NGOs urge SADC Ministers to safeguard Tribunal

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and the Southern African Development Community Lawyers Association (SADC LA) urged Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to safeguard the SADC Tribunal and the rule of law in the region as they meet in Luanda from 11 to 15 June 2012 to determine the future of the SADC Tribunal.

The three legal bodies met with a number of Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General from SADC member States ahead of their meeting to request them to preserve the rule of law by particularly ensuring that access to the SADC Tribunal by private persons is retained and that its human rights mandate is strengthened rather than scrapped.

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