April 30, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A South African judge ruled Thursday that a terminally ill man has a right to assisted suicide with no legal or professional consequences for the participating doctor. Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa, and the decision is the first of its kind. With the support of DignitySA, Robin Stransham- ...[read more]
March 23, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of the Columbia University Law School and the Safer South Africa Foundation, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... More than two hundred years since the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on March 25, 1807, a ...[read more]
December 11, 2014
by Andrew Morgan
JURIST is seeking commentary on the methods through which a troubled society might reconcile differences prior to the outbreak of large-scale violence. Could the Truth and Reconciliation Commission model that was brought to bear in South Africa, Liberia, Argentina, Indonesia and many other ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Former president of Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana was arrested on Monday when he returned to the country after five years of living in exile in South Africa. Tear gas was fired and security forces were seen outside his house before he was detained, a BBC reporter stated. Ravalomana had made ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma. Zuma had applied to prevent the tapes from being released while the opposition party, Democratic Alliance, sought access to them. The case ...[read more]
January 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday stated that the governing African National Congress (ANC) will not condone political violence. The statement came as 30 of his supporters, three minors and 27 adults, were expected to appear in the Nkandla Magistrate Court for throwing stones at ...[read more]
November 27, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
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 ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday elected 14 countries to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, ...[read more]
October 29, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A South African court on Tuesday sentenced 20 members of white supremacist group Boeremag to prison terms ranging from five to 20 years in the nation's first post-apartheid treason trial. The extremist group is responsible for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002. Earlier, the ...[read more]
September 11, 2013
by Michael Muha
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, ...[read more]

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