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The decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the discriminatory section of the Chieftainship Act so that first-born daughters cannot inherit chieftainship is a step backwards for gender equality in Lesotho.

Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law, Women's Rights
Sub-Saharan Africa
written by
Kimberly Brody
Senior Program Associate, Rights & Justice Initiatives

On October 11 and 12, the AU will meet in an extraordinary summit to discuss pulling out of the Rome Statute, the agreement that created the ICC. Such a decision would have major implications both for ICC itself and for accountability for perpetrators of human rights abuses in Africa and around the world. The nearly three dozen African countries that are currently party to the Rome Statute must vote against this proposal and reaffirm their commitment to justice for victims, an end to impunity at the highest levels for the gravest crimes, and an international system that supports the rule of law.

The judiciary’s failure to operate independently and effectively poses a serious threat to rule of law in Lesotho, according to a recent Freedom House report.

Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Rule of Law
Sub-Saharan Africa

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