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LIVING ON THE EARNINGS OF SEX WORK IN MALAWI – A TYPICAL TALE OF MISINTERPRETING THE LAW TO CONVENIENTLY CRIMINALISE SEX WORKERS

To be clear, no provision in the Malawi Penal Code criminalises the selling of sexual services by a sex worker. Yet, some police officers in Malawi appear to be operating under the assumption that sex work is illegal. This assumption is based on an interpretation of section 146 of the Penal Code…
Children's RightsCriminal JusticeMalawiResearch Reports & Policy BriefsSex Worker Rights

SALC Research Report: No justice for the poor: A preliminary study of enforcement of nuisance-related offences in Blantyre, Malawi

Globally, there has been an increase in the implementation of laws which limit the behaviour, actions and movements of persons in public spaces. This greatly impedes the lives and livelihoods of those living in poverty and further perpetuates discrimination of the poorest and most vulnerable in society. In Malawi, Penal…
Staff Writer
24 Jul 2013
Articles and OpinionsFocus areasFocus countriesFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationLesothoResourcesSex Worker RightsSexual and Reproductive Health RightsTanzania

US SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN ANTI-PROSTITUTION PLEDGE

The US Supreme Court yesterday struck down a requirement that organisations receiving any amount of PEPFAR funding sign an explicit policy opposing prostitution, known as the anti-prostitution pledge. The court held that the anti-prostitution pledge violated the right to free speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The vote was 6-2 with two of the…
Staff Writer
21 Jun 2013
Articles and OpinionsFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationSex Worker RightsSOGIE RightsZambia

SALC IN THE NEWS: HOMOSEXUAL CASE REFERRED TO HIGH COURT

The Lusaka Magistrate’s Court ruled today that the criminal case against HIV activist Paul Kasonkomona should be transferred to the High Court for a hearing on the constitutional issues raised by the defence around the freedom of expression. Kasonkomona was arrested in April 2013 and charged with violating section 178(g)…
Staff Writer
22 May 2013
AngolaArticles and OpinionsFocus areasFocus countriesResourcesSex Worker RightsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

SALC HOSTS SENSITISATION MEETING OF SADC MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ON CERVICAL CANCER

SADC Members of Parliament sitting on the SADC PF HIV Committee met in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 1st of March 2013 to discuss the availability of services and policies related to cervical cancer in the SADC region. The meeting was attended by members of parliament from the Kingdom of…
Nyasha Chingore
26 Mar 2013
Articles and OpinionsFocus areasFocus countriesHealth RightsSex Worker RightsSexual and Reproductive Health RightsZambia

Workshop on public interest litigation in Zambia

On 21 August 2012, the Zambia AIDS Law Research and Advocacy Network (ZARAN) and Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) jointly hosted a strategy workshop with lawyers in Lusaka, Zambia. The workshop was made possible with the kind assistance of the United Nations Demoracy Fund (UNDEF). The key objective of the…
Staff Writer
27 Aug 2012
Focus areasFocus countriesHealth RightsSex Worker RightsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

SALC IN THE NEWS: HOW TO FIGHT HIV CRIMINALIZATION IN COURTS OF LAW AND PUBLIC OPINION

As the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, DC, presented hopes of achieving an AIDS-free generation, some advocates focused attention on a major obstacle to this goal: the criminalization of people living with or at high risk for HIV. At a symposia session on July 23, speakers from…
Staff Writer
22 Aug 2012