Welcome to the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC)

SALC promotes and advances human rights and the rule of law in Southern Africa, primarily through strategic litigation and capacity-strengthening support to lawyers and grassroots organisations. SALC also provides small grants to community-based organisations.

SALC works in the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, LesothoMalawiMozambiqueNamibiaEswatini, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In addition, SALC supports litigation in South African courts that advances human rights in the southern African region.

SALC’s work is streamlined into five thematic clusters:

Recent Posts

Equality Rights

Namibia’s proposed Amendment of the Marriage Act – An attack on the rule of law and the judiciary

Namibia, Windhoek – 20 July 2023: On 11 July 2023, the National Assembly of Namibia passed a private member’s bill which redefines the term spouse and amends the Marriage Act.…

Unearthing the truth: How discriminatory laws and social norms lead to insecure land rights for women and undermine sustainable development

Desertification and Drought Day, marked on 17 June 2023, shined a spotlight on women’s land rights under the theme “Her land. Her rights”. Key fundamental questions arise: Do women still face…
Uganda: Repeals vagrancy, sedition, and false news offences
No need for debate, uphold the Court of Appeal decision on LGBTIQ+ rights in Botswana
Civic Rights Expression
SALC alarmed by brutal attack on human rights lawyer Obey Shava
Legal gender recognition: An unexplained delay by the Botswana government High Court in 2017 ruled on the issue
Civic Rights
Supreme Court of Eswatini unanimously finds Registrar’s decision on LGBTIQ+ organisation unconstitutional  
Criminal Justice
Malawi: Lilongwe informal traders challenge eviction and confiscation of goods