Civic Rights

Challenging laws and policies that limit freedom of expression, assembly and association, including implementation of FATF Recommendations on money laundering and terrorist financing in an overly broad manner that limits civic rights.

Ongoing Cases

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Eswatini: Supreme Court Judgement constitutes a Threat to the Rule of Law

Mbabane, Eswatini, 22 September 2022: The Supreme Court of Eswatini issued a judgment that constitutes a threat to the rule of law and the protection of human rights in Eswatini.…
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South Africa: QWELANE V SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AND ANOTHER

On 22 September 2020, the Constitutional Court will hear the case of Jonathan Dubula Qwelane v South African Human Rights Commission and Another (case no: 13/20). The Constitutional Court will…
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Zambia: Challenging the enforcement of the offence of defamation of the President

The offence of defaming the President has been used far more in Zambia over the past decade than in many other countries. This is a great cause of concern and…
Botswana

Botswana: Access to Information Request

In 2017, the Botswana Gazette requested information from the Water Utilities Corporation relating to a report which had been commissioned on the blocking of the flow of water from the…

Completed Cases

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Malawi: Protection of Human Rights Defenders

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On 27 August 2020, the Malawi Court delivered a judgement in a case which challenged the President's decision prior to the elections to order the Chief Justice and another Supreme…
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Eswatini: Sedition charges impact on freedom of expression

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In May 2019, an activist was charged with sedition, on the basis that court papers which he had filed risked raising disaffection amongst the King's subjects. The offence of sedition…

Malawi: Protecting right to freedom of expression for Woman Human Rights Defenders

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SALC is supporting the Women Lawyers Association (WLA) of Malawi to challenge the arbitrary arrest and detention of a Woman Human Rights Defender (WHRD) on a charge of “Insulting the…

Zambia: Defending human rights defenders’ right to protest

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On 29 September 2017, Laura Miti, Sean Tembo, Fumba Chama, Bornwell Mwewa, Lewis Mwape and Mika Mwambazi were arrested in terms of section 127 of the Penal Code which provides…

Resources

Civic Rights Association & Assembly

Toolkit for a community-based emergency fund Experiences from LGBTQI+ communities in Southern Africa

The Out & Proud Partners developed the Toolkit for a community-based emergency fund Experiences from LGBTQI+ communities in Southern Africa under the Out & Proud: LGBTIQ+ Equality and Rights in Southern Africa.…
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SALC submission on Zimbabwe’s 3rd universal periodic review

Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic crisis, which has only been exacerbated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdown restrictions have led to a decrease in manufacturing,…
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SALC research report: Alignment of Eswatini’s domestic laws with recommendations of United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms

It is more than seventy years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted yet the struggle to achieve full realisation of human rights remains a pressing reality.…
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Publication: Reflecting on the closing of civic spaces in Southern Africa

Reflecting on the Closing of Civic Spaces and its Impact on Marginalised Groups in Southern Africa 2018 marks the 20th anniversary since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the landmark…