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    • Protocol on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (2002)

      Entry Into Force: 2007-03-01

      Date Signed: 2002-10-03

      Type: Protocols

      Themes: Politics, Defence & Security, Public Security


      In pursuance of the goal of regional integration in the areas of social welfare peace and security, SADC extends to Member States the widest possible mutual legal assistance within the limits of the laws of their respective jurisdictions.

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    • Protocol on Forestry (2002)

      Entry Into Force: 2009-07-17

      Date Signed: 2002-08-03

      Type: Protocols

      Themes: Natural Resources, Forests


      The SADC Protocol on Forestry of 2002 aims to promote the development, conservation, sustainable management and utilisation of all types of forest and trees; trade in forest products and achieve effective protection of the environment, and safeguard the interests of both the present and future generations.

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    • Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security (2001)

      Entry Into Force: 2004-03-02

      Date Signed: 2001-08-14

      Type: Protocols

      Themes: Politics, Defence & Security, Politics and Diplomacy, Defence, Police (SARPCCO), State Security, Regional Peacekeeping, Disaster Risk Management


      In 1996, SADC created the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security – an institutional framework for coordinating policies and activities on politics, defence, and security. However, the Organ operated without a legal framework and clear objectives until SADC passed the Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation on 14th August 2001.

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    • Protocol on Fisheries (2006)

      Entry Into Force: 2003-08-08

      Date Signed: 2001-08-14

      Type: Protocols

      Themes: Agriculture & Food Security, Fisheries


      SADC recognises the important role of fisheries in the social and economic well-being and livelihood of the people of the region, in ensuring food security and alleviating poverty. Therefore to support national initiatives taken and international conventions for the sustainable use and protection of the living aquatic resources and aquatic environment of the region, SADC Member States signed the Protocol on Fisheries in 2001.

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    • Protocol on Culture, Information and Sport 2001

      Entry Into Force: 2006-01-07

      Date Signed: 2001-08-14

      Type: Protocols


      To re-enforce the central role played by culture and sport in the integration and co-operation of the Member States of SADC, The Protocol on Culture, Information and Sport was developed in 2001.

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    • Protocol on the Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Other Materials (2001)

      Entry Into Force: 2004-11-08

      Date Signed: 2001-08-14

      Type: Protocols

      Themes: Politics, Defence & Security, Public Security


      The objectives, international initiatives, legislative measures, mutual legal assistance and law enforcement on control of firearms and ammunition within the SADC region are outlined in the Protocol on Firearms, Ammunition and Other Related Materials.

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    • Protocol Against Corruption (2001)

      Entry Into Force: 2003-08-06

      Date Signed: 2001-08-14

      Type: Protocols

      Themes: Politics, Defence & Security, Politics and Diplomacy


      The SADC Protocol Against Corruption aims to promote and strengthen the development, within each Member State, of mechanisms needed to prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption in the public and private sector.

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    • Protocol on the Tribunal and Rules thereof (2000)

      Entry Into Force: 2011-08-14

      Date Signed: 2000-08-07

      Type: Protocols


      Through its inception, the Treaty of the Southern African Development Community established a Tribunal to ensure and adjudicate on legal aspects of SADC regulations. To clarify details of the Tribunal’s process and functions, SADC passed the Protocol on Tribunal on 7th August 2000.

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    • Protocol on Legal Affairs (2000)

      Entry Into Force: 2006-09-01

      Date Signed: 2000-08-07

      Type: Protocols


      To perform their functions, effectively, SADC and its institutions require constant legal support and advice by a legal sector. To satisfy this need the Legal Affairs unit within the SADC Secretariat was formed. The SADC Protocol on Legal Affairs guides the work of the Legal Affairs Unit.

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