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Richard Lee | May 07th, 2013

And so it came to pass. After weeks of hate speech and ‘gay-bashing’ by homophobic politicians and religious leaders, two men have been arrested in Zambia for the ‘sin’ of being gay. Ever since Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu launched into his latest anti-homosexual...

Ntibinyane Ntib... | May 05th, 2013

Three years ago, political pundits were confidently penning the ruling Botswana Democratic Party’s obituary. Having ruled Botswana since 1965, the BDP was undergoing a major split – a split that was so serious and so messy that many thought it would be close to...

Gwen Lister | May 04th, 2013

One thing is for sure. It is still not easy to be gay in Africa. Even against the background of growing acceptance and acknowledgement of human rights across the continent, the topic of homosexuality remains beyond the pale. And when it is discussed, it inevitably gets...

Saname Oftadeh | May 04th, 2013

Money laundering and tax fraud have become particularly unpalatable, and sometimes embarrassing, to European governments struggling to reduce their deficits.

Mantoe Phakathi | May 03rd, 2013

The recent conviction of the Nation Magazine and its editor, Bheki Makhubu, for criminal contempt of court proves just how desperate King Mswati’s regime is to maintain the status quo in Swaziland. High Court Judge Bheki Maphalala issued the verdict that sent shock waves...

Gilbert Sendugwa | Apr 29th, 2013

There has been an explosion in access to information legislation since the turn of the millennium with an unprecedented number of right to information laws being adopted. Worldwide there were just 12 laws in place at the beginning of 2000 but by the end of the...

Anneke Meerkotter | Apr 25th, 2013

In February 2012, a small group of people tried to register an independent organisation in Botswana. The objectives of the organisation are to promote the universality of human rights in Botswana and to encourage the provision of health services without discrimination....

Chivuli Ukwimi | Apr 23rd, 2013

A week after the European Union called for proposals from organisations in Zambia working on human rights, including the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals, the Minister of Home Affairs, Edgar Lungu, stated in an interview that...

Richard Lee | Apr 16th, 2013

Angolan anti-corruption campaigners are taking legal action in Switzerland and Angola over a debt deal with Russia that robbed the country of over US$700 million. Some of the money was diverted into the pockets of President dos Santos and other Angolan officials.

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Ozias Tungwarara | Apr 11th, 2013

The recent outbreak of violence in Mozambique, widely suspected to be the work of RENAMO, is deeply worrying not only for Mozambique but the whole sub-region. Already calls are being made for SADC and AU to engage with the deteriorating situation after four policemen and...

Wongani Grace Nkhoma | Apr 10th, 2013

Leymar is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo living in South Africa. Like many other refugee children, Leymar – which is not his real name – does not go to school. He does not have the necessary papers to register at the local school and language is another...

Kambale Musavuli | Mar 26th, 2013

The International Criminal Court has taken into custody war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda, who was wanted by the ICC on seven counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He is the first suspect to...

Nicole Fritz | Mar 19th, 2013

“You know this has to be done, somebody has to do it, and why shouldn’t it be you?” That is Zimbabwe’s most prominent human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa’s matter-of-fact explanation for why she does the work does.

Some might say that doing the same thing over...

Justine Ngulube | Mar 18th, 2013

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have achieved much for children all over the world. By helping to channel political commitment and investments, they have contributed to reducing child mortality and increasing educational enrolment. But with the MDGs due to expire...

Percy Makombe | Mar 17th, 2013

Zimbabweans have finally been given the opportunity to vote on a new Constitution but it has taken five long years since the Global Political Agreement (GPA) was signed. It really has been a Hard Road to Reform – the very apt title of a new book analysing developments...

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