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Richard Lee | Aug 04th, 2011

Don’t be fooled for a second by Pravin Gordhan’s talk about the governance conditions attached to South Africa’s ‘bailout for Swaziland’. He’s not. He knows that the conditions are not worth the paper they’re written on – if indeed they were signed with anything more than a friendly...

Louise Olivier | Aug 02nd, 2011

What do a lawyer from the attorney general’s office in Angola, the president of the Mozambican Bar Association, the dean of law at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo and a university lecturer from Sao Tome and Principe all have in common other than being from...

Sisonke Msimang | Aug 01st, 2011

In 2008 I was appointed as the director of OSISA - a fairly large funding and advocacy organisation. With a staff of 60 and a budget of about R180-million, I was more than a little intimidated. I was younger than my colleagues in senior management and had just had a baby. And, of course, I...

Louise Olivier | Jul 31st, 2011

As 17 judges from 13 regional districts in Mozambique meet in Pemba for a two day workshop on international criminal justice, the international criticism of arguably the world's most senior IJ prosecutor, Luis Morena Ocampo, intensifies.

Delme Cupido | Jul 22nd, 2011

A Khwe community living in Namibia's Western Caprivi region has been threatened by the Namibian police with unlawful eviction from the houses they occupy. They currently live in Omega 1 - a former army base set aside for the San, mainly Khwe, by the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, which...

Richard Lee | Jul 20th, 2011

Have you ever wondered whether simple pain treatment is readily available around the world? Shockingly, in most countries it isn't. Indeed, more than half the countries in the world have little to no access to morphine, the gold standard for treating medical pain -...

Ozias Tungwarara | Jul 15th, 2011

Another strike, another big stink? The South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) is threatening to go on strike next week. This after president Jacob Zuma forgot to consult the 220,000 member union before signing the Municipal Systems Amdendment Bill into law. Not that the president...

Vicci Tallis | Jul 15th, 2011

Clinical trials show pill can prevent HIV infection, Results from two trials that took place in three African countries (Botswana, Kenya and Uganda) have shown that HIV treatment drugs, taken daily by people who are HIV negative can reduce the chances of infection by up to 50%. The drugs,...

Delme Cupido | Jul 06th, 2011

Landmark judgement gives hope to all marginalised groups in southern Africa, In recent years, courts in southern Africa have obstinately avoided referencing progressive international laws and treaties in their judgements. This has largely been a function of the growing...

Sisonke Msimang | Jul 06th, 2011

Swaziland’s King Mswati snagged a ticket to the royal wedding, and went to London with an entourage of 50 people to enjoy the festivities. I must admit, the King gets full marks from me for crassness — 70 percent of Mswati’s subjects live below the poverty line, and the nation is facing a...

Richard Lee | Jul 06th, 2011

As a Zimbabwean now living in South Africa, I look with alarm at the violations of the rule of law that ZANU-PF seems intent on exporting from Zimbabwe to the region. I left Zimbabwe in January 2006 to pursue further studies at the University of Pretoria. At the time I was working as a...

Richard Lee | Jul 06th, 2011

She had heard the rumours - the hurried warnings that soldiers were out for revenge. One of their own had been killed. Now it was time for the citizens they were meant to be protecting to pay the price. The soldiers’ currency – murder, rape and pillage. But she had nowhere to go. Alone with...

Richard Lee | Jun 20th, 2011

Landmark decision allows case against Anvil Mining to proceed

The Superior Court of Quebec ruled on 27th April 2011 that the case against Canadian corporation Anvil Mining Limited in relation to alleged involvement in a 2004 massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) can...

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