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Professional Commentary
6 Jul 2015
by Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guests Netsanet Belay and Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International discuss two recent cases in which states have used diplomatic immunity as a pretext for not executing arrest warrants for visiting public officials who are wanted for crimes under international law, thereby upholding impunity for serious crimes.... Two cases in … [read more]

Legal News
22 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The EU General Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld [decision] sanctions placed on individuals and companies in Zimbabwe. The action, brought in 2012 by Zimbabwe's Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and 120 other individuals, challenged sanctions first imposed in 2002 as a result of the EU's concerns regarding pre-election violence and … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to address human rights concerns in Zimbabwe and other parts of the African continent. AI wants Mugabe to utilize his position of Chairperson of the African Union (AU) [official website] to stabilize areas that have … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's High Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered an immediate halt to the demolition of the homes of farmers who were evicted to clear space for a game park envisioned by First Lady Grace Mugabe [BBC backgrounder]. The case was brought by six farmers who sought temporary relief against … [read more]

Legal News
27 Nov 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The South African Supreme Court of Appeal [official website] ruled [judgment] Wednesday that South African authorities have a duty to investigate and prosecute international crimes, regardless of where those crimes were committed. In the case, National Commissioner of the South African Police Service v. Southern African Human Rights Litigation … [read more]

Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean magistrate on Tuesday acquitted human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa [personal website] on charges of obstructing justice and being unruly to police officers. Mtetwa was arrested in March [Reuters report], and was determined to be a flight risk. She was denied bail, and has been on trial since … [read more]

Legal News
25 Nov 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Monday urged [report, PDF; press release] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] to protect human rights embodied in the country's new constitution [text]. The report, entitled "Human Rights Agenda," calls on Zimbabwe's government to end human rights violations, such as … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's highest court on Wednesday rebuked state prosecutors who have been pursuing actions against people for insulting President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The court said that this kind of prosecution only brought more disrespect to Mugabe, who has been Zimbabwe's president since the country's independence from … [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
21 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The constitutional court of Zimbabwe ruled Tuesday that July's presidential elections [JURIST news archive] were fair, effectively allowing President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] to continue his 33-year rule. This ruling is controversial because the complaint by presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) … [read more]

Legal News
17 Aug 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] on Friday dropped [press release] a legal challenge against the recent presidential election results, claiming that they would not receive a fair hearing. President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] who has governed Zimbabwe since it gained its independence in 1980, and his … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Prosecutors from the US Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Tuesday unsealed a criminal complaint [text, PDF] that was filed last month against two men for illegally lobbying US lawmakers on behalf of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The complaint … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday used a presidential decree to bypass parliament in order to make changes to electoral laws in compliance with the Constitutional Court's order to hold elections by July 31. The amended electoral laws [Reuters report] ensure that all political … [read more]

Legal News
31 May 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Friday imposed a July 31 election deadline and ordered President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to announce a date soon. The ruling came in response to a case filed by a citizen in an attempt to get Mugabe to announce election dates. Rights … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday signed the country's new constitution [text] into law, clearing the path to pivotal elections later this year. The new constitution limits future presidents to two five-year terms. The provision limiting presidential terms will not apply retroactively, so the … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Zimbabweans approved a new constitution [text] that limits future presidents to two five-year terms, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [official website] said on Tuesday. In a nationwide referendum on Saturday nearly 95 percent of voters supported [BBC report] the passage of the draft constitution, paving the way for elections later … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the country's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] reached an agreement on Thursday on a new constitution. Details of the agreement have not yet been made public [BBC report]. Tsvangirai previously stated that the passage of … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] called Friday on South African officials to oppose an investigation into allegations of human rights violations committed by members of his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party. Mugabe denied the allegations [AP report], suggesting they were racially motivated. In … [read more]

Legal News
25 May 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The top UN human rights official urged Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday to ensure that Zimbabwe's next elections are legitimate and free from violence [press release]. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive], visiting Zimbabwe for the … [read more]

Legal News
8 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A South African court on Tuesday ordered an investigation into allegations of human rights violations committed under Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The allegations include torture and other crimes committed in Zimbabwe prior to the 2008 elections, and the investigation will address complaints [BBC report] … [read more]

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