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01 March 2024 Africa Legal News Watch

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Australia embroiled in Rwandan genocide probe

The presence in Australia of at least one man accused of involvement in the Rwandan genocide has raised questions about the country’s screening process and the willingness of authorities to investigate or prosecute alleged international crimes. Legalbrief reports that over the past ... Read More

Regional News


UN sanctions rebel leaders

The UN Security Council has designated six individuals for sanctions for their destabilising activities in the DRC, where violence has escalated in the east this year. Voice of America reports that they are a general in the Democratic Forces for ... Read More

PM resigns after ConCourt ruling

DRC Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde has resigned from his position after three years at the helm. Lukonde handed his official resignation to President Félix Tshisekedi. CapitalFM reports that he was appointed head of government following the collapse of the ... Read More

Militias agree to leave Tripoli

Armed groups that have been controlling Tripoli for more than a decade have agreed to leave Libya's capital. Interior Minister Imad Trabelsi – part of the internationally recognised government – said after lengthy negotiations a deal had been struck ... Read More

Africa International


SA expat convicted of brutal Alaska murders

SA national Brian Steven Smith has been found guilty of murdering two women in Alaska. He tortured and murdered one of the victims in a hotel room and recorded the murder. News24 reports that his accent in the video led ... Read More

SA bank loses UAE trademark bid

FirstRand has tried in vain to bar UAE's largest bank by assets – First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) – from applying for a trade name under the FAB banner, failing to convince the court that the trademark application infringes ... Read More

General


SA army denies DRC mission is commercially motivated

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has dismissed media reports that SA’s insistence on deploying soldiers to the DRC is commercially motivated. President Cyril Ramaphosa recently deployed at least 2 900 SANDF soldiers to provide support in combatting illicit armed ... Read More

State seeks more extraditions in Phala Phala case

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority is seeking the extradition from Namibia of two more suspects in the Phala Phala theft case, IoL reports. This comes as the case against three accused, arrested last year in connection with the $580 ... Read More

Legislation


Government mulls news media regulation

Prime Minister Russell Dlamini has begun his term of office with a threat to regulate the media. In a meeting with members of the eSwatini Editors Forum (EEF), Dlamini said he would enact the long-dormant Media Commission Bill to create ... Read More

Harsh anti-gay Bill closer to adoption

Ghana's Parliament has moved a step closer to voting on a Bill that seeks to further clamp down on the rights of LGBT people, rejecting a proposed amendment that would have seen jail terms for gay sex replaced with ... Read More

Africa Analysis


ICJ hearings another nail in the US coffin

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) last week held hearings at The Hague on the legal implications of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and the oppression of the occupied peoples. More than 50 countries, including South Africa – currently the ... Read More

A Matter of Justice


Contempt ruling over man’s court attire overturned

A contempt of court conviction and sentence by the Magistrate’s Court in Namibia, raises a number of concerns about a lack of sensitivity and awareness of that court to the daily difficulties of poor people it serves, writes Carmel Rickard ... Read More

THIS WEEK


THIS WEEK

  26: The 55th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. The council will consider human rights issues in 50 different countries, including Myanmar, Syria and Ukraine. The crisis in Palestine is one of the key priorities on the agenda ... Read More

BOOK REVIEW


QUOTES


QUOTES

  ‘April 2, 2024, will be the end of my term at the head of the country, the end of my binding relationship with the Senegalese people as president of the republic. I would like this debate to be clearly ... Read More

WORDS OF WISDOM


WORDS OF WISDOM

  ‘Between 1957 and 1990 there were more than 150 African heads of state and only six relinquished power voluntarily.’ – George Ayittey (Africa Betrayed) Read More

DID YOU KNOW?


DID YOU KNOW?

  The oldest known mathematical instrument is the Lebombo bone, which was discovered in the Lebombo mountains in eSwatini. It dates to approximately 35000 BC. Read More

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