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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
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
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
25 Mar 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's High Court on Monday ordered the immediate release of Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent human rights lawyer who was detained for eight days for obstructing the course of justice. Mtetwa was arrested [JURIST report] on March 17 along with four officials from the party of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai … [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
18 Oct 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The Zimbabwe Supreme Court announced Monday that it would refuse to hear a civil rights case brought by Finance Minister Tendai Biti [official profile] over his 2008 arrest [JURIST report] on treason charges because he did not file an appeal in time. Biti, who is secretary general of the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Human rights organization AIDS-Free World [advocacy website] on Wednesday renewed calls [press release, PDF] for an International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] investigation into allegations of rape and torture in Zimbabwe prior to the 2008 presidential elections [JURIST report]. AIDS-Free World released a report [text, PDF; press release] last … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Zimbabwe Attorney General Johannes Tomana on Wednesday appealed the recent Supreme Court [court website] decision to acquit [JURIST report] Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] party treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-nominee Roy Bennett [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of terrorism and insurgency charges. Tomana alleged [AllAfrica report] that … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's Supreme Court [court website] on Monday dismissed terrorism and other charges against Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] party treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-nominee Roy Bennett [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Bennett, a close ally of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] ally and … [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
26 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] agreed at belated International Women's Day Celebrations on Friday that gay rights should not be constitutionally protected [AFP report]. While Zimbabwean "sexual deviancy" laws prohibit homosexual acts, some lawmakers have … [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
25 Jan 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Zimbabwe’s high court Monday struck out evidence from a key witness in the trial of Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] party treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-nominee Roy Bennett [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Peter Michael Hitschmann was called as the attorney general’s main witness against Bennett, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Zimbabwean state-run media on Thursday announced [AFP report] the suspension of governmental efforts to collect public opinions on a new constitution for the country. Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, co-chairman of the committee charged with drafting the document, cited financial and logistical concerns, as well as disagreements over who would be … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2009
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] The trial of Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] party treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-nominee Roy Bennett [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] began Monday, but was adjourned until Wednesday to allow Judge Chinembiri Bhunu to make a decision regarding the admissibility of evidence. Bennett's defense lawyer, Beatrice … [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]

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