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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 its laws to the supreme law. By SALLY NYAKANYANGA. Last…
Staff Writer
30 Oct 2017
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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 for law reform. The court confirmed that human rights are…
Staff Writer
24 Sep 2016
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News Release: Charges dropped against Angolan activist Arão Bula Tempo as court concludes lack of evidence

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 14 March 2015 for alleged involvement in the organisation of…
Staff Writer
15 Jul 2016
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Joint Civil Society Statement: Lesotho Authorities must protect the Right to Freedom of Expression

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 on the Lesotho authorities to take effective measures to protect…
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Joint Statement: Sudan blocks civil society participation in un-led Human Rights review

The efforts of the Government of Sudan to obstruct the engagement of civil society activists in a United Nations (UN)-led human rights review of the country is unacceptable and shows blatant contempt not just for human rights defenders in Sudan, but to human rights standards and the UN Human Rights…
Staff Writer
1 Apr 2016
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News Release: Swaziland High Court strikes down provisions of the sedition and subversive activities and suppression of terrorism acts

On 16 September 2016, the High Court in Swaziland declared a number of provisions in the Sedition and Subversive Activities and Suppression of Terrorism Acts invalid. In a majority decision, Judges Annandale and Mamba held that the provisions relating to the definition of the offences of sedition, subversion and terrorism…
Staff Writer
22 Mar 2016