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Botswana should let the San be

This is the truth: this land belongs to the San. History shows that the San of the Kalahari were the first inhabitants of modern-day Botswana and other countries in southern Africa.

And this is another indisputable fact: the San have inhabited this place for more than 40,000 years, long before any other communities migrated to the region.

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Land laws failing the San

Ongoing land grabs in San areas are laying bare weaknesses in state protections of the rights of marginalised communities. And the San are arguably the poorest and most marginalised group in Namibia with little access to existing political and economic institutions. While their marginalisation has a long back-story, recent events are just serving to spotlight this sad situation.

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New target for persecution in Swaziland?

When the Swazi Member of Parliament Marwick Khumalo screamed ‘political persecution’ before his recent arrest on fraud charges, the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) showed him no sympathy.

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One more right for Swazi women

July 18th was another historic day for women in Swaziland. In a landmark judgement, the High Court declared aspects of marital power unconstitutional so that women married under civil rites and in community of property can finally sue in their own names.

But while the ruling is a major step forward for women’s rights and has been received with delight by many women in Swaziland, the practical implications are depressing – since discrimination against women in administering matrimonial property continues to persist.

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Managing land sustainably

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Dakar was a hive of activity on July 8th-9th for the launch of a ground-breaking project – Improving Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Policy and Practice Interaction in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) through Civil Society Capacity Building.

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War of words over war veterans

A war of words is heating up between those who served in the pre-independence South West Africa Territory Force (SWATF as it was known) and Namibia's ruling party, SWAPO.

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A year of ups and downs for international criminal justice

Recently, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng noted in his foreword to a 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.

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A year of coalition government in Lesotho

While there were celebrations both in Lesotho and around the region when the opposition won the elections in 2012 and power was peacefully handed over, no one was entirely sure how the new government would cope – not only because Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili had been in charge for so long but also because it was a coalition government.

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SA ruling victory for international law

The  of South Africa’s Constitutional Court is perhaps a fitting eulogy for the now defunct Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal.

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Mozambique's tarnished image

REUTERS: At Bobole, a bustling refreshment stop on Mozambique's north south highway, brightly painted kiosks lined with bottles offer drinks to thirsty travellers, while hawkers sell bananas, pawpaws and carrots in a typical Africa roadside scene. But memories remain fresh off when Bobole lay in the "death corridor" of a civil war that cost nearly one million Mozambicans their lives until it ended two decades ago.

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