29 Apr 2016 Staff Writer
Lesotho: Protecting Detainees Against Abuse...

SALC worked with the Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) and Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, Lesotho (CCJP) and the wives of 23 soldiers of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) to support the applicants in the matter of Mareka and 22 Others v the…

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24 Mar 2016 Staff Writer
Malawi: A Right to Palliative Care for Remandees...

SALC is working with the Centre for Human Rights Education Advocacy and Advice (CHREAA), building on previous work establishing a right to bail for terminally ill remandees, to develop a right to palliative care for persons in detention in Malawi. The applicant was a…

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16 Mar 2016 Staff Writer
Botswana: Challenging the Refusal to Register a LGBT Organisation...

In March 2013, twenty individuals filed a case before the High Court of Botswana, asking the court to review the decision by the Director of Civil and National Registration and the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs to refuse to register…

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11 Mar 2016 Staff Writer
Malawi: Advancing the Best Interests of the Child in Decisions Relating to the I...

SALC is working with the Center for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) to advance best interests of children in decisions to incarcerate caregivers.  International guidelines recommend taking into account the best interests of the child in decisions relating to…

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03 Feb 2016 Staff Writer
Zimbabwe: Challenging the Constitutionality of the Criminal Defamation Offence...

In 2014, the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe ruled that the offence of Criminal Defamation was unconstitutional under the former constitution. However, the Court stated that “[i]t might also be argued that the offence of criminal defamation is a justifiable limitation…

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26 Aug 2015 Staff Writer
Botswana: Securing Access to HIV Treatment for Prisoners...

SALC worked with the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and AIDS (BONELA) to challenge the Botswana government’s policy of refusing HIV treatment to non-citizen prisoners. Citizen prisoners were entitled to free HIV treatment. In addition, the government provided non-citizen prisoners…

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30 Jun 2015 Staff Writer
Swaziland: Human Rights Lawyer and Editor Charged with Contempt of Court...

In March 2014, human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu, were arrested and charged with contempt of court. The Nation and its publisher were also charged. Maseko and Makhubu had both written articles in Makhubu’s magazine, The…

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20 May 2015 Staff Writer
Malawi: Mandatory HIV Testing of Women...

On 10 March 2011, eleven women from Mwanza, Malawi, filed an application in the Blantyre High Court challenging their subjection to mandatory HIV tests, the admission of the HIV test results as evidence in criminal cases against them, and the…

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11 Feb 2015 Staff Writer
Zimbabwe: Protecting HIV-positive Employees from Unlawful Dismissal...

SALC worked with Women and Law in Southern Africa’s Zimbabwe chapter to challenge the dismissal of a nurse from her employment due to her alleged failure to disclose her HIV status. The applicant argued that her dismissal violated her rights to privacy, dignity,…

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02 Feb 2015 Staff Writer
Botswana: Ending Discrimination in Adoption...

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…

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03 Nov 2014 Staff Writer
Namibia: Coerced Sterilisation of HIV-positive Women...

SALC is working with the Namibia Women’s Health Network and the Legal Assistance Centre to challenge the coerced sterilisation of three HIV-positive women at public hospitals in Namibia. In July 2012, the High Court held that all three women were…

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03 Jul 2014 Staff Writer
Zambia: Two Men Accused of “Carnal Knowledge Against the Order of Nature&#...

SALC supported the defence of two Zambian men who were charged under section 155 of the Zambian Penal Code. In terms of section 155 of the Penal Code, any person who (a) has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of…

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