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SALC IN THE NEWS: NAMIBIA: HIV-POSITIVE WOMEN WERE STERILIZED WITHOUT CONSENT, COURT RULES

Hilma Nendongo, a villager from northern Namibia, says she was sterilized without her knowledge while undergoing a Caesarian section. She is pictured here in 2009 in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. (Erin Conway-Smith/GlobalPost) A court in Namibia ruled Monday that three HIV-positive women were sterilized without their consent. The women, ranging in…
Staff Writer
30 Jul 2012
Focus areasFocus countriesHealth RightsNamibiaSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

SALC IN THE NEWS: NAMIBIA ILLEGALLY STERILIZED HIV-INFECTED WOMEN

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – A Namibian court on Monday ruled state hospitals illegally sterilized three HIV-positive women, opening the door for suits from other women who claim they were coerced into the procedure because they were infected with the virus that causes AIDS. The court ruled the three were sterilized without being…
Staff Writer
30 Jul 2012
Focus areasFocus countriesHealth RightsNamibiaSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

NEWS RELEASE: HIGH COURT FINDS NAMIBIA COERCIVELY STERILISED HIV POSITIVE WOMEN

HIGH COURT FINDS NAMIBIA COERCIVELY STERILISED HIV POSITIVE WOMEN Johannesburg– In a landmark judgment, the High Court in Windhoek found today that the Namibian government had coercively sterilised three HIV-positive women in violation of their basic rights. “This decision is a significant victory for HIV positive women in Namibia,” said…
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30 Jul 2012
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Namibia high court to deliver judgment in landmark coerced sterilization case

On Monday 30 July 2012, the High Court in Namibia is due to issue its judgment in a landmark case challenging the coerced sterilisation of three HIV-positive women. The three women alleged that they were sterilised without their informed consent in violation of their rights under common law and the…
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27 Jul 2012
Articles and OpinionsFocus areasFocus countriesResourcesSexual and Reproductive Health RightsZambia

The 6th stop cervical cancer in Africa conference (SCCA) wraps up in Zambia

  SALC’s work on cervical cancer benefitted from our attendance at the 6th Stop Cervical Cancer in Africa Conference (SCCA) which ended in Zambia on Tuesday the 24th of July 2012. The objective of the conference was to encourage participants to mobilise their governments to increase and secure funding for cervical…
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25 Jul 2012
Health RightsNamibiaNewsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

MEDIA ADVISORY: NAMIBIAN HIGH COURT TO RULE ON COERCED STERILISATION OF HIV-POSITIVE WOMEN

NAMIBIAN HIGH COURT TO RULE ON COERCED STERILISATION OF HIV-POSITIVE WOMEN Johannesburg – On Monday July 30th, the High Court in Namibia is due to issue its judgment in a landmark case challenging the coerced sterilisation of three HIV-positive women. The three women alleged that they were sterilised without their informed…
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24 Jul 2012
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaFocus areasFocus countriesRule of LawSex Worker RightsSexual and Reproductive Health RightsSOGIE Rights

Former president of Botswana leads to “end the epidemic of bad laws”

Barbare Lee; Michel Sidibé; Jan Eliason; Helen Clark; Festus Mogae The 9th of July 2012 has proved to be a momentous day for advocates for the repeal of criminal laws against sex workers and LGBT communities. This is the day on which the Global Commission on HIV and the Law launched…
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21 Jul 2012
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaFocus areasFocus countriesResourcesWomen’s Land and Property Rights

Botswana customary inheritance case: Update from yesterday’s court proceedings

Yesterday, the High Court in Botswana heard final arguments in a case challenging the Ngwaketse customary law rule which permits only for male inheritance of the family home. Previously, the Court had formally requested the Attorney General to make submissions in the matter. Yesterday was scheduled to hear oral submissions from the…
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20 Jul 2012
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Continuation of Botswana customary inheritance case tomorrow in high court

On Thursday, the High Court will hear further arguments in Mmusi and Others v Ramantele and Another, a case challenging the Ngwaketse customary law rule providing only for male inheritance of the family home. As followers of the case will remember, the High Court heard initial arguments in the matter on 14 May 2012. At that…
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18 Jul 2012