The OSISA Journalism Summer School is a response to the perceived multiple challenges confronting journalism and the media in Southern Africa.

SADC must act to end sham democracy

While many countries in Africa are contemplating ways in which to extend access to social protection for their citizens, the enjoyment of socio-economic rights by non-nationals receives scarce commentary. Despite the existence of international, continental and regional instruments and treaties that guarantee both access to socio-economic rights for all and equality within states of nationals and non-nationals, for many these rights remain paper rights.

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Tribunal is an international court that reinforces SADC and national law, as well as relevant international human rights instruments, and is accessible only after domestic remedies have been exhausted.

The Tribunal holds states, and SADC, accountable for their actions, thereby empowering citizens. It inspires confidence that investment in the region will be protected against any infringements.

OSISA also highlights Swaziland and SADC Tribunal

Boost to campaign to save southern Africa's regional court

As African human rights practitioners gather in Yamoussoukro to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), it is critical that they frankly and honestly discuss the track record of this supranational body in promoting and protecting human rights on the continent.

Despite its many challenges and numerous critics, the significance of the role played by the African Commission in the protection of human rights – particularly through its interpretation and enforcement of the African Charter – cannot be denied.

Groups request opinion on legality of Tribunal's suspension

On the 8th of February, Zimbabwe’s political principals - President Mugabe, Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara - met to discuss outstanding issues in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) ahead of a planned visit by SADC facilitator, President Zuma of South Africa. And the story that was given to the media after the lengthy discussion seemed very positive - on a host of issues from the constitution to elections to media reform to a land audit.

En marge du Sommet des peuples de la SADC, qui a eu lieu à Johannesburg en Août dernier, certains de nos partenaires de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) nous ont parlé du travail qu'ils accomplissent, du contexte dans lesquelles ils travaillent et de ce qui doit se passé. De leurs propre voix:

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