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The arm of imperialism: The church’s anti-gender and anti-SOGIE rhetoric

Washington Blade 23 August 2023 By Anna Mmolai-Chalmers Anti-rights agenda in Africa has weaponized LGBTQ, intersex rights. Recently, in Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi, the church has thrown the…

Botswana religious groups threaten rule of law and refuse LGBTQ rights

Washington Blade 7 August 2023 By: Bradley Fortuin and Matlhogonolo Samsam Country’s Council of Churches applauded 2019 decriminalization ruling. Botswana is considered a secular state and all people have equal…
Equality Rights

Human Rights organisations call on South African authorities to denounce attacks against South Africa’s Constitution, human rights and equality.

9 August 2023 In view of the participation of members of South Africa’s executive and judiciary in the annual African Bar Association conference, which this year is being co-sponsored by…
Criminal Justice News

Joint statement: Urgent call for protection of refugees’ rights and a halt to state sponsored lawlessness

Lilongwe, 1 August 2023 - We, a consortium of Institutions and Civil Society Organizations dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights, urgently call upon the Government to immediately cease the…


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In the lead-up to Malawi’s election ‘re-run’, its government is in free fall

On 17 June, SALC's intern, Nicholas Bugeja's article titled " In the lead-up to Malawi's election re-run, its Government is in free fall" was published in the Independant Australia In…

Philanthropy, Civil Society and Litigation – without these our democracy could truly be captured

Article credit: Daily Maverick There have recently been a number of high profile court cases brought by civil society organisations that have tested our Constitution and ensured that government functions…

Can SADC pass the Lesotho-test?

Daily Maverick By Annabel Raw At the end of October, the Lesotho Court of Appeal gave judgment in an important case relating to efforts by the Southern Africa Development Community…

Endangering lawyers and the rule of law in Lesotho and Swaziland

Annabel Raw & Caroline James Friday 22 January is the international Day of the Endangered Lawyer. It is a day in which we draw focus on those in the legal profession…


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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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2019-2021 Biennial report

SALC's biennial report captures activities for March 2019 to February 2021. Read the report here.
Civic Rights Association & Assembly

SALC submission to the OHCHR for the Tanzania UPR

In March 2021, SALC made a submission to the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights for the Tanzania UPR 39th session. Read the submission here.
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SALC Submission on the Computer Crime and Cybercrime Bill, 2020

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) filed written submissions in the Parliament of Eswatini. The  submissions were filed with the Clerk of the ICT Portfolio Committee. In the submissions, SALC…