The Internet Should Stay On to Help Ensure a Free and Fair Election in M...

Over the weekend, Director General of the Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA), Godfrey Itaye, called a meeting in Blantyre to take place at 17h30 on Saturday, 18 May 2019.  The meeting’s pressing action item: discussing the government’s attempt to shutdown…

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20 May 2019 Staff Writer
The Internet Shutdowns Cast Doubt on Election Integrity: Malawi and Mozambique S...

By: Tyler Walton (SALC Fellow) On Sunday 28 April, starting at around midnight, people in Benin were unable to access social media sites and apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Telegram, and Viber.  The partial shutdown was followed by a…

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