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
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]
February 10, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed shock and sadness on Friday concerning the brutal rape and murder of 17-year-old Anene Booysen in South Africa. Pillay urged South Africa to take a stronger approach to prevent the ongoing sexual violence incidents against tens of ...[read more]
December 1, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On December 1, 2005, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying, giving Parliament one year to amend the 1961 Marriage Act. To comply with the ruling, the South African legislature enacted the Civil Union Act, requiring that ...[read more]
September 28, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On September 28, 2011, the Ivory Coast government launched a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to resolve conflicts from the post-election violence that took place at the beginning of 2011. More than 3,000 people were killed following the election of President Alassane Ouattara. Rights groups ...[read more]
September 13, 2012
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnist Jesse Oppenheim, Brooklyn Law School Class of 2013, offers legal context to Archbishop Desmond Tutu's recent opinion in The Observer...On August 28, word leaked out that Archbishop Desmond Tutu had pulled out of an international summit in South Africa because he refused to ...[read more]

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