SA Votes Against Rights Resolution

South Africa - along with 13 other countries including North Korea, Sudan, Syria, China, Russia and Zimbabwe – has voted against adopting a resolution that would recognise threats against defenders of human rights.
The declaration recognises, in international law, the extreme importance and legitimacy of human-rights activity, and those who carry it out.
The unanimity of the 1989 adoption of the declaration was broken after Norway asked to vote on it this week. There were 117 votes in favour of the resolution, 14 against and 40 abstentions.

ICC Urged to Reform and Transform

Presiding officer of African Union's civil society organisation the Economic, Cultural and Social Council, Joseph Chilengi, says they are calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to reform and transform.

The political body of the ICC will meet at the Hague as tensions grow over the court's relationship with Africa.

Kenya is sending a large delegation of MPs to lobby for changes to how the court works, while South Africa is likely to raise its desire to leave the international court. 

Getting Ready for a Woman President?

"If women ruled the world, there would be no war, there would be a bunch of countries not talking to each other." So says a "Funny Humour Joke Poster proudly made in the U.S.A [United States of America", one of several dozen countries that has never had a woman leader.

In July 1960, Sri Lanka's Sirimavo Bandaranaike, became the first female Prime Minister. With twenty-two out of 196 (11 percent) female heads of state, women remain the rare exception in high public office.

Activist in Court for Undermining Mugabe

The backlash over President Robert Mugabe's near-fall in India in October has claimed its first scalp after former Chinhoyi MDC-T councillor, Tendai Musonza, was arraigned in court on charges of undermining the office of the president by uttering derogatory words.

It is the State case that on 29 October 2015, at Chonde barbershop in Chinhoyi, Musonza upon meeting a ZANU-PF activist wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the President's face shouted, ‘you people, we cannot continue to be ruled by a 91-year-old man that continues to fall on his own’.

OUTA Launched e-Toll Defensive Campaign

Anti e-toll group, Opposition for Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has launched a new ‘e-toll defensive umbrella campaign’ to provide legal support to members summonsed for non-payment of e-toll fees.

This comes as the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) announced that Gauteng road users are eligible for a 60 percent reduction of their historic e-toll in arrears from 2 November 2015.

Road users with outstanding e-toll debt incurred from 3 December 2013 until 31 August 2015 now have six months to settle their accounts, or make payment arrangements.

Allowing Bashir into SA an Outrage – SALC

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) says it would be a mockery of justice if the South African government could allow Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir into the country again, following this year’s controversial visit.
SALC’s international criminal justice lawyer, Angela Mudukuti, argues that, “I think it would be great travesty if President Al-Bashir were to come again because there is a standing order for his arrest.”

Chikuni Calls on NGOs to Stick to their Mandate

According to Chido Chikuni, it is indeed heartening that the newly appointed Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition director, Dr Philan Zamchiya has seen the light and made a reversal on the stance of regime change that his non-governmental organisation (NGO) has been pursuing.
Chikuni says that, “It is worrisome that a number of NGOs in Zimbabwe are failing to stick to their mandate. Most of them are being used by politicians, especially from the opposition political parties, to promote their agenda of removing the ruling government from power.”

Women Missing in the Corridors of Power

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State ended their 35th summit on 18 August 2015 with a bland communique congratulating countries that have made progress in increasing women's political representation and urging others to follow suit.

According to Colleen Lowe Morna, “It's typical of this all-boys club to equate women in politics to gender equality, even in the crucial year that the 28 targets of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development expire…”

Transparency, the Missing Link in Political Party Funding

Political parties are vulnerable to corruption. This is not news. It’s not even particularly useful knowledge in itself - in fact the cynicism it can perpetuate can be dangerous. What would perhaps take us forward would be finding a way to dismantle citizen mistrust and construct political party systems that are proactively fair and accountable rather than reactive to scandal.


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