13 Dec 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: CHALLENGE TO EXECUTIVE POWER TO SENTENCE JUVENILES...

In Moyo v Republic, SALC is challenging in the Malawi Constitutional Court, Section 11(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act and Section 26 of the Malawi Penal Code, which grant the President of Malawi authority to sentence juveniles at his…

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13 Dec 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: UNITED NATIONS WORKING GROUP ON ARBITRARY DETENTION...

SALC will be submitting four cases to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) arguing that the applicants’ right to liberty and due process were violated. The applicants are four Malawian men between the ages of 13 and…

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13 Dec 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: CHALLENGING UNREASONABLE OR EXCESSIVE BAIL...

SALC has approached the Chief Justice of Malawi seeking constitutional certification in a case challenging the extortionate and arbitrary level at which bail has been set for two Malawian prisoners. SALC is arguing that given the socio-economic harship facing the…

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21 Nov 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: RIGHT TO BAIL FOR TERMINALLY ILL REMANDEES...

SALC is challenging the fact that terminally ill remandees have no opportunity to provide evidence to an independent arbiter on the state of their health. This presents a serious challenge to those hoping to have their health concerns addressed while…

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20 Nov 2010 Staff Writer
MALAWI: THE RIGHT TO BAIL AND UNREASONABLE DELAY BEFORE TRIAL...

In Mkula et al vs the Republic SALC advanced arguments that the length of detention of the applicants was in breach of their constitutional right to a trial within a reasonable period of time. This case concerned four applicants who…

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05 Oct 2010 Staff Writer
BOTSWANA: CONDOMS IN PRISON DEBATE RAGES...

The issue of whether to distribute condoms in prisons is a hot potato that has pitted the government against AIDS organisations. It has pitted Vice-President Mompati Merafhe, against the executive director of the Botswana Network on Ethics Law and HIV…

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03 Apr 2010 Staff Writer
IMPRISONED FOR NINE YEARS, DETAINEE DENIED BAIL...

The Malawi High Court has granted bail to three of four applicants SALC is representing in a case challenging unreasonable bail and detainment. However, the court refused to grant bail to the fourth detainee, who has been imprisoned for nine…

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14 Feb 2010 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: UNTIL PRISON US DO PART...

By The City Press   FOR some of us, our first recollection of Valentine’s Day is of some humiliating school-time ritual in which we had to watch our more fortunate peers receive the tokens sent to them by their admirers.…

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28 Aug 2009 Staff Writer
BREAKING NEWS: MALAWI’S CONSTITUTIONAL COURT HANDS DOWN EVANCE MOYO JUDGEMENT...

27 August 2009 – Malawi’s Constitutional Court has determined that the imprisonment of Evance Moyo, a juvenile at the time of his arrest, alongside adult prisoners in Chichiri prison from 1997 onwards, violated Moyo’s constitutional and international law rights and…

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02 Jun 2009 Staff Writer
SALC NEWS RELEASE: THULANI MASEKO, A PROMINENT HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER, HAS BEEN ARR...

Thulani Maseko, a prominent human rights lawyer, has been arrested and is currently in police custody. He was initially charged under Swaziland’s recently enacted Suppression of Terrorism Act, but now faces charges under the Sedition Act. Maseko is currently acting…

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19 May 2009 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: ZIMBABWE: TOP LAWYER’S ARREST SHOWS HOW FAR COUNTRY MUST STI...

Johannesburg — WHEN I travel in southern Africa meeting human rights lawyers and civil society activists, whose work often earns them the enmity of their governments, I play a rather perverse, fatalistic game with myself — weighing up which country,…

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