Children’s Rights

The Children’s Rights focus area is cross-cutting and integrates with all of SALC’s programme areas. Wherever possible we seek to ensure that our cases also look at the best interests of children.

On-going cases:

Malawi: Challenge to the arrest and removal from school of pregnant learners.
Botswana: Case challenging failure to provide citizenship to stateless child.
Swaziland: Case challenging laws allowing child marriage.
Malawi: Challenging the incarceration of children in prison.

Precedent cases:

Botswana: Ending discrimination in adoption.
Malawi: Advancing the best interests of the child in sentencing of caregivers.

14 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
Statement: Launch of research report on “The alignment of Eswatini’s...

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre released a report on "The Alignment of Eswatini's Domestic law with recommendations of United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms" in Mbabane on the 13th of September 2018. The report was drafted with support from the European…

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12 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
SALC Research Report: Alignment of Eswatini’s Domestic Laws with Recommend...

It is more than seventy years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted yet the struggle to achieve full realisation of human rights remains a pressing reality. One of the challenges hampering the enjoyment of human rights…

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15 Aug 2018 Staff Writer
News Release: Botswana court recognises a child’s right to a name and national...

On 10th August 2018, the Botswana High Court agreed to a consent order in a case challenging the refusal of the Attorney General and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs to register the birth of…

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13 Aug 2018 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
Botswana: Court recognises a child’s right to a name and nationality...

SALC supported a case challenging the refusal of the Attorney General and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs to register the birth of a child born to a Botswana father. The child was born to…

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15 Jun 2018 Tambudzai Gonese
Eswatini (Swaziland): Challenging laws allowing child marriage...

In February 2017,SALC supported WLSA in Eswatini to  file a case challenging laws that allow child marriage. The challenge is to sections of the Marriage Act and customary law that allow a girl who is under 18 years to contract…

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13 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
statement: Shining a light on the urgency of implementing the Regional Action Pl...

On 13 June, every year the world commemorates the International Albinism Awareness Day. This year the International Albinism Awareness day is commemorated under the theme ‘shining our light to the world’, providing an opportunity to reflect on progress and challenges…

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