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Protection from Violence

Lesotho, English

(1) No person shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading punishment or other treatment.
… (Sec. 8)

Protection from Violence

Lesotho, English

(1) No person shall be held in slavery or servitude.
(2) No person shall be required to perform forced labour.
… (Sec. 9)

Protection from Violence

Lesotho, English

(1) Whereas every person in Lesotho is entitled, whatever his race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status to fundamental human rights and freedoms, that is to say, to each and all of the following—

(d) freedom from inhuman treatment;
(e) freedom from slavery and forced labour;
… (Sec. 4)

Protection from Violence

Lesotho, English

Lesotho shall adopt policies designed to provide that—
(a) protection and assistance is given to all children and young persons without any discrimination for reasons of parentage or other conditions;
(b) children and young persons are protected from economic and social exploitation;
(c) the employment of children and young persons in work harmful to their morals or health or dangerous to life or likely to hamper their normal development is punishable by law; and
(d) there are age limits below which the paid employment of children and young persons is prohibited and punishable by law. (Sec. 32)

Affirmative Action (Broadly)

Lesotho, English

(1) Subject to the provisions of subsections (4) and (5) no law shall make any provision that is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect.
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(3) In this section, the expression “discriminatory” means affording different treatment to different persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of another such description.
(4) Subsection (1) shall not apply to any law to the extent that that law makes provision—

(e) whereby persons of any such description as is mentioned in subsection (3) may be made subject to any disability or restriction or may be accorded any privilege or advantage which, having regard to its nature and to special circumstances pertaining to those persons or to persons of any other such description, is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.
Nothing in this subsection shall prevent the making of laws in pursuance of the principle of State Policy of promoting a society based on equality and justice for all the citizens of Lesotho and thereby removing any discriminatory law.
... (Sec. 18)

Affirmative Action (Broadly)

Lesotho, English

(1) Lesotho shall adopt policies aimed at promoting a society based on equality and justice for all its citizens regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
(2) In particular, the State shall take appropriate measures in order to promote equality of opportunity for the disadvantaged groups in the society to enable them to participate fully in all spheres of public life. (Sec. 26)

Customary Law

Lesotho, English

The Senate shall consist of the twenty-two Principal Chiefs and eleven other Senators nominated in that behalf by the King acting in accordance with the advice of the Council of State: … (Sec. 55)

Customary Law

Lesotho, English

(1) The twenty-two offices of Principal Chief set out in Schedule 2 to this Constitution and the other offices of Chief recognised under the law in force immediately before the commencement of this Constitution shall continue to exist.
(2) Parliament may make provision for the regulation of offices of chief.
(3) Each Chief shall have such functions as are conferred on him by this Constitution or by or under any other law. (Sec. 103)

Customary Law

Lesotho, English

(1) In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires: “Chief” does not include the King but includes Principal Chief, and Headman and any other chief whose office is recognised by section 103(1) of this Constitution, and references to a Chief are references to the person who, under the law for the time being in force in that behalf, is recognised as entitled to exercise the functions of the office of that Chief;

“customary law” means the customary law of Lesotho for the time being in force subject to any modification or other provision made in respect thereof by any Act of Parliament;

“law“ includes—
(ii) the customary law of Lesotho and any other unwritten rule of law,

“Principal Chief” means a chief whose office is among those set out in Schedule 2 to this Constitution;
… (Sec. 154)

Customary Law

Lesotho, English

(1) Subject to the provisions of subsections (4) and (5) no law shall make any provision that is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect.

(3) In this section, the expression “discriminatory” means affording different treatment to different persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of another such description.
(4) Subsection (1) shall not apply to any law to the extent that that law makes provision—

(c) for the application of the customary law of Lesotho with respect to any matter in the case of persons who, under that law, are subject to that law;
… (Sec. 18)