Landmark Ruling on Indigenous Land Rights

The Human Rights Watch (HRW), WITNESS and the Endorois lawyers have described a ruling by the African Commission on Human and People's Rights condemning the expulsion of the Endorois people from their land in Kenya as a major victory for indigenous peoples across Africa.

The Commission ruled that the Endorois' eviction from their traditional land for tourism development violated their human rights.

Namibian Elections: Why the Results are Disputed

The controversy surrounding the voters’ register and a pending court case in which opposition parties dispute the outcome of the November 2009 presidential and national assembly election results in Namibia, is bad news for democracy in that country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and for the African continent in general.

Malawi Criticised for Jailing Gay Couple

Press Release

28 January 2010

Over forty African civil society organizations, in a statement released today, expressed their deep concern at the imprisonment and prosecution of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga under provisions of Malawi’s penal code criminalizing private sexual behavior.  They called on the Malawian government to drop all charges against both individuals and repeal the discriminatory criminal law. 

HRW Criticises Impunity and Violence

Impunity for past electoral violence is a major barrier to a free and fair election in Uganda in 2011, according to a summary of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

The report points out that the perpetrators from all sides of the political spectrum have very rarely faced justice for crimes committed in past elections.

It further states that those responsible for earlier offences, as well as those contemplating crimes, will feel unconstrained in future elections barring new measures and increased enforcement.

Xenophobic Violence on the Horizon

The fears come after Atteridgeville residents attacked two Somali spaza shops on Monday night.

The attacks occurred after security workers, contracted by the Tshwane Metro Council, tore down 550 shacks at Itireleng settlement, next to Laudium, on Monday.

The shacks were demolished after the landowners, Pretoria Portland Cement, obtained a court order in December to have the land invaders evicted.

EFJ Welcomes "Landmark" Victory for Media Freedom

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today welcomed the victory of journalist Pennie Quinton and member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), an EFJ affiliate, following the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights which upheld her complaint against the use of terror laws to stop and search people without grounds for suspicion.

The European Court of Human Rights today ruled that powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 to stop and search people without grounds for suspicion violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

NGO Calls on Guinea to Release Activist

A prominent human-rights leader is still behind bars in Guinea, almost two weeks after special service agents detained him.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for the immediate release of Mouctar Diallo, a human-rights activist imprisoned in the Guinean capital Conakry.

Human Rights Watch West Africa Researcher, Corinne Dufka, says the ruling National Council for Democracy and Development wants to silence political opposition.

Goldstone Wins Stockholm Human Rights Award

Richard Goldstone, the South African jurist and author of a United Nations (UN) report which accuses Israel of committing war crimes during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip last winter, will receive the Stockholm Human Rights Award.

The International Legal Assistance Consortium, a Sweden-based umbrella group of NGOs which oversees the awarding of the prize, says that Goldstone has made an outstanding career in the promotion of the rule of law and human rights in South Africa and during the last 15 years in various highly prestigious international fora.

Countries Struggling with Migrants – IOM Report

Zimbabwean migration blurs the line between refugees and economic migrants, according to a report by the Forced Migration Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The study looks into the official responses to Zimbabwean migration in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique and found that they failed to take this distinction into account.

Shoot to Kill: A Camouflaged Revival of the Death Penalty and Reversal of the Bill of Rights?

The level of crime in South Africa has evidently sent government into emotional bewilderment. This is more so as a result of the violent crimes whose perpetrators are apparently merciless and recognise no boundary. Everyone, excluding the perpetrators and those with whom they act in cahoots, is under siege. Obviously any responsible government would want to do something to curb or rid its population of such a scourge. Taking the fight to the criminals! The question is how?


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