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Human Rights Activists Celebrate Malawi’s Adoption of Amended HIV Law that Removes Rights-Infringing Provisions

01 December 2017

Lilongwe - On Tuesday, 28 November, Malawi Members of Parliament voted to reject coercive and criminalising provisions that threatened human rights in a long-deliberated HIV (Prevention and Management) Bill.

Activists and people living with and affected by HIV celebrated outside Parliament...

High court orders ZCDC to stop mining operations with immediate effect

01 August 2017
The High Court of Zimbabwe this morning made a landmark ruling on environmental rule of law. Zimbabwe Diamond Consolidated Mining Company (ZCDC) was ordered to halt its diamond mining operations in Marange immediately pending approval of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) certificate by the Environmental Management...

OSISA Launches Mineral Governance Barometer

18 April 2017
Southern African countries are rich in mineral resources. However, most of them are struggling to maximise the benefits despite the existence of many initiatives at the country, regional and continent levels that promote good governance in the extractive industries. The process has been more of a motion without movement...

OSISA bags Award at the 5th International Palliative Care Conference

24 August 2016

OSISA was honoured with an award from the World Palliative Care Association and the African Palliative Care Association recognising its role and continued support for palliative care in the region. The award was presented during the opening reception of the 5th International Palliative Care Conference in Kampala, Uganda...

Botswana's diamond deception

10 May 2016

Most of the reports on resource governance in southern Africa give Botswana the crown when it comes to transparency and accountability in diamond mining. Recent investigations however, reveal that things are not so rosy in Botswana. In the article that follows, Khadija Sharife and Ntibinyane Ntibinyane write about the...

Botswana: Ground-breaking Judgement on LGBTI Rights

17 March 2016
The Court of Appeal reaffirmed that the refusal to register LEGABIBO was both irrational and in violation of the right to freedom of association. 
On 16 March 2016, a full bench of the Court of Appeal of Botswana delivered a significant judgment in...

Does democracy work for the San in Botswana?

02 September 2015

In 2015, the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Programme at OSISA provided funding to Democracy Works to conduct a scoping mission to Botswana.  It aimed to analyse the state of Botswana’s democracy through the lens of its treatment of the San people, as the most marginalised people in the...

Tribute to ||Garuxab Toppies Kruiper

16 July 2015
The Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Programme is today saddened to hear of the death of ||Garuxab Toppies Kruiper. He will be remembered by his many friends and family from around Southern Africa, and by indigenous peoples from all over the world, as a husband, a father, master tracker and a teacher who shared the knowledge...

Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu freed by the Supreme Court

02 July 2015

The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Jacobus Annandale, Ben Odoki and Mbutfo Mamba took no more than half an hour to rule that Bheki, Makhubu, Thulani Maseko, The Nation Magazine and Independent Publishers succeeded in their appeal against the state. The writing was already on the wall as the state had failed to...

Angolan Authorities Detain Youth Protesters as “Coup Plotters”

29 June 2015

For the Angolan authorities, the very thought of an Angola without President José Eduardo dos Santos at its helm, let alone any protest against his rule, continues to be a matter of crime and punishment. 

President dos Santos has been in power for 36 years and wants to be celebrated as the architect of peace...

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