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Malawi case flags growing threats to human rights, role of African Court

Almost every country in the world is experiencing a narrowing of peoples’ rights and freedoms because of government restrictions imposed in the name of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. But will these governments willingly give up their new powers as the contagion eases? And if not, where should the people of a state look for help, if their own courts uphold these infringements of fundamental rights? In Africa, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights would be the court to adjudicate serious rights issues like these.

Judgment of Supreme Court, Malawi, awarding costs against Charles Kajoloweka

Ruling by African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights on jurisdiction to hear Kajoloweka matter and staying enforcement of Malawi's order

UK court hands "Africa's last colony" an unexpected win

While two rival meetings were being held in Africa this week on the disputed future of Western Sahara, the territory – often referred to as Africa’s last colony – won an unexpected victory in court.

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At opposite ends of Africa, the disputed future of Western Sahara was a major issue this week. Way down, almost at the bottom of the continent, South Africa and Namibia jointly hosted a meeting of Southern African Development Community members. Among the guests was a delegation from Polisario, the organization that claims to represent the people of Western Sahara or, as it is sometimes called, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

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