24 Jan 2017 Staff Writer
Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals: Perspectives from judges and lawye...

Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seeks to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. During 2016, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre,…

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09 Dec 2016 Staff Writer
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: SALC LOOKS BACK ON KEY DEVELOPMENTS AND CHALLENG...

Every year, on 10 December, the world celebrates International Human Rights Day – the day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The celebrations recognise the commitment by nations in…

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28 Sep 2016 Staff Writer
Swaziland: Challenging the Suppression of Terrorism and Subversive Activities Ac...

  Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini were arrested on 1 May 2014 after participating in a May Day gathering in Manzini. Masuku spoke at the gathering and Dlamini participated in the singing of songs, and both used the gathering to…

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28 Sep 2016 Caroline James
INTERNATIONAL RIGHT TO KNOW DAY – 28 SEPTEMBER 2016...

28 September is the International Right to Know Day. The right to know encompasses the rights to access to information and expression, and contributes to fostering a society and government based on the values of openness, transparency and accountability. The…

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24 Sep 2016 Staff Writer
The LEGABIBO case: A victory for the right to freedom of association...

In March 2016, the Botswana Court of Appeal ruled that the government's refusal to register an LGBT organisation unconstitutional. This ground-breaking case created important precedent on the right to freedom of association, and the right of LGBT persons to advocate…

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23 Sep 2016 Staff Writer
SALC Litigation Manual: Litigating cases on freedom of expression...

This manual is a resource for private and public lawyers in southern Africa who are litigating cases in domestic courts challenging laws, policies and practices involving freedom of expression. The manual discusses the use of foreign and international law in…

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16 Sep 2016 Staff Writer
Swaziland: Activists challenge constitutionality of the Sedition and Subversive ...

SALC is supporting three individuals who were charged with sedition for allegedly participating in a march that encouraged Swazis to boycott the 2013 national elections. The definition of seditious intention in the Sedition and Subversive Activities Act is extremely broad…

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07 Sep 2016 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: DISMISS GWANDA’S CHALLENGE ON VAGABOND LAW, STATE ASKS MALAW...

2 September 2016 Attorney General’s office has asked the Constitutional Court to throw out an application by Blantyre-based vendor Mayeso Gwanda who is challenging  the constitutionality of the rogues and vagabonds law in an attempt to have it abolished. Section…

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31 Aug 2016 Staff Writer
MEDIA ADVISORY: MALAWI HIGH COURT TO HEAR CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE TO THE OFFENC...

Blantyre-On 1 September 2016, a three-member bench of the High Court of Malawi will hear arguments on the constitutionality of section 184(1)(c) of the Penal Code. The applicant is a street vendor by trade and was arrested on his way…

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19 Jul 2016 Caroline James
BASILDON PETA APPEARING IN COURT IN LESOTHO AMIDST SECURITY CONCERNS...

Mr Basildon Peta, the publisher of the Lesotho Times newspaper, is due to appear in the Maseru Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 19 July 2016. On 5 July 2016, Mr Peta was arrested and charged with criminal defamation and crimen injuria. The…

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15 Jul 2016 Staff Writer
News Release: Charges dropped against Angolan activist Arão Bula Tempo as court...

Earlier this week, an Angolan court dropped all criminal charges against Angolan rights activist Arão Bula Tempo due to lack of evidence to support the charges. Mr Tempo and another human rights defender, co-accused José Marcos Mavungo, were detained on…

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12 Jul 2016 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
Joint Civil Society Statement: Lesotho Authorities must protect the Right to Fre...

The undersigned organisations condemn the increasing acts of harassment and intimidation against journalists in Lesotho, exemplified by the recent attack against the editor of the Lesotho Times newspaper and the institution of criminal defamation charges against its publishers. We call…

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