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Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of Zimbabwe was charged Tuesday with obstructing justice after he dropped a case against the men accused of plotting to bomb a dairy operated by members of President Robert Mugabe's [BBC backgrounder] family. He was officially charged with [AFP report] "abuse of office and obstructing justice" … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that neither boys nor girls can legally marry under the age of 18, even in unregistered, customary or religious unions. Previously, the Marriage Act allowed girls to be married at the age of 18 and boys to be married at the age of 16 and … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] More than a dozen death row inmates in Zimbabwe on Sunday submitted a plea to the nation's constitutional court through a local NGO, arguing that their death sentences are unconstitutional. The inmates have spent between four and 20 years on death row [All Africa report] for murder charges. The … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa [profile] on Thursday announced amendments to the nation's foreign investor law in an effort to stimulate Zimbabwe's stagnant economy. The ambiguously-worded Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Bill of 2007 [text, PDF] required all foreign companies to transfer majority ownership into the hands of Zimbabwean citizens. … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday granted early release [decision, PDF; press release] to convicted war criminal Germain Katanga from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A three-judge panel of the Appeals Chamber of the ICC conducted a review of Katanga's sentence [ICC case … [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
5 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday sentenced [press release, in Spanish] six Somali pirates to 16 years in prison for an October 2012 attack on the Spanish boat Izurdia. While attempting to attack the tuna boat off the coast of Somalia, the men were repelled … [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]


Professional Commentary
6 Sep 2014
by Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Zimbabwean government stated this week that it is in the process of developing new cyber laws to regulate social media. Caecilia Nyamutswa, legal director of the regulatory organization Potraz [official website], communicated to an information and communication technology (ICT) committee that the bills are ready to be brought … [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]


Student Commentary
8 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Jess Kyle, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the International Criminal Court's African involvement in light of Kenya's withdrawal... Ideally, the operations of the International Criminal Court (ICC) toward justice would reinforce the domestic politics of conflict and post-conflict states … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's high court on Thursday ordered the release of 21 activist members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] who had been detained for over two years in connection with the death of police officer Petros Mutedza. The individuals are among 29 activists, referred to as the … [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]

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