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

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


By Jessica Fitzgerald, an intern at SALC Every year, on 8 March, the world celebrates » Read More

Decriminalising Defamation in Africa

Last month a High Court in Kenya declared the offence of criminal defamation inconsistent with » Read More


Zambia: Challenging the Mental Disorders Act of 1949

SALC is supporting a petition by two persons with mental disabilities and the Mental Health » Read More

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

SALC worked with the International Coalition of Women (ICW), Malawi and a private lawyer, Mr Wesley » Read More


SALC is working with Youth Watch Society (YOWSO) in Malawi on a case seeking the » Read More