10 Dec 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Reflection on the Closing of Civic Spaces in Southern Africa...

From 14 to 16 November 2018, 100 human rights defenders from across Southern Africa met to discuss the closing of civic spaces in the region. The Summit noted points for activism to ensure that human rights defenders are able to…

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06 Dec 2018 Staff Writer
News Release: Botswana High Court sets Hearing Date on Constitutionality of Offe...

A full bench of the Botswana High Court, sitting before the Honourable Judge A.B Tafa, the Honourable Judge M. Leburu and the Honourable Judge J. Dube has ordered that the hearing challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a), 164(c) and 167…

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30 Nov 2018 Staff Writer
Official registration of key populations organizations opens doors for funding a...

Local community groups working with populations vulnerable to HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa are making inroads into obtaining official recognition by their governments, which is expanding opportunities for increased funding and ensuring a more substantial, and needed, role in national HIV…

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23 Nov 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
ZAMBIA: DEFENDING ACTIVIST ON CONTEMPT OF COURT CHARGES...

Factual Background On 13 March 2018, the Supreme Court of Zambia gave a final judgment in the case of Savenda Management Services v Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited. Prior to that, the case had been heard in the High Court and…

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19 Nov 2018 Staff Writer
CSO STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI...

FOCUSSING ON CIVIL, POLITICAL and ECONOMIC RIGHTS Presented at the 63rd session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights Chair, honourable Commissioners of the AComHPR, State delegates, representatives of National Human Rights Institutions, members of Civil Society Organisations…

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13 Nov 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Publication: Reflecting on the Closing of Civic Spaces in Southern Africa...

Reflecting on the Closing of Civic Spaces and its Impact on Marginalised Groups in Southern Africa 2018 marks the 20th anniversary since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the landmark Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and…

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26 Oct 2018 Staff Writer
CSO recommendation to reconsider Egypt as host state for the 64th Ordinary Sessi...

A letter to the Chair of African Commission on Human and People's Rights on CSO's recommendation to reconsider Egypt as host state for the 64th Ordinary Session. Find the letter here.

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22 Oct 2018 Staff Writer
African Commission: Human Rights in an Absolute Monarchy...

On 25 October, SALC and partner organisations working in Eswatini to hold discussions on the situation of human rights in an Absolute monarchy. The event will take place at the Kairaba beach hotel, Banjul, Gambia at the margins of the…

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01 Oct 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Eswatini: Right to freedom of assembly...

Factual Background The Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) organized a country wide protest that was to occur on 17, 18, and 19 September 2018. It was to be held in four locations: Mbabane, Manzini, Nhlangano and Siteki. On 10…

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26 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
Joint CSO Eswatini elections statement...

Elections took place in Eswatini on the 21 September. According to both the African Union Observer Mission (AUEOM) and SADC Observer Mission (SEOM) preliminary statements, the electoral process was conducted in a generally calm and peaceful environment. While the AU…

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25 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
Mozambique: Mandates of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection o...

The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and on the situation of human rights defenders' communication to the Mozambican Government on the case of Mr. Ericino de Salema and other journalists and human rights…

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21 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
SALC in the news: Polls open in eSwatini, where king has absolute rule...

The DW A country with no political parties and an absolute monarch, critics have called eSwatini's elections a sham. Authorities claim the polls "preserve its very rich cultures and traditions." The tiny African kingdom of eSwatini, formerly Swaziland, was headed…

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