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Uganda: Court Declares Refund of Bride-Price Under Customary Law Unconstitutional

(Aug. 12, 2015) Eight years after it began, a legal battle challenging the constitutionality of a customary practice of refunding the bride-price at the dissolution of customary marriages ended with Uganda’s Supreme Court, the highest court of the land, declaring the practice unconstitutional. (Uganda Bride Price Refund Outlawed by Top Judges, BBC NEWS (Aug. 6, […]

Uganda: Parliament Amends Terrorism Law

(June 26, 2015) Uganda’s 386-member unicameral Parliament recently adopted the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2015, aimed at revising parts of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002. (Halima Abdallah, Uganda MPs Pass Anti-Terror Bill, EAST AFRICAN (June 20, 2015).) The legislation must be signed by the President or be passed again by Parliament with the support of at […]

Tanzania: Cybercrimes Bill Enacted

(June 15, 2015) It was reported recently that Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has signed into law the Cyber Crimes Bill, 2015. (Kikwete Signs Cybercrime Bill, PESA TIMES (May. 9, 2015).) As indicated in its “Objectives and Reasons” section, the legislation makes provision for “offences related to computer systems and Information Communication Technologies [as well as] […]

South Africa: Regulations Aimed at Stemming Parental Kidnapping Take Effect

(June 8, 2015) On June 1, 2015, South African immigration regulations imposing certain rules on parents and others traveling to or from South Africa that are intended to curb parental kidnapping of small children took effect. (Statement by Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni, at the Media Briefing on New Requirements for Travelling with Children Coming […]

Nigeria: New Immigration Law Enacted

(June 5, 2015) On May 25, 2015, outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law new immigration legislation that repealed and replaced the 1963 Immigration Act. (Jonathan Signs Anti-Violence, Immigration Bills into Law, INFORMATION NIGERIA (May 25, 2015).) According to Victor Ndoma-Egba, the Senate Majority Leader, the purpose of the legislation is to establish a […]

Nigeria: Bill on Elimination of Violence Against Persons Enacted into Law

(June 4, 2015) On May 25, 2015, as one of his last acts in office, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the Violence Against Persons Bill. (Mohammed Abubakar & Kanayo Umeh, Jonathan Signs Two Bills into Law, GUARDIAN (May 26, 2015).) According to its 2011 version, the legislation contains provisions banning various forms […]

Tanzania: Parliament Passes Non-Citizens Employment Act

(Apr. 28, 2015) Tanzania’s 357-member unicameral Parliament recently passed the Non-Citizens (Employment Regulation) Act, which, as its name indicates, is aimed at regulating the employment of non-citizens in the country. (Foreign Workers Face Tougher Times in Dar, TRADE MARK (Mar. 23, 2015).) According to Gaudentia M. Kabaka, the Minister of Labour and Employment and the […]

Kenya: Proposal to Forcibly Repatriate Somali Refugees

(Apr. 16, 2015) Following the April 2, 2015, deadly attacks at Kenya’s Garissa University carried out by members of the Somalia-based terrorist organization known as Al-Shabaab, which resulted in the killing of 147 students, Kenya announced that it wants the Dadaab refugee complex closed immediately and its residents, who are all Somalis, moved to Somalia. […]

South Africa: Proposal to Limit Land Ownership by Citizens and Foreigners

(Feb. 24, 2015) On February 12, 2015, in his 2015 State of the Nation address, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced that his government is preparing to propose for parliamentary action the Regulation of Land Holdings Bill. (South Africa’s Zuma Outlines Land Reform Plans, BBC NEWS (Feb. 14, 2015).) Among other objectives, the measure aims […]

Malawi: Parliament Passes Comprehensive Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Legislation

(Feb. 24, 2015) On February 12, 2015, Malawi’s 193-member unicameral National Assembly passed the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill, 2015. (Malawi Parliament Overwhelmingly Passes Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill Without Amendment, MALAWI VOICE (Feb. 13, 2015).) The legislation, which is awaiting a presidential signature in order to by formally enacted, consolidates various laws […]