SALC supported a challenge to the Adoption of Children Act in Botswana, which permitted the adoption of a child born out of wedlock without the consent of the child’s father, regardless of the child’s best interests. SALC worked with the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) and Uyapo Ndadi, a private lawyer. The applicant sought to prevent his biological child from being adopted. He argued that the Act violated his constitutional rights to equality, to freedom from discrimination, and to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment, insofar as it precludes the requirement of his consent in the adoption process. The High Court in Gaborone heard legal arguments on 15 September 2014. Judgment was delivered in the applicant’s favour on 2 February 2015.
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
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
MEDIA ADVISORY: BOTSWANA COURT OF APPEAL SETS HEARING DATE FOR DECRIMINALISATION CASE FOR 12 OCTOBER 2021
On 11 June 2019, a full bench of the Botswana High Court unanimously found that the criminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual activities violates the constitutional rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons to dignity, liberty, privacy and equality. This decision was appealed by the State. The appeal is set…
Staff Writer30 Sep 2021