The 52nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, held in Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire from 9-22 October 2012, celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Commission.

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Since the 9 January 2012 administrative staff from the Ministry of Justice have been on strike in Malawi. At issue is a government promise almost five years ago to grant them a 50 % salary increase which has never been fulfilled. They are also demanding that members of the judicial system be treated in the same manner as other civil servants in that their salaries should be reviewed every year and not every third year and that they must be paid their arrear wages before they return to work. They have vowed to continue to strike until their demands are met arguing that in 2008 they embarked on a similar strike  but cancelled that strike after three days when government officials promised to review their grievances. Read the rest of this entry »