Prisoners' Rights

SALC’s Statement to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa

During the 58th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, held in the Banjul from 6 – 20 April 2016, SALC presented a statement to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa. In this statement, SALC applauded Malawi on the progressive provisions on age of marriage in …» Read More

SALC Participates in UPR Pre-session on Namibia

In December 2015, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) was invited to participate in the pre-session of the second cycle of Namibia’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). At the pre-session, SALC presented two statements. The first on behalf of itself, Namibia Women’s Health Network (NWHN) and Women’s Leadership Centre (WLC). This …» Read More


The Zambian Prison Service has recently concluded a multilateral agreement with a number of Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to transfer foreign prisoners to their countries of nationality, in an effort to reduce overcrowding in Zambian prisons. What is the likely impact of this agreement on the distressing …» Read More

Opinions Adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention rules that the pre-trial detention of four Malawian Citizens is arbitrary and does not conform to the international norms relating to the right to a fair trial.» Read More

Analysis of the Judgement in Felix Paul v The Attorney General ( Malawian High Court Misc Civil Cause No. 37 of 2011)

This is an egregious judgement that is beset by a number of errors of law and fact. The judgement is grossly unfair and fails on various levels.» Read More