The High Court today held that the mandatory HIV testing of two former employees of the Zambian Air Force violated their rights to be free from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and privacy under the Constitution. In reaching its decision, the Court relied on comparative case law and Zambia’s international and regional treaty obligations. The Court did reject the two former employees’ claims that they were dismissed solely due to their HIV status, finding that they were dismissed due to their medical health, not because they were HIV positive. The Court thus did not reach the question of whether dismissal solely on the basis of HIV status would violate the Constitution. We will be posting the judgement shortly.
TOWARDS SECURING CHILDREN’S RIGHTS TO BIRTH REGISTRATION IN ZIMBABWE!
‘Those who espouse children’s rights have a vision of a better world for children and through this a better world for all.’ Michael Freeman Introduction Are the provisions in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, 2013 (the Zimbabwean Constitution) which give effect to prompt provision of birth certificates to children mere cosmetic…
Staff Writer18 Oct 2021
Mental Health in an Unequal World
10 October 2021 marks World Mental Health day. The World Federation for mental health has themed this year’s event “Mental Health in an Unequal World”. Mental health conditions can substantially affect all areas of life, such as school or work performance, relationships with friends and family, and the ability to…
Thabo Buthelezi10 Oct 2021
Children's RightsMalawiNewsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights
News Release: Malawi High Court awards damages for unlawful detention of pregnant learners
On 28 September 2021, the High Court of Malawi, sitting at Mzuzu, in the case of ON and Others v Attorney General awarded damages for false imprisonment against the state in a case where a First Grade Magistrate had imposed fines on learners and their parents for the learners’ pregnancy,…
Staff Writer6 Oct 2021