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Land, Law and Traditional Leadership in South Africa

With over two decades after the end of apartheid, land remains an emotive fault line in South Africa. In rural communities, many have lost patience with the paternalistic approach of traditional leaders, commercial farmers and mining corporations. T…

The State of Women's Human Rights in Ghana: The Law and its Enforcement

"Human rights have been defined as the inherent and inalienable rights that are due to human beings by reason of their being human. These rights aim at ensuring the dignity of every human being". Indeed the Universal Declaration on Human Rights adop…

Report on the SARPCCO Policing Violence Against Women and Children Trainers' Course

"The purpose of the course is twofold: to standardise regional training for law enforcement officers and other stakeholders on VAWC in the Southern Africa region. Its second purpose is to create a culture of empathy and understanding that will enab…

Quality Services Guaranteed? A Review of Victim Policy in South Africa

"This monograph has identified clear issues regarding the substance of policy that require attention. These relate to the need for the rationalisation of the various policy frameworks into an integrated strategy that articulates (i) rights, (ii) se…

Zimbabwe At The Crossroads: Transition Or Conflict?

Despite broad international condemnation and a tremendous thirst among the people of Zimbabwe for change, the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) government succeeded in systematically manipulating the March 2002 election pro…

Zimbabwe: At The Crossroads

Zimbabwe's 24-25 June 2000 parliamentary election resulted in President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU (PF) party retaining power. However, the nine month old opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), made an impressive showing, winni…

Zimbabwe: Danger and Opportunity

The economic meltdown, government-created food crisis, and deepening state-sponsored violence that have plagued Zimbabwe in the year since President Robert Mugabe's ruling party rigged the presidential election continue to point in one ominous direc…

Zimbabwe: The Politics of National Liberation and International Division

Despite the rising humanitarian costs of the crisis in Zimbabwe, the international community remains deeply divided about its response, allowing President Mugabe to believe that he can exploit the policy fissure between - broadly - the West and Afri…

Zimbabwe: What Next?

In the aftermath of the deeply flawed March 2002 presidential election, Zimbabwe has dropped off the radar screen of most policy-makers and media but its crisis is deepening: * the ruling ZANU-PF party and the government are systematically usin…

Zimbabwe in Crisis: Finding a Way Forward

Zimbabwe is in a state of free fall. It is embroiled in the worst political and economic crisis of its twenty-year history as an independent state. The crisis has negatively affected virtually every aspect of the country and every segment of the pop…

Zimbabwe: Three Months after the Elections

In the immediate aftermath of Zimbabwe's 24-25 June 2000 Parliamentary elections, many Zimbabweans optimistically expected that their country would begin to return to normal-leaving behind the six months of violence, intimidation, farm invasions, ra…

Rebuilding Liberia: Prospects and Perils

Liberia is a collapsed state that has become in effect a UN protectorate. Whether its political and economic reconstruction can begin depends on how quickly security spreads throughout the country. Squabbles over jobs by leaders of the armed faction…

Perspectives on the Role of Key Stakeholders in the DRC's Political Transition

"Does the DRC have the capacity, the visionary leadership, political will and resources to move towards a democratic society? This work attempts to answer these critical questions by reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of key stakeholders in …

Affirmative Action and State Capacity in a Democratic South Africa

"This paper will focus on affirmative action in the public service. It is divided into three sections. The first section briefly defines the concepts of affirmative action and state capacity. It also sets the goals of the former. The second section …

Priorities for African States Negotiating for an Arms Trade Treaty

"A strong Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is needed because of the poorly regulated international transfer of conventional arms and the current absence of global standards based on human rights and international humanitarian law to control such transfers. T…

Critical Lessons in Post-Conflict Security in Africa: The Case of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

"This paper reviews the causes of the conflict, the political settlement that was eventually arrived at in order to bring the conflict to an end as well as the nature of the major transitional justice mechanism that was implemented along with its im…

African Human Rights Law Journal Volume 11 No 2

"The content of this issue is divided into three parts. In the first part, special attention is given to the commemoration of 25 years since the entry into force of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Charter) on 21 October 198…

South Africa’s Foreign Policy under the Zuma Government: A Human Rights-based Policy or a Pragmatic Approach Based on Political and Economic Considerations?

"Since 1994 human rights have emerged as a central pillar of South Africa’s international relations. This paper explores the genesis of a human rights-based approach to foreign policy and international relations globally under the Mandela government…

Evidence Obtained Through Violating the Right to Freedom from Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment in South Africa

"Although South African courts have expressly held that any evidence obtained through torture is always inadmissible, the author is unaware of a decision from a South African court to the effect that evidence obtained through cruel, inhuman and de…

The ICC and the Culture of Impunity ICC Warrant of Arrest against President Bashir of the Sudan

"The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) member states’ adoption of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in 1981 in Nairobi, Kenya, marked a milestone development in terms of the human rights normative framework on the African co…

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