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International Criminal Justice

SALC’s International Criminal Justice programme has the following objectives:

  • To raise regional awareness about the domestication of the ICC Convention and to promote accountability for crimes against humanity at domestic levels through strategic litigation.
  • To improve understanding of the ICC and its mandate whilst supporting domestic and regional accountability mechanisms.
  • To litigate at domestic levels to establish jurisprudence on universal jurisdiction.
  • To litigate at domestic levels against corporate complicity in violations of international law and human rights.
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International Criminal JusticeNewsSADCSouth Africa

SALC CONDEMNS THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT’S THREATS TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) expresses its disappointment and condemns the remarks made by the United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo on 17 March 2020, concerning the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate crimes committed in Afghanistan. The Secretary of State alluded to the possibility…
Staff Writer
30 Mar 2020
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeSouth Africa

Why is South Africa providing a haven for an arms dealer convicted of war crimes?

Daily Maverick, 18 March 2020 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh is executive director, Southern Africa Litigation Centre. Andrew Feinstein is a former ANC MP and executive director Shadow World Investigations. Dutch war criminal and arms trafficker Guus Kouwenhoven has found a haven in South Africa following a controversial failed extradition process. Now the…
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeSouth Africa

South Africa, Apartheid, Crimes against humanity and the Rule of Law: Quo Vadis?

The Daily Maverick 21 February 2020 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh South Africa is a young democracy, but the unfinished business of apartheid remains a pressing priority for the state. South Africa’s embarrassing and often unlawful stance on international crimes has received worldwide attention. Apartheid (Afrikaans for “separateness”) describes the system that committed acts…
Staff Writer
21 Feb 2020
International Criminal JusticeOngoing casesRule of LawSouth Africa

REVOCATION OF VISA TO A CONVICTED DUTCH WAR CRIMINAL: AUGUSTINUS MARIA KOUWENHOVEN

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has filed an application requesting the Western Cape High Court to cancel the visa of convicted arms trafficker and war criminal Augustinus Maria Kouwenhoven. Kouwenhoven has been resident in South Africa since December 2016. He was convicted of arms trafficking to Liberia during the presidency…
Staff Writer
4 Dec 2019
International Criminal JusticeNewsOngoing casesSouth Africa

SALC seeks cancellation of visa of convicted Dutch war criminal and fugitive from justice, Guus Kouvenhowen

SALC has filed an application to cancel the visa of convicted Dutch war criminal and fugitive from justice, Guus Kouvenhowen. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has filed an application requesting the Western Cape High Court to cancel the visa of convicted arms trafficker and war criminal Guus Kouwenhoven. He has…
Freedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationInternational Criminal JusticeNewsZimbabwe

Media statement: Zimbabwe Republic Police are refusing to allow Dr Peter Magombeyi to leave Zimbabwe in order to seek medical treatment following his recent abduction

SALC is concerned about the failure of the Zimbabwe government to abide by an order of the High Court. This follows the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s (ZRP) repeated refusals to permit Dr Magombeyi to leave the country in order to seek medical treatment. Their conduct amounts to contempt of court and…
International Criminal JusticeNewsRule of LawSADC

News Release: SALC commends the President of South Africa for withdrawing his signature from the 2014 SADC Tribunal Protocol thereby recognising and supporting the rule of law

The President of the Republic South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has officially withdrawn his signature from the 2014 SADC Protocol which establishes the SADC Tribunal. Notice of the withdrawal can be found in paragraph 20 of the Communique_of_the_39th_SADC_Summit which was held in Tanzania in August 2019. The withdrawal of the President’s…
Staff Writer
21 Aug 2019
International Criminal JusticeNewsSouth Africa

Statement: Johannesburg High Court dismisses apartheid police officer’s application to cease prosecution

Big day for international justice: Johannesburg High Court dismisses apartheid police officer’s application to cease prosecution The High Court on the 3rd of June delivered its finding in the criminal case of Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions (case number: 76755/18).  The matter was argued on the 28th and…
Staff Writer
3 Jun 2019