07 Jul 2011 Staff Writer
PRESS RELEASE: SWAZI AUTHORITIES BEG FOR FUNDS WITH ONE HAND, WHILE WRECKING THE...

JOHANNESBURG – Regional and continental legal bodies have condemned the suspension of Swazi High Court Justice, Thomas Masuku, and demanded his immediate reinstatement – as well as urging South Africa to carefully reconsider any financial support for the country in light…

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12 Apr 2011 Staff Writer
SWAZILAND: SA RISKS A LOT FOR SWAZILAND...

WHEN Maite Nkoana- Mashabane was sworn in as minister of international relations and co-operation two-and-a- half years ago, she promised all and sundry that SA’s foreign policy would be formulated by South Africans. This was a breath of fresh air…

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17 Sep 2010 Staff Writer
DRAFT UN REPORT – PAVING THE WAY FOR JUSTICE IN THE DRC...

The leaked United Nations Mapping Report documenting  a decade of violence in the DRC has caused quite a stir. The report documents atrocities committed by various armed groups in the country, it also alleges that Rwandan forces systematically killed Hutu refugees that fled the DRC in the aftermath of…

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16 Aug 2010 Staff Writer
PRESS RELEASE: BOTSWANA DEFIES AFRICAN COMMISSION RULING...

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE SOUTHERN AFRICA LITIGATION CENTRE 16 August 2010 Botswana Defies African Commission Ruling Statements by Botswana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs indicating that Botswana will not comply with a recent ruling by the African Commission on Human and…

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14 Aug 2010 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: BOTSWANA CIVIL SOCIETY AND MEDIA TAKE GOVERNMENT TO COURT...

The media fraternity has roped in other civil society organisations in their looming court case to overturn the Media Practitioners Act. Represented by attorney Dick Bayford and advocate Steven Budlender from South Africa, the 32 applicants that include churches, trade…

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15 Jun 2010 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: SA URGED TO PROBE JAILING OF ZIM ACTIVIST...

The Mail and Guardian learned on Tuesday that detained Zimbabwean human rights defender Farai Maguwu had been removed from the notorious Matapi police cells in Harare. "Sometime on Saturday, he was transferred again to Harare Central Police Station," said Dewa…

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14 May 2010 Staff Writer
Zuma’s office claims the president should be exempt from the access to informa...

In heads of argument filed this week, Marumo Moerane, argues that the President, as head of cabinet, is beyond the reach of PAIA. This in a court case to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday 24…

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03 May 2010 Staff Writer
WORLD LEADERS NAMED AND SHAMED AS “PRESS PREDATORS”...

Seventeen presidents and heads of government made the list of “predators of press freedom” by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Included in the list of 40 are China’s Hu Jintao, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Cuba’s Raul Castro, Russia’s Prime…

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12 Apr 2010 Staff Writer
Adoption of freedom of information law in the Southern Africa region...

As of 2008, 78 countries in the world had adopted access to information laws. These laws establish mechanisms for the enforcement of the right to information. Of these, only five are African countries. Some countries in the Southern African region show interest,…

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01 Apr 2010 Staff Writer
Finding the political will to enable access to public information in Zambia...

The often stated reason for the slow pace of enacting access to information laws in the region has been the lack of political will. In attempting to define the term political will, Craig Charneyargues that political will is the sum total…

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25 Mar 2010 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: ZUMA CONTINUES TO SIT ON ARMY GENERAL’S REPORT ON VIOLENCE...

analysis In 2008 former South African President Thabo Mbeki commissioned a fact finding mission into state sponsored violence that took place in the run up to Zimbabwe’s one man presidential run-off. Mbeki, as mediator, sent six retired South African army…

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