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NEWS RELEASE: HIGH COURT DISMISSES APPEAL APPLICATION IN ZIMBABWE TORTURE CASE

Johannesburg – The North Gauteng High Court today dismissed an application for leave to appeal against last month’s ruling that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and South African Police Services (SAPS) must investigate crimes against humanity committed in Zimbabwe. This application, brought by the NPA and SAPS, was in response to…
Staff Writer
7 Jun 2012
Articles and OpinionsFocus areasFocus countriesSOGIE RightsZimbabwe

UN High Commissioner for human rights’ visit to Zimbabwe highlights the indivisibility of human rights

On Friday 25 May 2012, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, issued a statement at a press conference in Harare reflecting on her 5 day mission to Zimbabwe. This was an important occasion in which the High Commissioner trod a fine line between acknowledging the positive developments in Zimbabwe, with…
Staff Writer
28 May 2012
Articles and OpinionsFocus areasFocus countriesSOGIE RightsZimbabwe

When will we recognize that hate speech against the LGBT community is not OK?

Increasingly, leaders in Africa are able to propagate hate speech against LGBT persons with shameless impunity. On 10 May 2012, for example, at a community gathering, the Zimbabwean Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Ignatius Chombo, allegedly made the statement that “chiefs are there to protect and promote our cultural values…
Staff Writer
17 May 2012
Focus areasFocus countriesInternational Criminal JusticeRule of LawZimbabwe

SALC IN THE NEWS: WE ARE THE BEST HOPE FOR TORTURE VICTIMS IN ZIMBABWE

LAST week, the North Gauteng High Court ruled that SA’s investigating and prosecuting authorities must investigate systematic torture amounting to crimes against humanity committed in Zimbabwe. Those investigations may result in prosecutions and currently hold the best chance of Zimbabwean officials who are responsible for severe human rights abuses facing…
Nicole Fritz
16 May 2012
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaFocus countriesResourcesWomen’s Land and Property Rights

Botswana High Court hears customary inheritance law case: Update from the courtroom

Yesterday, the Botswana High Court heard arguments in Mmusi and Others v Ramantele and Another, a case challenging the Ngwaketse customary law rule which provides for male-only inheritance of the family home. The case, before Judge Oagile Dingake, began after Judge Dingake heard over a dozen cases which were on…
Staff Writer
15 May 2012
Focus areasFocus countriesInternational Criminal JusticeRule of LawSouth AfricaZimbabwe

SALC IN THE NEWS: USING GOOD JUDGMENT

Last week’s judgment by the North Gauteng High Court ordering South African authorities to investigate alleged torture by 18 high-ranking Zimbabwean officials was groundbreaking. It was the first time a court had ordered the executive to implement South Africa’s pioneering International Criminal Court Act of 2002, which authorises South Africa…
Staff Writer
15 May 2012
BotswanaFocus areasFocus countriesWomen’s Land and Property Rights

MEDIA ADVISORY: TIME TO SCRAP BOTSWANA’S DISCRIMINATORY CUSTOMARY INHERITANCE LAW

Time to scrap Botswana’s discriminatory customary inheritance law Johannesburg—On Monday, the Botswana High Court will hear arguments in Mmusi and Others v Ramantele and Another, a case challenging a customary rule of inheritance which provides for male-only inheritance of the family home at the exclusion of daughters. “The time has come…
Staff Writer
14 May 2012
Focus areasFocus countriesInternational Criminal JusticeRule of LawSouth AfricaZimbabwe

SALC IN THE NEWS: SOUTH AFRICA’S PROSECUTING AUTHORITY SAYS MAY APPEAL ZIMBABWE TORTURE RULING

The South African prosecuting authority says it is considering appealing Tuesday’s High Court ruling compelling Pretoria to investigate and prosecute Zimbabweans, in particular senior Zanu PF officials, suspected of crimes against humanity. Spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga of the South African National Prosecuting Authority told VOA Wednesday they have two weeks to…
Staff Writer
9 May 2012
Focus areasFocus countriesInternational Criminal JusticeRule of LawSouth AfricaZimbabwe

SALC IN THE NEWS: SOUTH AFRICA ORDERED TO PROBE MUGABE

A South African judge has ordered prosecutors to investigate whether Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s government committed human rights abuses. The ruling on Tuesday by Judge Hans Fabricius is the first under 2002 statutes spelling out South Africa’s international law obligations. While the order is important, legal wrangles could derail an…
Staff Writer
9 May 2012
Focus areasFocus countriesInternational Criminal JusticeRule of LawSouth AfricaZimbabwe

SALC IN THE NEWS: U-TURN AS COURT TELLS NPA TO PROBE HARARE ‘TORTURE’

THE government suffered another legal reversal yesterday when the North Gauteng High Court ordered South African authorities to investigate Zimbabwean officials accused of committing crimes against humanity. The judgment clarified that the police and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Priority Crimes Litigation Unit had a duty to investigate allegations of…
Staff Writer
9 May 2012
Focus areasFocus countriesInternational Criminal JusticeRule of LawSouth AfricaZimbabwe

SALC IN THE NEWS: SOUTH AFRICAN COURTS TO HEAR ZIMBABWE RIGHTS CASES

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African court ruled on Tuesday its legal system can be used to investigate and prosecute citizens of neighbouring Zimbabwe suspected of crimes against humanity. The decision by a high court in Pretoria could prod South Africa into launching investigations into high-ranking Harare officials that would strain…
Staff Writer
8 May 2012
Focus areasFocus countriesInternational Criminal JusticeRule of LawSouth AfricaZimbabwe

SALC IN THE NEWS: SOUTH AFRICA ORDERED TO PROBE ZIMBABWE OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF TORTURE

SOUTH African authorities must investigate Zimbabwean officials who are accused of involvement in torture and crimes against humanity in Zimbabwe, the North Gauteng High Court ruled on Tuesday. The case was brought by the Southern African Litigation Centre and the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum. They sought to review and set aside…
Staff Writer
8 May 2012