On 16 October 2013, the long awaited trial of human rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, proceeded in the Lusaka Magistrates Court in Zambia. Evidence led by the State during Kasonkomona’s trial confirms suspicions that the arrest and prosecution of Kasonkomona was politically motivated.

South Africans should know that as their government contemplates extending an economic lifeline to Swaziland’s profligate king and court, a South African man is being left to rot in Swaziland’s jails. Last month, the Swazi High Court convicted South African, Amos Mbulaheni Mbedzi, of sedition, murder, unlawful possession of explosives and immigration offences - on the most flimsy 'evidence'. Indeed, the real crime has surely been perpetrated not by Mbedzi but by the court - and Swaziland's 'justice system' - against him.

Recently, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng noted in his foreword to a SALC report that the “entry into force of the Rome Statute of the ICC in 2002 is likely the most significant event in the coming-of-age of international criminal justice.” Its significance is undeniable and the support of 122 countries, at least on paper, is testament to this.

The intense interest and huge hype generated by the search for a successor to Moreno Ocampo as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) by state parties, powerful non-member states and international justice actors is telling.

Boost to campaign to save southern Africa's regional court

As African human rights practitioners gather in Yamoussoukro to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), it is critical that they frankly and honestly discuss the track record of this supranational body in promoting and protecting human rights on the continent.

Despite its many challenges and numerous critics, the significance of the role played by the African Commission in the protection of human rights – particularly through its interpretation and enforcement of the African Charter – cannot be denied.

Groups request opinion on legality of Tribunal's suspension

Countries must support Court at African Union summit

You can always tell when President Mugabe is really rattled. It's when he launches into a tirade about white, racist, imperialist conspiracies in a desperate attempt to deflect attention away from the facts. It has worked pretty well for him in the past but his latest rant only served to highlight the issue he currently wants to bury - the state-sanctioned torture of opposition supporters and the fact that those responsible might now be brought to book in South Africa.

Seven years ago, Congolese soldiers attacked Kilwa – looting, murdering and raping their way through the remote town in central Katanga. At the end of the raid, over 70 people had been killed and many more raped and injured by the troops. It was a barbaric attack – one of many in the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the last decade. But what made the Kilwa incident different was the allegation that Anvil Mining – an Australian-Canadian company operating a large silver and copper mine nearby – had provided the soldiers with logistical support.

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