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South Africa high court rules authorities must investigate Zimbabwe crimes against humanity
November 27, 2013
The South African Supreme Court of Appeal ruled 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 Ri....... [more]

Zimbabwe judge acquits prominent human rights lawyer
November 26, 2013
A Zimbabwean magistrate on Tuesday acquitted human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa on charges of obstructing justice and being unruly to police officers. Mtetwa was arrested in March, and was determined to be a flight risk. She was denied bail, and has been on trial since June. Officers claimed th....... [more]

Zimbabwe government must guarantee citizens human rights: AI
November 25, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to protect human rights embodied in the country's new constitution. The report, entitled "Human Rights Agenda," calls on Zimbabwe's government to end human rights violations, such as suppressing freedom of expression and in....... [more]

Zimbabwe high court rebukes insult-laws prosecution
October 31, 2013
Zimbabwe's highest court on Wednesday rebuked state prosecutors who have been pursuing actions against people for insulting President Robert Mugabe. The court said that this kind of prosecution only brought more disrespect to Mugabe, who has been Zimbabwe's president since the country's independenc....... [more]

Zimbabwe court orders release of 21 members of opposition party
September 19, 2013
Zimbabwe's high court on Thursday ordered the release of 21 activist members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) 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 Glen View 29, wh....... [more]

Southern African Tribunal Weakened By Endorsment of Mugabe Re-Election
September 11, 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, so....... [more]

Zimbabwe court dismisses allegations of unfair elections
August 21, 2013
The constitutional court of Zimbabwe ruled Tuesday that July's presidential elections were fair, effectively allowing President Robert Mugabe to continue his 33-year rule. This ruling is controversial because the complaint by presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Chan....... [more]

Zimbabwe opposition drops challenge to election results
August 17, 2013
Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Friday dropped a legal challenge against the recent presidential election results, claiming that they would not receive a fair hearing. President Robert Mugabe who has governed Zimbabwe since it gained its independence in 1980, and his ZANU-PF party....... [more]

US prosecutors charge men with illegal lobbying for Zimbabwe president
August 7, 2013
Prosecutors from the US Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Illinois on Tuesday unsealed a criminal complaint that was filed last month against two men for illegally lobbying US lawmakers on behalf of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. The complaint filed against Prince Asiel Ben Israel an....... [more]

Zimbabwe president bypasses parliament to change election laws
June 14, 2013
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe 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 ensure that all political parties have access to the st....... [more]

Zimbabwe court begins trial of human rights lawyer
June 11, 2013
A Zimbabwe court on Monday began the trial of Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent human rights lawyer charged with obstruction of justice and unruly behavior towards police forces. Mtetwa was arrested in March for allegedly interfering with a police search of her clients' office, but she contends that she....... [more]




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