28 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
Protection Frameworks for Refugees and Migrants in Southern Africa...

States guarantee basic human rights and ensure physical security for their citizens. However, when people become refugees these protections disappear. Refugees fleeing war or persecution become incredibly vulnerable. They lose the protection of their own state and often it is…

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19 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
MEDIA ADVISORY: LESOTHO JOURNALIST CHALLENGES OFFENCE OF CRIMINAL DEFAMATION IN ...

Maseru, Lesotho – On Monday 19 February 2018, the Lesotho Constitutional Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the offence of criminal defamation. The case is brought by Basildon Peta, who was charged with the offence of criminal defamation…

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05 Feb 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Botswana: Challenge to the offence of sedition...

In September 2014, a warrant of arrest was issued for Botswana journalist, Outsa Makone, charging him with sedition after the publication of an article in the Sunday Standard on 31 August 2014, entitled "President hit in car while driving alone…

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18 Jan 2018 Staff Writer
ZIMBABWE: CHALLENGING THE DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF ZIMBABWEANS IN THE DIASPORA...

Shumba & Others v Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs & Others SALC supported three members of the Zimbabwe Diaspora, represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, who challenged the provisions of the Electoral Act which prohibit Zimbabweans who…

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08 Jan 2018 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: BOTSWANA REGISTRAR CHANGES TRANSGENDER MAN’S IDENTITY DOCUMENT F...

The Registrar of National Registration of Botswana has issued a transgender man a new identity document that correctly reflects his male gender identity. Previously, the High Court of Botswana in a case of ND v Attorney General of Botswana and…

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21 Dec 2017 Anneke Meerkotter
Malawi: Challenging refusal of admission to school...

Factual Background The applicant was refused enrolment at a school on the basis that he had dreadlocks. Over the years, there have been a number of reports of schools refusing registration in cases where Rastafari children had dreadlocks, students wore…

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05 Dec 2017 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: BOTSWANA REGISTRAR AGREES TO CHANGE GENDER MARKER FROM FEMALE TO M...

On 4 December 2017, the Registrar of National Registration of Botswana in the case of ND v Attorney General of Botswana and others agreed to issue the applicant with a new identity document that reflects his male gender identity on…

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28 Nov 2017 Anneke Meerkotter
Zimbabwe: Protecting marginalised groups’ right to assembly...

On 28 November 2017, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe set aside the decision of the High Court of Zimbabwe, in which the High Court refused the Sexual Rights Centre (SRC) in Bulawayo the right to hold a peaceful demonstration. The…

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21 Nov 2017 Tashwill Esterhuizen
SALC IN THE NEWS: PROGRESSIVE BOTSWANA COURT AFFIRMS THAT LEGAL RECOGNITION OF G...

The Daily Maverick Tashwill Esterhuizen For the second time in two years, the Botswana courts have shown themselves to be champions of jurisprudence which acknowledges the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their right to equal protection…

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07 Nov 2017 Staff Writer
STATEMENT: 61ST ORDINARY SESSION OF THE AFRICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN AND PEOPLE...

SALC is attending the 61st  Ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights in Banjul, Republic of the Gambia. The organisation, yesterday, made submissions on freedom of expression in Lesotho and Tanzania highlighting critical concern relating to freedom of press and…

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30 Oct 2017 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: ZIMBABWE: WHAT HOPE FOR DIASPORA VOTE IN 2018 ELECTIONS?...

The Daily Maverick In the past the constitution of Zimbabwe and other legal instruments were not providing for Zimbabweans abroad to vote. However, the 2013 Constitution makes provision for a diaspora vote but unfortunately the country is still to align…

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24 Oct 2017 Staff Writer
STATEMENT: PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF TANZANIA...

We call on the Government of Tanzania to Respect, Promote and Protect Legal Practitioners and Human Rights Defenders From All Forms Of Threats, Harassment And Intimidation Human rights defenders standing in solidarity with the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network…

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