SALC envisions a region in which domestic and regional courts are strong, independent, and fully functional and in which they uphold and enforce the rule of law and human rights. To that end, SALC works with domestic lawyers in each jurisdiction, who are litigating public interest cases involving human rights and the rule of law. SALC works in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. SALC supports lawyers in a variety of ways, including, as appropriate, providing legal research and drafting, training, and mentoring, and monetary support. While SALC aims primarily to provide support on a case-by-case basis, its objectives also include the provision of training, regional advocacy, and the facilitation of human rights networks within the region.
Introduction from the SALC’s Executive Director
The 2017 – 2019 period has seen many important victories for SALC’s thematic programme areas. Key cases traversing international criminal justice, women’s rights, LGBTI persons’ rights and the rule of law are set out in this report. Alarmingly, the context in which many human rights’ defenders are ope rating undermines human rights defenders’ ability to uphold basic human rights.
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