Region and country Archives: Africa

Zimbabwe: rule of law must be restored to ensure free and fair elections

Zimbabwe’s new government must urgently restore the rule of law and ensure free and fair elections, said the ICJ at the conclusion of a visit by its Secretary General Sam Zarifi to the country.

December 12, 2017

South African government should reconsider intention to withdraw from the ICC

The South African government should reconsider its move to withdraw from the ICC, said the ICJ, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Lawyers for Human Rights, local, regional and international human rights advocacy organizations.

December 8, 2017

Zimbabwe must restore rule of law and end military interference in governance

As Zimbabwe prepares to swear in Emmerson Mnangagwa following the resignation of long time Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, the ICJ today called on the incoming authorities to immediately act to restore the rule of law and ensure the full observance of human rights in the country.

November 24, 2017

Banjul: ICJ calls for special mechanism on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers in Africa

The ICJ today called for the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (“African Commission”) to establish a special mechanism for the protection and promotion of the independence of judges and lawyers in Africa.

November 7, 2017

Kenya: stop attacks on the judiciary in the wake of elections

The ICJ notes that a number of threats and intimidating statements aimed at members of the judiciary, including the Supreme Court, were made during the election campaign period in Kenya.

November 2, 2017

Tanzania: ICJ condemns the arbitrary detention of lawyers and human rights defenders

Today the ICJ expressed its grave concern at the arrest and arbitrary detention of 13 Tanzanian human rights defenders and lawyers on charges that are incompatible with international legal obligations binding on Tanzania. The ICJ has called for their immediate release.

October 24, 2017