Lesotho Chieftainship Case Goes to the African Commission

Lesotho9 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.

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Bail application in Zambian ‘Carnal Knowledge’ case must proceed, say SALC and OSISA

ZAMBIAN HIGH COURT MUST PROCEED WITH BAIL APPLICATION
FOR ACCUSED IN ‘CARNAL KNOWLEDGE CASE’, SAY SALC AND OSISA

Zambia  Bail Denied
Johannesburg, 14 October 2013 – The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) have expressed their deep concern at the Zambia High Court’s delay in hearing the bail application of the two Kapiri men accused of ‘unlawful carnal knowledge’, who have been in detention since May 2013.

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War criminals can’t hide behind confidentiality clause in refugee law says SA Constitutional Court

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Constitutional Court ruled today in Mail and Guardian Media Limited and others v Chipu NO and others that provisions contained in the Refugee Act providing for absolute confidentiality in the context of refugee applications are unconstitutional and invalid being an unreasonable limitation on the right to freedom of expression.

In reaching this finding, the court placed reliance on arguments made by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), acting as friend of the court, that absolute confidentiality could serve to shield war criminals from accountability.

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PERSECUTION OF RALPH KASAMBARA ACCELERATES SLIDE TOWARDS A POLICE STATE IN MALAWI

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE OPEN SOCIETY INITIATIVE FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA (OSISA) AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICA LITIGATION CENTRE (SALC)

former Attorney-General, Ralph KasambaraJohannesburg: The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) condemn this week’s persecution of Malawi’s former Attorney-General, Ralph Kasambara, and express alarm at the country’s continuing slide away from established principles of democracy and rule of law.

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