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30 November 2021 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Major backlash as door slams shut on Southern Africa

  ‘This variant has been reported at a remarkable speed. The WHO is grateful to the South African researchers, and it’s been outstanding how open and transparent they have been.’ – WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier   More than 50 ... Read More

Regional News

Botswana's landmark gay rights ruling upheld

Botswana's Government today lost a legal attempt to overturn a landmark ruling that decriminalised homosexuality. eNCA reports that the country's High Court in 2019 ruled in favour of campaigners seeking to strike down jail sentences for same-sex relationships ... Read More

Court slams release of war crimes suspect

The CAR’s former Livestock Minister Bouba Ali Hassan, who was detained for war crimes and crimes against humanity, was released from jail by gendarmes on Friday. A report on the IoL site notes that Ali Hassan, who was arrested 10 ... Read More

Press coverage of military operations banned

The Ethiopian Government has issued an order banning media from covering military operations as conflict heightens in the Horn of Africa nation. According to a report in The East African, in a tweet, Abiy Ahmed’s administration has asked media practitioners ... Read More

Africa International

Uganda moves to amend Chinese loan agreement

Uganda is seeking to amend a loan agreement it signed with China in 2015 to ensure that it doesn’t lose control of the nation’s only international airport. Kampala borrowed $200m from the Export-Import Bank of China to expand the Entebbe ... Read More

Backlash over Malawi’s approach to Mike Tyson

Malawi has defended its decision to invite the former heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson to become the country's official cannabis ambassador following a backlash over his rape conviction in the 1990s. Malawi last year legalised the growing and processing ... Read More


Inquest into fatal Botswana shootings concludes

An inquest has heard that no firearms were found near the bodies of the four Namibian fishermen who were shot dead on the Chobe River last year by Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldiers. While the family of the victims and ... Read More

EAC Ministers endorse inclusion of DRC

The DRC has been endorsed by the Council of Ministers to join the East African Community (EAC) as the seventh member state. A Business Daily Africa report notes that the EAC Council of Ministers, chaired by Kenya’s EAC Affairs and Regional ... Read More

Noose tightening on foreign truck drivers

Foreign truck drivers working in SA illegally and those who employ them will soon feel the pressure from new legislation, which puts stricter restrictions on migrants working in this sector. SA truck drivers recently embarked on a nationwide strike demanding ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Signs of hope despite alarming abuse levels

eSwatini has made strides in tackling sexual and gender-based violence, but much still needs to be done to ensure the law is applied and that perpetrators are held accountable, a prominent activist says. Nonhlanhla Dlamini, the director of the Swaziland ... Read More

Gender harassment rife in African legislatures

Sexism, harassment and violence against women permeate Parliaments across Africa, according to a new study published on Tuesday. A report on the allAfrica site notes that the study reveals that on average eight of every 10 women parliamentarians interviewed have ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

'Flawed' findings in Mauritius drug inquiry report

The controversial report of an official inquiry into drug trafficking in Mauritius continues to cause waves in that state’s upper echelons. When it appeared in 2018, the report led to the resignation of the Minister for Gender Equality as well ... Read More

Quotes of the Week

‘This variant has been r

‘Omicron is not a South African variant. It's a variant that was spotted and reported by brilliant South African scientists so fast the world has a chance to get on top of it. Could have originated anywhere.’ – ... Read More

Book Review

A Bit of Difference

A Bit of Difference   By Sefi Atta Jacana. $15   This book is about exposing the differences between foreign images of Africa and the realities of contemporary Nigerian life. Deola’s urgent, incisive voice captivates and guides us through the ... Read More

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