Lesotho Chieftainship Case Goes to the African Commission

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,... Read More

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

ZAMBIAN HIGH COURT MUST PROCEED WITH BAIL APPLICATIONFOR ACCUSED IN ‘CARNAL KNOWLEDGE CASE’, SAY SALC AND OSISA 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... Read More

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... Read More


JOINT STATEMENT BY THE OPEN SOCIETY INITIATIVE FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA (OSISA) AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICA LITIGATION CENTRE (SALC) Johannesburg: 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... Read More