constitution

Ban on Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Welcomed

The joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed the decision of Uganda's Constitutional Court to strike down a law banning the promotion of homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment.
 
The anti-gay legislation was deemed null and void by the court on the technicality that it was not passed by a required parliamentary quorum.
 

No Gay Rights' Echos State - Minister

Zambia has reiterated its position not to recognise gay rights, saying that ‘gaysm’ runs counter to the country’s culture and is an affront to the Constitution which recognises the country as a Christian Nation.

The country’s foreign affairs deputy minister, Gabriel Namulambe, who also urged foreign missions accredited to Zambia to respect the views of the country about gay rights, says the country will abide by Christian values.

SANEF: Info Bill Must Go to ConCourt

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) calls for the Protection of State Information Bill to be sent to the Constitutional Court for ratification before it is signed into law.

In a statement to mark International Press Freedom Day, SANEF’s chairperson, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, says a public interest defence clause in the Bill would truly enhance the ability of media to assist in the fight against corruption.

Bill Raises Gay Alarm

The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill has been criticised in Parliament for not making provision for the advancement of gays and lesbians in the workplace.

This emerged on 30 January 2014 during the second day of public hearings on the bill, which is being sponsored by the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.

In its submission, the Legal Resources Centre argues that the bill should not limit issues of gender equality and inequality as being issues between men and women, and girls and boys.

Scott Disappointed With NGOs

Zambian vice president, Guy Scott, says he is disappointed that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are causing commotion over the draft constitution.
 
Dr. Scott explained that there is no new constitution and that what has been leaked is just a report on recommendations for the document.
 
The vice president was responding to questions from teachers who wanted to find out what stage the new constitution had reached following the perceived impasse between government and civil society organisations.
 

Yacoob Calls for Freedom From Poverty in SA

According to Zak Yacoob, a retired Constitutional Court judge, freedom from poverty in the South African context is one of the most important freedoms.

Delivering the fifth annual Helen Suzman memorial lecture in Johannesburg, Yacoob, said that as South Africa's democracy moved towards its 20th anniversary, far too many of its citizens still suffer from poverty.

Parliament Slams Reaction to e-Tolls

Parliament's transport portfolio committee on transport says Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance’s (OUTA) call for motorists not to pay for e-tolls in Gauteng defies the Constitution.
 
The committee has urged both e-tolling critics to demonstrate their respect for the law by accepting the decision made by the courts.
 

Hlophe, Mdluli Cases Highlight Trend of Cover-Ups - FUL

Freedom Under Law (FUL) says the cases of former crime intelligence head General Richard Mdluli and Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, though unrelated, have highlighted what it calls “a disturbing trend of cover ups”.
 
FUL's former Constitutional Court Judge, Johan Kriegler, says both cases relate to very senior people in very responsible positions being involved in allegations of very serious misconduct.
 

Legal Resources Centre: Senior Development Associate

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is committed to a fully democratic society based on the principle of substantive equality and to ensure that the principles, rights, and responsibilities enshrined in the national Constitution are respected, promoted, protected and fulfilled.

The National Office of the LRC seeks to appoint a Senior Development Associate, based in Johannesburg.

Moseneke: Leaders Can’t Escape Judgment Day

Former deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke, wants leaders to be held accountable through the threat of removal at the ballot box, and he says ‘race is a refuge most people run to’.

Speaking after the launch of the International Federation for Human Rights’ 39th conference in Johannesburg, Moseneke, who added that he is positive about the country, says the strongest form of accountability is electoral accountability.

His comments come shortly after the ANC suffered its worst performance at the polls yet, losing major metropoles in the recent local government elections.

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