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Exposing Botswana's gas plans

17 November 2013

Botswana has been accused of sacrificing the Kalahari, one of the world's most precious wildlife reserves, to commercial fracking while ignoring the environmental risks and local communities who could lose access to...

Community radio stations empowering citizens

14 November 2013

Panos project turning stations into real agents of change

Almost everyone believes that community radio stations in southern Africa have the potential to play a major role in boosting local development, democracy and the promotion of human rights. The question has always been – how to harness the potential,...

Battle lines drawn over Zambia constitution

11 November 2013

Zambia’s long, drawn-out constitutional drafting process just got very, very interesting.

In a stunning move, the Technical Committee tasked with completing the final draft of the new constitution has refused to sign its final report after the government ordered it to hand the final...

African Commission condemns coerced sterilisation of HIV+ women

06 November 2013

In a landmark pronouncement for women’s rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has condemned the coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV as a blatant violation of their fundamental rights, which are guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and...

Apply for Masters in Public Admin at CEU

05 November 2013

Anyone seriously interested in studying Public Administration should consider the Masters course at the School of Public Policy (SPP) at the Central European University (CEU)

The two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA)...

Swiss firm alleged to have laundered pillaged DRC gold

04 November 2013

On 1 November 2013, TRIAL (Track Impunity Always) filed a criminal complaint to the Swiss Federal Prosecutor against the Swiss precious metals refinery Argor-Heraeus SA for allegedly laundering gold pillaged from the Democratic Republic of...

SA Supreme Court hears Zimbabwe torture case

04 November 2013

On Friday 1st November, a full bench of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) heard oral argument in the case brought by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC...

Malawi High Court to review sodomy laws

04 November 2013

In a surprising – and potentially game-changing – step, the Malawi High Court has decided to review the constitutionality of the country’s ‘sodomy’ laws, which criminalise consensual sexual activity between individuals of the same sex.

Announced in an advert in the Nation...

Swaziland under fire at the African Commission

29 October 2013

The government of Swaziland and the country’s absolutist monarchical system has once again come under fire at the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in Banjul....

Boost for better governance of extractive sector

23 October 2013

Few people may have noticed but a potentially game-changing decision was taken on Tuesday in the Tanzanian town of Arusha by the Southern African Development Community-Parliamentary Forum...

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