C. Genevieve Jenkins | Burkina Faso: Coup undermines constitution, regional and international law

18 September 2015 – Interim president Michael Kafando and interim prime minister Yacouba Isaac Zida were arrested by the Regiment of Presidential Security (“RSP”) as part of the military coup d’etat on 17 September 2015, just ahead of elections scheduled for next month. The interim leaders were reportedly being held hostage, along with the minister […]

C. Genevieve Jenkins | Was South Africa’s vote for the 2014 SADC Tribunal Protocol unconstitutional?

11 May 2015 – If you live in a country that is part of the Southern African Development Community (“SADC”), arguably your right of access to justice was diminished in 2010, and that diminishment is close to being made permanent. Citizens of Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South […]

Genevieve Jenkins | Defining “environmental human rights” and building claims

Environmental human rights, which draw the connection between human rights and environmental degradation, are frequently omitted from human rights discussions. The African country profiles in Human Rights Watch’s 2014 World Report, for example, are almost completely devoid of discussions of environmental human rights. (The 2015 World Report has just been released and we’ll be discussing […]