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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14 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
Statement: Launch of research report on “The alignment of Eswatini’s...

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre released a report on "The Alignment of Eswatini's Domestic law with recommendations of United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms" in Mbabane on the 13th of September 2018. The report was drafted with support from the European…

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25 Aug 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Eswatini: Challenging Limitations to the Right to Associate during Elections...

On 26 August 2018, a 26-day campaign period that culminates in the secondary elections to be held on 21 September 2018 began. It is in respect of this campaign period that an application for an interim interdict was brought in…

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19 Aug 2018 Staff Writer
Swaziland: eSwatini’s tinkhundla-based electoral system to be tested in potent...

With only about a month to polls, an eSwatini (Swaziland) political party is going to court to fight for the right of individuals running in the absolute monarchy’s unusually apolitical elections to openly and freely associate with the party of…

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25 Jul 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Eswatini: Challenging the extensive use of prerogative powers...

On 19 April 2018, the King of Swaziland publicly announced his decision to change the name of the country from the Kingdom of Swaziland to the Kingdom of Eswatini. The announcement was followed by the issuing of Legal Notice No. 80…

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03 Jul 2018 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: Veritas v. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission & 2 Others...

On 27th June 2018, the High Court of Zimbabwe handed down judgment and dismissed the constitutional challenge brought in Veritas v. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission & 2 Others. The applicant, Veritas, challenged the constitutionality of several sections of the Electoral Act…

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02 Jul 2018 Staff Writer
ZIMBABWE: CHALLENGING LIMITS ON VOTER EDUCATION...

Veritas v. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission & 2 Others SALC is providing support to Veritas, a non-profit organisation based in Zimbabwe which provides publicly accessible information on the work of the Parliament of Zimbabwe and the laws of Zimbabwe. In this…

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25 Jun 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Botswana: Supporting amicus curiae in challenge to publication offence...

The case of Attorney General v Tsodilo Services (Pty) Ltd t/a The Sunday Standard and Outsa Mokone (Media Institute of Southern Africa-Botswana as amicus curiae), is currently pending before the Lobatse High Court in Botswana. The case concerns the constitutionality of…

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