Disability Rights

People with disabilities constitute on average 10% of any country’s population and are often part of the most marginalised groups in society. Far too often, people with disabilities are overlooked, ignored, and abused by society. Although developmental issues affect most people in southern Africa, people with disabilities face an acute vulnerability to developmental issues and poverty. For instance, poverty is both a cause and a consequence of disability: a lack of access to basic health care or sanitation may lead to an otherwise preventable disability, while a lack of public sector infrastructure and services may leave a person with a disability unemployed and destitute.

The Disability Rights Programme promotes the social inclusion of people with disabilities and works to rights violations faced by people living with disabilities, including discrimination, inadequate access to public facilities, denial of health services, and forced sterilisation.

 

Blog Posts

SALC calls on the governments of Southern African countries to do more to protect refugees, asylum seekers and migrants on World Refugee Day 20 June 2017

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, the UNHCR together with refugee » Read More

REGIONAL ACTION IS CRITICAL TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM

By: Annabel Raw, Aquinaldo Mandlate, Michael Chitalo, and Victor Mhango [IMAGE: Victor Mhango, Michael Chitalo » Read More

MEDIA ADVISORY: Judicial Review of Decision to Grant Refugee Status to Suspected War Criminal Appeal Hearing before the Supreme Court of Appeal

Johannesburg- On Wednesday 24 May 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear an appeal » Read More

Cases

SOUTH AFRICA: ICC COOPERATION PROCEEDINGS

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) appeared before the ICC on 7 April to argue » Read More

Zambia: Challenging the Mental Disorders Act of 1949

SALC is supporting a petition by three persons with psychosocial disabilities and the Mental Health Users Network » Read More

Malawi: Challenging the criminalisation of breastfeeding by women living with HIV

SALC worked with the International Coalition of Women living with HIV (ICW), Malawi and a private » Read More