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South Africa: Moratorium on Domestic Trade in Rhino Horn Temporarily Re-Instituted

On June 6, 2016, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) effectively, if only temporarily, re-instituted a 2009 ban on domestic trade in rhino horn and products derived from it.   This was due to the DEA appealing to the Constitutional Court a prior Supreme Court of Appeal ruling affirming a 2015 decision of the High Court […]

Kenya: Law on Registration of Out-of-Wedlock Children Ruled Unconstitutional

(May 27, 2016) On May 26, 2016, the Kenyan High Court found unconstitutional a provision in the Birth and Death Registration Act banning the inclusion in an out-of-wedlock child’s birth certificate of the name of the child’s putative father without his consent.  (Kids Born Out of Wedlock to Have Father’s Name in Birth Certificate – […]

Zambia: Parliament Makes Further Cuts to Royalty Rates on Production of Minerals

(May 23, 2016) On May 4, 2016, Zambia’s 158–member unicameral Parliament passed the Mines and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill, 2016, to amend the Mines and Minerals Development Act 2015.  (Martine Chileshe, Zambia Mines and Mineral Development Act 2015 – Amendment, TAX NEWS SERVICE (June 30, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database.)  According to […]

Botswana: Highest Court Rules Government Must Register Gay Rights Advocacy Group

(Mar. 29, 2016) In a unanimous decision on March 16, 2016, the Botswana Court of Appeal, the highest court in the country, upheld a 2014 High Court ruling that found unconstitutional a decision of the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs refusing to register the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) as a society, and […]

Nigeria: Gender Equality Bill Fails in the Senate

(Mar. 28, 2016) On March 15, 2015, the Nigerian Senate voted down the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill, 2016 (S.B 116), which aimed to accord women rights equal to those of men in various spheres of life and to impose certain measures to address past and current discriminatory practices.  (Timothy Oshi, Nigerian Senate Rejects Bill […]

Uganda: Non-Governmental Organizations Bill Becomes Law

(Mar. 17, 2016) It was reported on March 9, 2016, that the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, recently signed into law the Non-Governmental Organisations Bill, 2015, repealing and replacing the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration Act of 1989 (as amended in 2006).  (Amy Fallon, Repressive NGO Act, IPS (Mar. 9, 2016).)  It appears that the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration […]

Uganda: Parliament Passes Amendments to Children Act

(Mar. 17, 2016) On March 2, 2016, the 388–member unicameral Ugandan Parliament passed the Children (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the goal of which is “to amend the Children Act, Cap. 59; enhance protection of a child; provide for the guardianship of children; provide for inter country adoption; prohibit corporal punishment and provide for related matters.”  (The Children (Amendment) […]

Sierra Leone: Changes to the 1991 Constitution Proposed

(Feb. 29, 2016) On February 16, 2016, Sierra Leone’s Constitutional Review Committee (an 80-member body established in 2013 to review the 1991 Constitution and a 2008 report proposing changes to it) published an abridged draft report of its findings.  (Ibrahim Tarawallie, New Chapters Proposed in New Constitution, CONCORD TIMES (Feb. 17, 2016).)   The draft report, which took two years […]

Malawi: Parliament to Consider Access to Information Bill

(Feb. 23, 2016) On February 12, 2016, the Malawi Cabinet approved the Access to Information Bill, which seeks to accord access to public information in the custody of various private and public institutions.  (MISA Malawi Commends Malawi for Approving the Access to Information Bill, STAR AFRICA.COM (Feb. 18, 2016).)  The legislation was sent to the 193-member […]

South Sudan: Laws Regulating Non-Governmental Organizations Enacted

(Feb. 16, 2016) On February 11, 2016, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, signed into law two bills: the Non-Governmental Organizations Bill, 2015 (NGO Bill) (repealing and replacing the Non-Governmental Organizations Act of 2003), and the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Bill, 2015.  (South Sudanese President Signs NGO Bill into Law, SUDAN TRIBUNE (Feb. 11, […]