Malawi: Bringing accountability for sexual violence by the police
Background Petty offences are minor offences for which the punishment is prescribed by law to carry a warning, community service, a low-value fine or short term of imprisonment, often for…
Malawi: Challenging constitutionality of offence which criminalises poverty
Factual Background One of the enduring legacies of colonialism in Africa is the police practice of arbitrary mass arrests. These so-called ‘sweeping’ or ‘swooping’ exercises are typically conducted by police…
Malawi: Challenging eviction of Blantyre informal traders
The Blantyre informal traders are challenging forced eviction from the marketplace by the city council.
Malawi: Ending impunity of police officers for rape
Background Section 153 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi and Section 4 of the Malawi Police Services Act provide that the Malawi Police Services’ mandate is to provide…
Malawi: Challenging detention of children in police custody
Background Detention of children is prohibited under the Malawi Child Care Protection and Justice of 2010. Detention is only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Where a detention order is made against…
Protect Sex Workers’ Rights
The Nation By Luntha Chimbwete 27 March 2023 It is commonly known that all over the world – including Malawi, women are involved in the sex work industry for a…
Ending impunity for police officers who commit sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Malawi
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), inflicts harm on women and girls and is a severe violation of bodily integrity and autonomy, especially when perpetrated by persons in positions of authority,…
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,…
2019-2021 Biennial report
SALC's biennial report captures activities for March 2019 to February 2021. Read the report here.
Joint Stakeholder Submission: Universal Periodic Review of Tanzania
In March 2021, an anonymous human rights defender from Tanzania, SALC and SRI made a joint stakeholders submission for the Tanzania UPR 39th session. Read the submission here.