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South Africa: A safe haven for perpetrators of international crimes?

Mail & Guardian 12 November 2021 Atilla Kisla The Office of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) visited Pretoria on 8 and 9 November to meet representatives of the South African departments of home affairs, police, justice and international relations. The IRMCT was mandated by the…
Staff Writer
15 Nov 2021
Children's RightsMalawiNewsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

News Release: Malawi Constitutional Court to hear challenge to use of defilement offence against adolescents engaging in consensual sex

Blantyre, 29 October 2021 - The Chief Justice, Honourable Justice A.K.C. Nyirenda has certified as a constitutional matter, the case of AJ v State, in which a 15-year old boy was charged with the offence of defilement for having a consensual sexual relationship with a 13 year old girl. The…
Staff Writer
29 Oct 2021
BlogHealth Rights

Mental Health in an Unequal World

10 October 2021 marks World Mental Health day. The World Federation for mental health has themed this year’s event “Mental Health in an Unequal World”. Mental health conditions can substantially affect all areas of life, such as school or work performance, relationships with friends and family, and the ability to…
Thabo Buthelezi
10 Oct 2021
BlogDemocratic Republic of CongoEswatiniFreedom of Expression, Assembly and Association

STATEMENT: CONCERN AS STATES CONTINUE TO USE TERRORISM LAWS TO INHIBIT FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION

As the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) joins the world in commemorating the International Day for Universal Access to Information, SALC condemns the increased use of 'terrorism' laws to crackdown on freedom of expression and access to information in Africa. Arrests of the media and civil society actors under trumped-up…
Staff Writer
27 Sep 2021
International Criminal JusticeNewsSouth Africa

News Release: Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa dismisses Kouwenhoven’s appeal in two matters

On 22 September 2021, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down two judgments in the matter Kouwenhoven v Minister of Police and Others and Kouwenhoven v Director of Public Prosecutions, Western Cape and Others relating to the extradition proceedings of Augustinus Petrus Maria Kouwenhoven (Kouwenhoven). Kouwenhoven is a Dutch…
Staff Writer
22 Sep 2021