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Launch of major report on democracy in Malawi

27 March 2014

With national elections just a couple of months away, there could hardly be a better time for the launch of a major new report into democracy and political participation in Malawi.

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Victory for sexual and reproductive rights in Zimbabwe

25 March 2014

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe ruled today that the State was liable for failing to provide a rape survivor with emergency contraception and ordered the government to pay damages.

“The Supreme Court judgment is a...

Swaziland must release lawyer and editor

20 March 2014

Swaziland’s Chief Justice, Michael Ramodibedi, is under fire again – from all sides. And rightly so.

Once again, he has contravened the normal legal process, further undermining what remains of the rule of law in the country and violating people’s basic human rights.

The Chief Justice’s latest victims are...

Botswana must provide HIV treatment to all prisoners

18 March 2014

In another important legal victory for human rights in Botswana, the High Court in Gaborone yesterday ordered the government to provide HIV treatment to all non-citizen prisoners.

Prior to the court order, the government supplied non-citizen prisoners with treatment for opportunistic infections but not for HIV –...

Women to watch in SADC in 2014

10 March 2014

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has announced its inaugural Women to Watch to mark International Women’s Day, which is celebrated around the world on 8 March.

MISA is honoring 12 dynamic­­ and inspirational southern African women who embody both the official United Nations theme for International...

Malawi Election Information Centre website launch

07 March 2014

If you are a Malawian – or indeed anyone interested in the critically important elections in May – then there is one website you need to bookmark: the Malawi Election Information Centre.

The MEIC website has just been launched and...

Equator Prize for sustainable land management in Africa

06 March 2014

Spread the word – nominations are now open for the prestigious Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Almost anyone running successful SLM projects at the...

Katanga sinking deeper into chaos

03 March 2014

IRIN - The row over how to patch up the severed highway was heating up. With truck crews close to blows over who should lay the massive rocks into the mud that had halted traffic for a week, one driver...

Big boost for free speech in Zambia

25 February 2014

Court dismisses case against HIVactivist Paul Kasonkomona

After a lengthy legal process, the renowned Zambian human rights and HIV activist, Paul Kasonkomona, was acquitted today by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to comments he made on television in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Gogo's village of rape

19 February 2014

Although over the last years, South African communities have increasingly recognized the severity of the physical and psychological scars that rape leaves with a victim and their community, there is a false impression by communities and police that efforts to curb rape are adequate. These...

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