Good News on The Slavery Front

It does not happen that often, so it is worth noticing when the good guys win!

Let’s hope this sets a precedent that former slaves can obtain compensation in court and rebuild their lives. Unfortunately, Ms Mani’s story is both horrific and not unusual for slaves in that part of Africa.

What is again important here is that the panel of judges in this case was composed of magistrates from different countries. A good example of regional governance:

This is a case where regional jurisprudence should be used to fight against local customary rule which, quite often, contributes to the maintenance of harmful practices, often directed against women as part of traditional patriarchal structures.

Let’s hope indeed. In the meantime, score one for the good guys.

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