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Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2015
by Tseliso Thipanyane of Columbia University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of the Columbia University Law School and the Safer South Africa Foundation, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... More than two hundred years since the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on March 25, 1807, a trade that saw … [read more]

Professional Commentary
11 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Drew F. Cohen, a clerk for the Constitutional Court of South Africa, discusses the consequences of the Southern African Development Community endorsing Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's re-election...Despite requests from Botswana to open an investigation into voter fraud, southern African leaders closed ranks several weeks ago at a … [read more]

Legal News
2 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website; press release] on Thursday released a report entitled Angola’s Upcoming Elections: Attacks on the Media, Expression, and Assembly [report, PDF] alleging that the government of Angola [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] is responsible for undermining freedom of speech protections for its citizens. The … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Madagascar passed a law granting amnesty [AFP report] to those who committed crimes during the political unrest in the country over the last three years, but excluded human rights violations for which former president Marc Ravalomanana [BBC profile] has been convicted and sentenced to death, officials said Saturday. This … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Sunday that Zimbabwe is not bound by the rulings of the Tribunal of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) [official websites]. The statement comes two days after the Tribunal ruled that farmers who lost their land under Zimbabwe's land reform program [PBS backgrounder; … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Tribunal of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) [official websites] ruled Friday that the farmers who lost their land under Zimbabwe's land reform program [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] may take their case to the SADC summit meeting next month. The ruling, which also reaffirms a previous ruling … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's government on Wednesday declared void a law mandating that indigenous people have majority ownership in all businesses valued at over $500,000. The law took effect [JURIST report] last month, but the country's stock market has since fallen 10 percent [BBC report], causing concern that the law would drive … [read more]

Legal News
1 Mar 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean law requiring all foreign-owned companies operating in the country to transfer a majority share to local owners went into effect Monday. The Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Act [text, PDF] requires all companies worth more than USD $500,000 to submit information on the racial makeup of their shareholders … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The Zimbabwe High Court [official website] ruled on Tuesday that it is not bound by the decision of the Southern Africa Development Community Tribunal (SADC Tribunal) [official website] that ordered the state to halt its controversial Land Reform Program [official website]. The court refused to register [Zimbabwe Telegraph report] … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2009
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Zimbabwe deported UN special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday, citing concerns over a meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) [official website] leaders in the capital city of Harare. Nowak was detained Wednesday evening and placed on a flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The Zimbabwe High Court [official website] ruled on Wednesday that the Southern Africa Development Community Tribunal (SADC Tribunal) [official website] is not superior to the courts of the individual SADC member countries, in a decision invalidating a SADC Tribunal ruling [JURIST report] in favor of white Zimbabwe farmers whose … [read more]

Legal News
21 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Four white Zimbabwean farmers were charged Thursday with trespassing on state property for failing to vacate farms that were seized by the government. The charges are in defiance of a November ruling by the South African Development Community Tribunal [official website] that ordered Zimbabwe to halt [JURIST report] its … [read more]

Legal News
1 Dec 2008
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] Government officials in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] said [Herald report] Monday that they will disregard a South African Development Community Tribunal [official website] ruling [JURIST report] that ordered Zimbabwe to halt its Land Reform Program [official website]. The tribunal held that the program's seizure of white-owned farms was racially … [read more]

Legal News
29 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The Namibia-based Southern African Development Community Tribunal [official website] on Friday ruled that 78 white Zimbabwe farmers whose land was seized by the Zimbabwe government under its farm redistribution program [JURIST report] were owed compensation and that the seizures were racially motivated, discriminatory and contrary to the treaty [DOC … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council [official website; JURIST news archive] draft resolution [text] Friday which would have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive]. The three other permanent members of the Security Council, the US, Britain and France, voted in favor of the sanctions, arguing that … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jul 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad [official profile] submitted a draft resolution in the UN Security Council [official website] Thursday calling for sanctions against Zimbabwe's newly reinstalled president Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and eleven of his government and security aides. The sanctions are said … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Southern African Development Community (SADC) [official website] should deploy observers to monitor the status of human rights in Zimbabwe, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged in a briefing paper [PDF text] released Tuesday. HRW Africa director Peter Takirambudde called on SADC members to "take strong and effective … [read more]

Legal News
21 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Pan-African Parliament [official website] officials said over the weekend that the recently approved investigation [press release] into alleged human rights abuses in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] would be delayed. Zimbabwe has expressed strong opposition [JURIST report] to the PAP initiative and Zimbabwean permanent secretary for Foreign Affairs Ministry Joey … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2005
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Morgan Tsvangirai [party profile], president of the Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change [official website], announced Wednesday that the MDC had proof of "serious and unaccountable gaps" between the totals of reported votes and tallied votes in one quarter of the 120 open seats at stake in last … [read more]

Legal News
22 Mar 2005
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] In Tuesday's international brief, a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Commission [official website] by UN Special Rapporteur Doudou Diene has called on Germany and the EU to increase efforts to ban political groups based on racist, xenophobic, or hate policies. Diene cited the recent increase in popular … [read more]

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