New Law Criminalizes HIV/AIDS Transmission, Requires Pregnant Women to Undergo HIV Testing (Sep. 17, 2014) by Hanibal Goitom

In August 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law the HIV and AIDS prevention and control bill, which, among other measures, criminalizes intentional transmission of ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Discrimination; HIV/AIDS; Women's rights
Jurisdiction: Uganda

Parliament Adopts Stringent Anti-Homosexuality Law (Sep. 16, 2014) by Hanibal Goitom

On August 25, 2014, The Gambia's 53-member unicameral National Assembly adopted the Criminal Code (Amendment) Act, 2014, aimed at including a new crime of "aggravated homosexuality" ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; LGBT rights
Jurisdiction: Gambia

Parliament to Criminalize Use of Wrong Title to Address Top Government Officials (May. 09, 2014) by Hanibal Goitom

Kenya's Parliament is considering a bill, the Order of Precedence Bill, 2014, which, among other goals, is aimed at "providing a yardstick for determining the proper ...

Topic: Civil rights and liberties; Crime and law enforcement; Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Supreme Court Invalidates Igbo Customary Law Denying Female Descendants the Right to Inherit (May. 06, 2014) by Hanibal Goitom

On April 14, 2014, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, confirmed decisions of two lower courts, which had found unconstitutional an Igbo customary law ...

Topic: Customary law; Discrimination; Inheritance and succession; Women's rights
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Comprehensive Marriage Law Enacted (May. 02, 2014) by Hanibal Goitom

On April 29, 2014, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya signed into law the Marriage Bill, 2014, a comprehensive law consolidating various laws governing religious, customary, and ...

Topic: Child custody; Divorce; Marriage and family status; Polygamy
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Implementation of New Wildlife Law Expedited (Apr. 24, 2014) by Hanibal Goitom

In early April 2014, it was reported that a special unit of prosecutors, the Wildlife Crimes Prosecution Unit, recently formed to combat wildlife-related crimes in Kenya, ...

Topic: Animal protection; Conservation; Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Parliament Passes Comprehensive Marriage Bill, Changes Process for Contracting Customary Marriages (Mar. 28, 2014) by Hanibal Goitom

On March 20, 2014, the 349-member lower chamber of the National Assembly (Kenya's parliament) passed the Marriage Bill No. 13 of 2013. Among other objectives, ...

Topic: Civil law; Families ; Marriage and family status
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Cybercrime Bill Proposed (Feb. 05, 2014) by Hanibal Goitom

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan recently introduced the Cybercrime Bill, 2013 in the National Assembly. (Nuruddeen M. Abdallah andamp; Musa Abdullahi Krishi, Cybercrime Bill: FG Seeks ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Cybercrime; Intelligence activities
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Law Designed to Spur Youth Hiring Takes Effect (Jan. 09, 2014) by Hanibal Goitom

On January 1, 2014, the Employment Tax Incentive Act No. 26 of 2013 (582 GOVERNMENT GAZETTE (Dec. 18, 2013)), aimed at spurring youth hiring through ...

Topic: Employee hiring; Labor
Jurisdiction: South Africa

Constitutional Court Upholds Mandatory Minimum Sentence Rule for Accomplices in Armed Robberies (Dec. 31, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On November 28, 2013, the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the court of last resort on all constitutional issues, overturned a decision of the Western Cape ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Judiciary; Sentencing
Jurisdiction: South Africa

Bill Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage Moves Forward (Dec. 26, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On December 17, 2013, the Nigerian Senate unanimously adopted a Conference Committee report on the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, 2011, bringing the bill one step ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Families ; Marriage and family status; Same-sex marriage
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Parliament Approves Anti-Pornography Bill (Dec. 23, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On December 18, 2013, Uganda's 375-member unicameral Parliament adopted the Anti-Pornography Bill, 2011, which seeks to establish a catch-all offense of pornography and provide a comprehensive ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Pornography
Jurisdiction: Uganda

National Assembly Approves Renewable Energy Legislation by Unanimous Vote (Dec. 18, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On December 12, 2013, The Gambia's 53-member unicameral National Assembly unanimously adopted the Renewable Energy Bill, 2012, which, among other objectives, is aimed at putting in ...

Topic: Energy; Energy efficiency and conservation; Taxation
Jurisdiction: Gambia

Rejection of Bill Capping NGO Foreign Funding and Giving Spy Agency Broadened Surveillance Powers (Dec. 12, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On December 4, 2013, Kenya's parliament rejected the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2013, which, if passed, would have amended various laws resulting, among others, in ...

Topic: Human rights; Intelligence activities; National security; Nongovernmental organizations
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Parliament Passes Matrimonial Property Bill, Affects Equal Sharing of Assets in Divorce (Nov. 18, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On November 12, 2013, Kenya's Parliament passed the Matrimonial Property Bill, 2013, with key amendments that some argue will adversely affect the ability for stay-at-home women ...

Topic: Civil law; Divorce; Families ; Marriage and family status; Women's rights
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Federal Government Adopts Draft Policy to Eradicate Child Labor (Sep. 24, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, ...

Topic: Families; Labor
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

High Court Abolishes Rule Denying Married Women the Right to Institute Legal Action On Their Behalf (Aug. 20, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Swaziland

Gatherings of Three or More People Without Prior Police Approval Outlawed (Aug. 14, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On August 6, 2013, Uganda's 388-member unicameral Parliament passed the Public Order Management Bill, 2011 (POMB), which, among other measures, mandates police approval of "public meetings" ...

Topic: Constitution; Freedom of speech; Police power
Jurisdiction: Uganda

Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation Signed into Law (Aug. 02, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On July 29, 2013, South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma, signed into law the country's first comprehensive legislation on human trafficking, the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Human trafficking
Jurisdiction: South Africa

Parliament Passes Revised Law Governing Investments (Jul. 30, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On July 18, 2013, Ghana's Parliament adopted the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Bill 2013, which, if signed into law by Ghana's President, will introduce changes to ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: Ghana

Women Judges Voice Concern over Domestic Violence (Jul. 08, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (

Topic: Domestic violence; Judges; Families
Jurisdiction: Uganda

Proposal to Amend Refugee Law (Jun. 12, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

The Government of Rwanda recently proposed legislation aimed at amending the country's refugee law, Law No. 34/2001 of July 5, 2001 [in French] (REFWORLD) and ...

Topic: Asylum
Jurisdiction: Rwanda

Police Chief Calls for Gun Law Reform (May. 23, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on May 20, 2013, that Sebastian Ndeitunga, Namibia's Police Inspector General, said that the ...

Topic: Firearms and explosives; Police power
Jurisdiction: Namibia

Constitutional Court Denies Women the Right to Inherit Customary Titles (May. 20, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Lesotho

Supreme Court Upholds Bini Customary Law System of Primogeniture (Apr. 24, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Parliament Considering Measure to Outlaw Possession of Weapons in Public Gatherings (Feb. 19, 2013) by Hanibal Goitom

South Africa's government recently submitted the Dangerous Weapons Bill, 2012, aimed at banning possession of "dangerous weapons" ...

Topic: Weapons development
Jurisdiction: South Africa

Proposal to Tighten Rules on Private Security Industry (Aug. 02, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on June 21, 2012, that the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill, aimed at, among other objectives, restricting foreign ownership of private security ...

Topic: National security
Jurisdiction: South Africa

Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Passed by Senate (Jul. 30, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter,

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Liberia

House of Assembly Reduces Powers of Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (Jul. 20, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On July 12, 2012, the 214-member Zimbabwe House of Assembly adopted the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Bill, 2011, aimed at putting into operation the Zimbabwe Human ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Zimbabwe

Lower House Adopts Legislation Aimed at Improving Welfare of Elderly (Jul. 19, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on July 16, 2012, that Zimbabwe's House of Assembly, the lower house of the country's 313-member bicameral Parliament, passed the Older Persons Bill, ...

Topic: Social security
Jurisdiction: Zimbabwe

Federal Court Imposes Harsh Sentences on Journalists, Opposition Members (Jul. 17, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On July 13, 2012, the Ethiopian Federal Court handed down severe sentences, ranging from eight years to life imprisonment, against 20 journalists and opposition figures. (Aaron ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Ethiopia

President Vetoes Major Legislation (Jul. 12, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On June 25, 2012, Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya, vetoed the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2012 (34 KENYA GAZETTE SUPPLEMENT (May 2, 2012)), which ...

Topic: Executive power
Jurisdiction: Kenya

ICTR Convicts Ex-Minister for Crimes Committed During 1994 Rwandan Genocide (Jun. 06, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On May 31, 2012, Trial Chamber III of the Arusha, Tanzania, based International Criminal Court for Rwanda (ICTR) (ICTR website (last visited May 31, 2012)), ...

Topic: Genocide
Jurisdiction: Rwanda

Kenya Deposit Insurance Bill Becomes Law (May. 16, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On May 9, 2012, Kenya's President, Mawi Kibaki, signed into law the Kenya Deposit Insurance Act, 2012, which provides for the establishment of a deposit insurance ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Court Orders Parliament to Review Law Threatening Access to Generic Medicine (Apr. 25, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Proposal to Re-Introduce Presidential Term Limits (Apr. 25, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on April 17, 2012, that a group of Members of the Parliament of Uganda, led by MP Gerald Karuhanga, are preparing to move ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Uganda

Constitutional Court Declares Five Provincial Acts Unconstitutional, Suspends Ruling Temporarily (Apr. 16, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On March 22, 2012, the Constitutional Court of South Africa unanimously declared unconstitutional five laws issued by the legislatures of five of the country's nine provinces. ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: South Africa

Parliament Mulling Proposal to Legalize Abortion (Apr. 05, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On March 26, 2012, it was reported that the Rwandan Parliament is considering a draft presidential order aimed at legalizing abortion in limited circumstances, including in ...

Topic: Abortion
Jurisdiction: Rwanda

Environmental Management Act Takes Effect Four Years After Adoption (Mar. 01, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On January 18, 2012, Namibia's Minister of Environment and Tourism put into effect the Environmental Management Act (EMA), Act No. 7 of 2007. (Government ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Namibia

Measure in Parliament to Stop Landlords from Auctioning Their Tenants' Property (Feb. 27, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

Kenya's Parliament is gearing up to begin debate on the Land Bill 2012, which, among other objectives, seeks to drastically change the landlord-tenant relationship in the ...

Topic: Property
Jurisdiction: Kenya

High Court Declares Anti-Corruption Act Provision Unconstitutional (Feb. 23, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Namibia

Parliament Considering Petroleum Bill (Feb. 10, 2012) by Hanibal Goitom

On February 8, 2012, the Ugandan government tabled the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill, 2012, which, if enacted, will give effect to ...

Topic: Mineral resources and mines
Jurisdiction: Uganda

Senate Adopts Bill Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage (Nov. 30, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Former Mayor Convicted for Crimes Committed During the 1994 Genocide (Nov. 18, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On November 17, 2011, the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR (last visited Nov. 17, 2011)) convicted Gregoire Ndahimana, former mayor of Kivumu ...

Topic: Genocide
Jurisdiction: Rwanda

House of Representatives to Consider Legislation on Appointment of Ministers (Nov. 14, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On November 8, 2011, it was reported that the lower house of Nigeria's National Assembly will review legislation, the Confirmation of Ministerial Nominees (Procedure) Bill, 2011, ...

Topic: Executive power
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Draft Legislation to Require Publishers to Deposit Books in Parliament Library (Oct. 18, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On October 12, 2011, a draft law aimed at amending the Books and Newspapers Act of 1960 was introduced in the Kenyan Parliament. If enacted, the ...

Topic: Libraries
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to President Sirleaf's Eligibility to Seek Re-Election (Oct. 06, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Liberia

Senate Considering Legislation to Criminalize Same-Sex Marriage (Oct. 04, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Supreme Court Ratifies a Constitutional Amendment (Sep. 27, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Liberia

Supreme Court Suspends Election Campaigns (Sep. 21, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Liberia

Law on Child Rights Enacted in Zanzibar (Sep. 01, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On August 25, 2011, Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, the President of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous island region in the United Republic of Tanzania, signed into law a ...

Topic: Children
Jurisdiction: Tanzania

High Court in Lusaka Throws Out Case Questioning Citizenship of Incumbent President (Aug. 11, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Zambia

Proposal for Constitutional Amendment to Reduce Presidential and Gubernatorial Tenure to Single Term (Aug. 01, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

Reuters reported on July 26, 2011, that Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's President, who is currently serving his ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Bauchi State Prosecuting Two on Witchcraft Charges (Jul. 28, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on July 21, 2011 that two individuals were brought before Nigeria's Bauchi State Chief Magistrate's Court in the Warji Local Government Area ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Bill Criminalizing HIV/AIDS Transmission Advances in Parliament (Jul. 20, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on July 14, 2011, that Uganda's 332-member unicameral Parliament (Parliament website, last visited July 18, 2011) is close to passing the HIV/AIDS ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Uganda

On the Defensive over Heavy Involvement in Africa (Jul. 06, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

As it prepares to launch yet another investigation into the recent conflict in Ivory Coast, the International Criminal Court (ICC) finds itself on the defensive and ...

Topic: War crimes
Jurisdiction: International Criminal Court

Court Annuls Election Law Provision Banning Tribunals from Making Declaratory Judgment (Jul. 06, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Government Brings Treason Charges Against Six Opposition Supporters (Jun. 29, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

Reuters reported on June 28, 2011, that the Ugandan government has brought six individuals, said to be opposition supporters, before a court in Kampala on treason ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Uganda

Former Minister Convicted of Crimes Committed During 1994 Genocide (Jun. 27, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On June 24, 2011, the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Rwanda's former Minister for Family Affairs and Women's Development, of ...

Topic: War crimes
Jurisdiction: Rwanda

Chamber of Deputies Adopts Amendment to Election Law (Jun. 21, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Rwanda

Constitutionality of Extension of Chief Justice's Tenure to Be Challenged (Jun. 17, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

Two South Africa-based rights groups are gearing up to challenge the legality of President Jacob Zuma's June 3, 2011, decision to unilaterally extend by five years ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: South Africa

Amnesty International Calls for Review of Genocide Ideology Law, Media Law (Jun. 09, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On June 3, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) issued a report titled Unsafe to Speak Out: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Rwanda, in which it criticizes ...

Topic: Freedom of speech
Jurisdiction: Rwanda

Freedom of Information Bill Passes Both Houses of Parliament (May. 31, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

News outlets are reporting that both houses of Nigeria's Parliament have adopted the harmonized version of the Freedom of Information Bill (hereinafter FOI). The House of ...

Topic: Freedom of information
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

ICTR Convicts Former High Ranking Rwandan Officers (May. 20, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On May 17, 2011, the Tanzania-based International Criminal Court for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted four former high-ranking officers in the Rwandan army and police: Augustin Bizimungu (former ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Rwanda

House of Representatives Approves Sovereign Investment Authority Bill (May. 20, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

The Nigerian House of Representatives approved the Sovereign Investment Authority Bill (Nigerian House of Representatives website (last visited May 17, 2011), which the upper house ...

Topic: Economics and Public Finance
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Senate Approves Sovereign Investment Authority Bill (May. 13, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On May 11, 2011, the 109-member Nigerian Senate approved the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority Bill, 2010, which seeks to establish a sovereign wealth fund to manage ...

Topic: Economics and Public Finance
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

New Law on Mining in the Offing (Apr. 28, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On April 26, 2011, Reuters reported that the Government of the Republic of Guinea is gearing up to issue a new mining law (hereinafter the draft ...

Topic: Mineral resources and mines
Jurisdiction: Guinea

Government Institutions in Dispute over Right of Foreigners to Practice Law in Ethiopia (Apr. 26, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on April 23, 2011, that two Ethiopian government institutions are in disagreement over whether foreign attorneys of Ethiopian origin should be allowed to ...

Topic: Lawyers and legal services
Jurisdiction: Ethiopia

Puntland Establishes Piracy Courts and Prisons (Apr. 20, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On April 18, 2011, Reuters reported that Somalia's Puntland semi-autonomous regional state will soon put in place special prisons and courts to try pirates in the ...

Topic: Piracy
Jurisdiction: Somalia

Court of Appeals Upholds High Court Ruling, No Gubernatorial Elections in Five States (Apr. 18, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Death Penalty for Drug Offenses Abolished (Apr. 11, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on April 6, 2011, that the 53-member unicameral Gambian National Assembly amended three laws, the Drug Control Act of 2003, the Criminal Code ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Gambia

INEC Appeals Court Ruling Exempting Five States from Upcoming Gubernatorial Elections (Apr. 07, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Parliament Considering Limited Partnership Bill (Apr. 06, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on April 2, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Limited Partnership Bill 2010, which seeks to repeal and replace the Limited Partnership ...

Topic: Corporations
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Comprehensive Bill Before Parliament Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation (Apr. 05, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Constitutionality of Provisions of Electoral Act 2010 Challenged in Court (Apr. 05, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

New Pension Scheme Introduced (Mar. 09, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On March 1, 2011, the 193-member unicameral Malawi Parliament adopted Pension Bill No. 14 of 2010, which seeks to establish a mandatory pension system. (Dickson Kashoti ...

Topic: Employee benefits
Jurisdiction: Malawi

Parliament Approves Petroleum Management Bill (Mar. 07, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On March 2, 2011, the 230-member unicameral Ghanaian Parliament approved the petroleum management bill, which seeks to establish a legal framework for efficient collection, allocation, and ...

Topic: Natural resources
Jurisdiction: Ghana

House of Representatives Approves Freedom of Information Bill (Mar. 01, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On February 24, 2011, the 360-member lower house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Freedom of Information Bill which seeks to provide a right of access ...

Topic: Freedom of information
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Sexual, Gender Violence (Feb. 25, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: South Sudan; Sudan

Senate, House Approve Anti-Terrorism Bill (Feb. 24, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On February 22, 2011, Nigeria's House of Representatives adopted an anti-terrorism bill that had been passed on February 17 by the Nigerian Senate (An Act to ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Consolidated LAWS OF THE GAMBIA Through 2009 Issued (Feb. 17, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on February 14, 2011, that the Gambian government has published consolidated laws of The Gambia (2009 REVISED EDITION OF LAWS OF THE GAMBIA) ...

Topic: Legal systems
Jurisdiction: Gambia

Speaker Orders 77 Members of Parliament to Vacate Their Seats (Feb. 17, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On February 11, 2011, Edward Ssekandi, the Speaker of the 332-member unicameral Ugandan Parliament, ordered 77 MPs to vacate their seats in the eighth Parliament. The ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: Uganda

Court Issues Ruling That May Force 70 MPs to Lose Their Seats (Feb. 07, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On February 1, 2011, the Ugandan Constitutional Court issued a ruling that may force 70 of the 332-member unicameral Ugandan Parliament to vacate their seats. The ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: Uganda

Law Enacted Giving Government Unfettered Power to Ban Local Publications (Feb. 03, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on January 27, 2011, that President Bingu Wa Mutharika of Malawi signed into law the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2009, which, among other ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: Malawi

Special Courts and Anti-Piracy Law Proposed (Jan. 27, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On January 25, 2011, the United Nations special envoy on maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia put forward a proposal for the establishment of special ...

Topic: Piracy
Jurisdiction: Somalia

Proposal to Establish Healthcare Consumer Protection Agency (Jan. 26, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: South Africa

Constitutionality of Government Memo Imposing Racial Profiling Challenged (Jan. 20, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on January 13, 2011, that the High Court in Mombasa is looking into the constitutionality of a government-issued confidential internal memo which calls ...

Topic: Constitution; Discrimination
Jurisdiction: Kenya

National Assembly to Increase Minimum Wage (Jan. 19, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on January 13, 2011, that Jonathan Goodluck, President of Nigeria, has forwarded a bill to amend the law on the national minimum wage ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Nigeria

Court Rules Leaking of Homosexuals' Identity by Media Unlawful (Jan. 04, 2011) by Hanibal Goitom

In what rights groups are already calling a landmark ruling, on December 30, 2010, the Ugandan High Court at Kampala ruled that media outlets may not ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Uganda

Violence Against Women Rising (Dec. 15, 2010) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Corporal Punishment Incident Under Investigation (Dec. 15, 2010) by Hanibal Goitom

It was reported on December 12, 2010, that the Sudanese Judicial Authority ordered an investigation into the way in which a flogging sentence was carried out ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Sudan

Government to Put Public Documents Under Copyright Protection, Making Citizens' Access More Difficult (Dec. 06, 2010) by Hanibal Goitom