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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
15 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Botswana High Court on Friday ruled [judgment, PDF] that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] announced [press release]. The ruling was made in response to a petition filed by Lesbians, Gays and … [read more]

Legal News
1 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The African Union (AU) [official website] called [official statement] Saturday for African countries to "speak with one voice" against the trials of sitting heads of state in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The statement comes in relation to the trial of two current heads of the Kenyan … [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
12 Oct 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The High Court [official website] of Botswana [JURIST news archive] on Friday struck down longstanding local customary laws that prevented women from inheriting their family home. Judge Key Dingake ruled that such laws are not in line with the Botswana constitution [AFP report], which guarantees gender equality. According to … [read more]

Student Commentary
8 Apr 2012

JURIST Assistant Editor Elizabeth Hand, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, is the chair of the LGBT committee of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's National Lawyers Guild. Hand argues that sex workers in the US are currently harmed, not helped, by policies aimed at their … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Botswana Court of Appeal [SAFLII database] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that the indigenous Bushmen [National Geographic backgrounder], or San, can drill wells in their village in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) [official website], reversing a lower court ruling [JURIST report]. The court found that the Bushmen have … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Many African nations are seeing a decline in democratic rights and the rule of law despite making economic advances, according to a survey [press release] Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation [advocacy website]. The annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance [text, XLS], established in 2007 by Sudanese businessman Mo … [read more]

Student Commentary
30 Sep 2010

Joe Gonzales, University College London M.A. Human Rights '10, is a current intern with Survival International. He writes on the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve's struggle to secure water rights from the Botswanan government... On July 21 the High Court of Botswana (the High Court) dismissed [PDF] a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Aug 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that unless the AU and the ICC establish a proper dialogue, the logic of mutual gain for the ICC and Africa is at a risk of being undermined if not entirely lost.... On July 27, 2010, … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] on Wednesday adopted a resolution [materials] declaring that access to clean and sanitized drinking water is a basic human right [press release]. The resolution, passed by a vote of 122-0 with 41 member states abstaining, also requires the UN Independent Expert on the … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Botswana High Court [SAFLII database] ruled Wednesday that the indigenous Bushmen [National Geographic backgrounder], or San, people will not be able to reopen a water well or dig new wells in their village in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve [official website]. The Bushmen applied for permission to use … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The African Commission on Human and People's Rights [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that the government of Kenya violated the rights of the Endorois [MRGI backgrounder] people when it forcibly evicted them from their land. The Endorois are a group of about 60,000 people who were removed from … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] Spokesperson for the First People of Kalahari (FPK) [Right Livelihood backgrounder] Roy Sesana announced [AllAfrica report] Tuesday that his organization plans to take its land dispute case against the Botswana government to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website, JURIST news archive]. The FPK is an advocacy group … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Sudanese war crimes suspect and rebel leader Bahr Idriss Abu Garda on Sunday surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Abu Garda is accused [press release] of committing three crimes against the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) [official website] during a September 2007 attack. The ICC … [read more]

Legal News
18 Dec 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] Tuesday voted 104-54 with 29 abstentions [press release; UN debate summary] in favor of a resolution [text] calling for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. Though non-binding, supporters of the resolution believe international opinion against capital punishment is growing. … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly's Third Committee [official website] on Thursday voted 99-52 to place a worldwide moratorium [press release] on the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. Thirty-three countries abstained from the vote. Opponents of the resolution [text; JURIST report], including Singapore, Egypt, and Botswana, argued [JURIST report] before the … [read more]

Legal News
14 Nov 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Nations that support the use of the death penalty [JURIST news archive] Wednesday criticized a UN draft resolution [text; JURIST report] to impose a world-wide moratorium on the capital punishment. The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] is scheduled to vote on the resolution Thursday; if it passes, it … [read more]

Legal News
13 Dec 2006
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] The High Court of Botswana [BBC profile] has ruled that the government's eviction of Bushmen inhabiting the Kalahari desert is "unlawful and unconstitutional." The suit was brought by 239 members of the San tribe with the aid of the First People of the Kalahari [backgrounder] and Survival International [advocacy … [read more]

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