– – A Commonwealth report has revealed violence against women and girls costs Lesotho more than $113 million (about 1.9 billion Lesotho loti) a year. The report estimates the total cost, including loss of income and expenses associated with medical, legal and police support, equates to around 5.5 per cent of Lesotho’s gross domestic product (GDP). The cost of $113 million means each Lesotho citizen loses at least $50 every year to violence against women and girls. The cost of $113 million means each Lesotho citizen loses at least $50 every year…Read More
Lawmakers in Lesotho have been captured on videos and images fighting each other and vandalizing property in parliament. Videos and images of the MPs engaged in the brawl have gone viral on social media. The incident occurred during a debate over related to a long-running dispute over regulations controlling the sale of the produce from the country’s important wool and mohair industry. In October this year lawmakers called for the regulations to be repealed, giving the government seven days to come up with new regulations. But on Thursday when the…Read More
GREENBAY, WI (AGV): – Peace body has called on the new Lesotho government to comply with the country’s international and regional human rights obligations and commitments. It says the mountain kingdom must end the practice of arbitrary arrests, politically motivated prosecutions and take effective measures to end the practice of torture and other ill-treatments. New Prime Minister Tom Thabane will begin his duties on Saturday after being inaugurated following the defeat of former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisidi in this month’s polls.Read More
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