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Professional Commentary
4 Aug 2015
by Anneke Meerkotter and Graeme Reid of Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Human Rights Watch
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists Anneke Meerkotter of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch discuss how recent court rulings in Botswana, Kenya and Zambia illustrate significant progress in human rights in general and in LGBT rights in particular... In the past eight months, three African court … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Thursday commended [press release] President Edgar Lungu for commuting the death sentences of 332 men to life imprisonment, calling it "a laudable first step and a 'triumph' for the right to life." AI is now calling on President Lungu to completely abolish the … [read more]

Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Zambian High Court [official website] Judge Mwila Chitabo on Thursday ordered a stay of the arrest warrant [orders, JPG] against chief prosecutor Mutembo Nchito after a lower court issued the warrant on claims of corruption. The High Court judge held that the lower court had no authority to hear … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Zambia's new president, Defense and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu, was sworn on Sunday after he was declared the winner of the presidential poll [official results] Saturday night. Lungu was a candidate for the Patriotic Front [party website], the ruling party in Zambia. The elections were called [BBC report] after … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Gay rights and HIV activist Paul Kasonkomona was acquitted Tuesday by the Lusaka Magistrate's Court of charges of encouraging homosexuality. Kasonkomona, a well-known activist for LGBT rights in highly-conservative Zambia, where homosexuality is illegal, was arrested in April 2013 after speaking out on a television program for "soliciting in … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] A group of labor prosecutors in Brazil named Samsung [corporate website] in a lawsuit over the company's substandard labor conditions in its Brazilian factories. Samsung is being asked to pay USD $108 in damages and to bear the cost of treatment [WP report] for employees with occupational diseases for … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Chinese-owned mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are contributing to a culture of human rights abuses, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. AI claims that those companies should be held accountable for the longstanding, ongoing human rights abuses related to child … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Zambian authorities on Monday arrested former president Rupiah Banda on allegations that he misappropriated over USD $11 million during his three-year tenure in office. Banda allegedly channelled money from the sale of Nigerian crude oil [Bloomberg report] into a private account instead of the nation's treasury. The Zambian Parliament … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Katherine Todrys of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch recounts her experiences researching disease transmission and living standards in African prisons. She calls for sweeping criminal justice reforms to address the systemic problems of overcrowding, human rights abuses and wrongful imprisonment...In 2008, recently … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A New York-based labor rights group alleged Wednesday that Apple [corporate website] suppliers in China are violating local Chinese labor laws [report, PDF]. China Labor Watch [advocacy website] claimed that an Apple Foxconn factory and nine other factories in China that supply Apple force their workers into excessive overtime, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Zambian court on Tuesday rejected the application for the de-registration of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) party which had held power for the past 20 years until September of last year. Lusaka High Court Judge Jane Kabuka reasoned [Reuters report] that the application filed by the registrar … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] More than 20,000 children are subjected to harsh and unsafe conditions [press release] while working in Malian gold mines, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday. Children reportedly carry heavy ore from the mining shafts and are exposed to mercury inhalation, which causes severe health problems. … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Chinese copper mining companies in Zambia routinely violate national and international labor standards [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday. The report describes poor health and safety standards, regular 12-hour and 18-hour work shifts, and anti-union activity. Workers also reportedly face the threat of … [read more]

Legal News
9 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A Zambian court on Tuesday ruled that President Rupiah Banda can run for re-election. The country's opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF) [party website], had alleged that Banda's father was born in Malawi [BBC report], a factor that would prohibit Banda from running for office pursuant to the Zambian … [read more]

Legal News
7 Dec 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Zambia's Supreme Court on Monday acquitted Regina Chiluba, the wife of former Zambian president Frederick Chiluba [BBC profile], of charges that she accepted stolen property during the years of her husband's administration. The court overruled a previous decision from March that sentenced [BBC report] her to three-and-a-half years in … [read more]

Legal News
25 Oct 2010
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] Suspects detained under Morocco's counterterrorism law routinely face serious human rights violations, including illegal detention and torture, according to a report [text, PDF] issued Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The 56-page report was created following interviews with seven men detained pursuant to the counterterrorism law. The … [read more]

Legal News
7 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged the Zambian government to investigate the inhumane treatment of prisoners [press release] in the nation's jails and to hold those implicated accountable. HRW claims that Zambian police officials "routinely engage" in abusing and torturing prisoners in order to extract confessions. … [read more]

Student Commentary
23 Sep 2009

Ingrid Burke, Pitt Law '11, attended an "alternative" G-20 event on world hunger and economic decline which was hosted by the People's Summit on Pittsburgh's North Side...This week I was given the opportunity to attend several G-20 alternative/resistance events in Pittsburgh. On Monday night, I opted for a lecture and … [read more]

Legal News
17 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Former Zambian president Frederick Chiluba [BBC profile] was acquitted Monday of charges stealing money from the country's treasury while in office from 1991-2001. Chiluba and two Zambian businessmen, Faustin Kabwe and Aaron Chungu, faced a total of 12 counts of theft of public funds for their alleged involvement in … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Wednesday released its 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [DOS materials]. Announcing the release [Flash video; statement text], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the new Barack Obama administration is seeking to both improve the US rights record at … [read more]

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