Unsafe abortions remain a major concern – and cause of maternal deaths – in Zambia despite the existence of the Termination of Pregnancy Act No. 26 of 1972 and several other policies and guidelines that are intended to prevent unwanted and unintended pregnancies. While these are all regarded favourably by the people who know about them, the fact is that very few Zambians are aware of them. Therefore, it is shocking – but not surprising – that the 2006 University Teaching Hospital facility based data showed that unsafe abortions accounted for 30 percent of all maternal deaths in Zambia.

Enough is enough! There are no more excuses left. It is time for the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights to pack its bags and leave Banjul – promising to return to its original home when President Yahya Jammeh is eventually removed from office.

Court dismisses case against HIVactivist Paul Kasonkomona

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In February 2012, a small group of people tried to register an independent organisation in Botswana. The objectives of the organisation are to promote the universality of human rights in Botswana and to encourage the provision of health services without discrimination. The organisation would seek to achieve these objectives through advocacy, education and research.

So far, so good.

And so it came to pass. After weeks of hate speech and ‘gay-bashing’ by homophobic politicians and religious leaders, two men have been arrested in Zambia for the ‘sin’ of being gay. Ever since Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu launched into his latest anti-homosexual tirade a few weeks ago, it was only a matter of time before the police – and public – took action. And now they have.

In the latter half of 2011, the Zimbabwean Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs announced that it was making moves to harmonise the country’s marriage laws, which have long been criticised for not giving women the same marriage rights and legal protection as their spouses or counterparts in other unions. The changes would see every Zimbabwean marriage being recognised under one act and the same rights and limitations being applied to all marriages by the proposed law. Zimbabwe’s law currently recognises two kinds of unions –civil marriage and registered customary marriage.

As a gay African, with a background in analytic philosophy, the most annoying opposition to my sexual orientation is the claim that my lifestyle is un-African. It is annoying because historic and anthropological claims about the origins of behaviour seldom offer principled reasons why a lifestyle should never be allowed.

Amnesty calls for end to homophobic attacks

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