In response to the release on “open arrest” today of the final seven Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) members detained on mutiny charges since 2015, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena said: “Today’s release of the seven members of the Lesotho Defence Force, after almost two years in detention without trial on mutiny charges, is a long overdue step.Read More
9 September 2014, Maseru–Today, Senate Masupha, the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Lesotho) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) submitted a complaint to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) challenging a law providing for male-only succession to chieftainship in Lesotho.
Masupha, the first born child of a chief, is challenging section 10 of the Chieftainship Act, which denies daughters the ability to succeed to the office of chief solely on the basis of their gender. She challenged the law in the Lesotho Constitutional Court and Court of Appeal arguing that denying her the ability to succeed to chieftainship solely because she is a woman violated her constitutional rights.Read More
Johannesburg, 27 August – The Lesotho Constitutional Court will hear arguments today and tomorrow in a landmark discrimination case challenging legislation that only permits men to become chiefs.
“The time has come to end discrimination against women in Lesotho. A number of courts in the region have struck down laws that explicitly deny women the right to succeed to chieftainship and Lesotho needs to do the same,” stated Priti Patel, Deputy Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC).Read More