ANCL Newsflash 19 March 2013

Réseau Ouest et Centre Africain de Recherche en Education (ROCARE)/
Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA)
Appel à propositions du Programme ROCARE des subventions pour la recherche en éducation, édition 2013. LIRE ICI
Call for proposals for the 8th edition (2013) of ERNWACA Research Grants Programme. Read more here
In line with UNIDROIT’s legal co-operation activities, a Research Scholarships Programme has been set up for top-level lawyers, with special attention given to applicants from developing countries or countries in economic transition. Since 1993, when the Programme was first launched, it has hosted roughly 200 researchers from some 60 countries. Between 12 and 15 scholarships are awarded each year for an average research period of two months.
Candidatures for the forthcoming selection for 2013-2014 should be sent to the UNIDROIT Secretariat by 30 April 2013 (advance notice of application is welcome).
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU), SADC Lawyers Association (SADC LA) and Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) express their deepest concern at the unlawful arrest and detention of prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa.
Freedom under Law, Liberty and the Binghan Centre also released statements


Release Beatrice Mtetwa!

March 17, 2013
Freedom Under Law, founded to assert the rule of law in Southern Africa, condemns the arrest reported today of the member of its Board of Directors, Beatrice Mtetwa.
Ms Mtetwa was professionally engaged in giving legal assistance to a client targeted by Zimbabwean police when she herself was taken into custody.  It is particularly disturbing that the summary arrest of a highly respected legal practitioner should follow immediately after the closing of voting in the constitutional referendum in Zimbabwe and after a series of raids by police, even on the office of the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
This is not the first occasion on which Ms Mtetwa has been harassed and deprived of her liberty by virtue of her courageous legal representation of political dissenters.  Previously she has been detained and assaulted while in police custody.  Freedom Under Law is concerned for her safety now and is in the process of arranging legal representation for her.
Beatrice Mtetwa is a former President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, director of the Mail&Guardian, and outspoken critic of executive excesses in Zimbabwe.  Her work as a human rights lawyer has rightly received international recognition: She has received awards from the European Bar Human Rights Institute and the American Bar Association among other commendations.
Freedom Under Law calls for the immediate release of Beatrice Mtetwa, and the condemnation by other SADC governments of this retaliatory measure against one of Zimbabwe’s foremost human rights legal practitioners.
Liberty and the Bingham Centre signed on to the FUL statement:
Liberty and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law wholeheartedly endorse the statement of Freedom Under Law condemning the arrest of Beatrice Mtetwa in Harare today.
Ms Mtweta is known internationally as a highly competent lawyer of the highest integrity. She was the recipient of a Liberty Human Rights Award in 2003.  It is a cardinal principle of the rule of law and democracy that legal counsel are able represent their clients without intimidation so that acts and decisions of all public officials can be fairly challenged through the courts. 
Shami Chakrabarti        Director, Liberty, London
Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC     Director, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, London
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