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Criminal Justice

Kenya: Challenge to offence of attempted suicide

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre is supporting a constitutional petition in Kenya, for   Coalition Action for Preventive Mental Health in Kenya (CAMPHK) as an interested party challenging section 226 of…
Criminal Justice

Malawi: Case concerning malnutrition in prisons

Background The Constitution of the Republic of Malawi states in Section 42(1)(b) that “every person who is detained, including every sentenced prisoner, shall have the right to be detained under…
Equality Rights

Malawi: Challenging criminalisation of adolescent sexuality

SALC is working with Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) – Malawi in a challenge to the law of defilement in s138 of the Penal Code, insofar…
Equality Rights

Zambia: Challenging criminalisation of breastfeeding by a woman living with HIV

SALC is supporting the case of a domestic worker, a woman living with HIV, charged with  the offence of  "negligent Act likely to spread infection" for allegedly breastfeeding her employer's…

Completed Cases

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Criminal Justice

Malawi: Man arrested and convicted for attempting to commit suicide

Background Suicide continues to be a global health concern, affecting all continents. During the lockdown period to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic between April and September 2020, Malawi…
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Criminal Justice

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…
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Botswana: Accountability for violation of rights of woman seeking reproductive healthcare in state institutions

SALC supported a case in which the Plaintiff, who had undergone a total abdominal hysterectomy and developed complications, and she was later diagnosed as having a vaginal fistula. She failed…
Criminal Justice

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…


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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,…

Mental health in an unequal world

10 October 2021 marks World Mental Health day. The World Federation for mental health has themed this year’s event “Mental Health in an Unequal World”. Mental health conditions can substantially…

Tragic lack of urgency in dealing with child marriages

On 15 August 2021, Tambudzai Gonese-Manjonjo wrote an article for the Standard (Zimbabwe) tackling the lack of urgency in dealing with child marriages. Read the article here .

Student’s rape case attracts CSOs attention

On 25 February 2021, The Nation reported about a girl who was raped in police custody. Read the article here.  


Civic Rights

Revitilising the campaign against sedition and insult offences in Africa

Sedition laws are a serious threat to freedom of expression and democracy in Africa. These laws are often used to silence dissent and criminalize legitimate criticism of the government. In…
Equality Rights LGBTIQ+

Eswatini legal gender recognition policy brief

The legal gender recognition policy brief produced by TransSwati and SALC is written to support engagements around legal gender recognition between the Government of Eswatini and organisations advocating for the…
Equality Rights LGBTIQ+

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.…
Equality Rights Health

From the Inside Out: Social exclusion linked to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics in Eswatini, Malawi and Zimbabwe

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE), Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR), Nyasa Rainbow Alliance (NRA), the Rock of Hope (ROH),…