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Encroachment of a protected area in Chitambo District: Kasanka Trust Limited & Others v Lake Agro Industries & 6 Others

On 19 October 2021, the Mapepala and Nabowa Community Forest Management Groups (CFMG), together with Kasanka Trust Limited, which co-manages the operations of the Kasanka National Park  in Chitambo District with…
Equality Rights

Displacement of communities & Illegal conversion of customary land: Chipabwamba & 12 Others v Yssel Enterprises Limited & Others

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre, in collaboration with the Muchinda Royal Establishment together with the Zambia Land Alliance, is assisting 13 community members, each representing their family in bringing forth a case where they seek to…
Equality Rights

Eswatini: A challenge to the customary principle of male primogeniture

SALC is working with Women and Law in Southern Africa’s Swaziland chapter (WLSA-Swaziland) on a case challenging the customary principle or practice of male primogeniture for being inconsistent with the…
Equality Rights

Unauthorised commercial farming activties on customary land: John Kapabila & 3 Others v Nicole-Nkalonga Investment Limited & 4 Others

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre is currently assisting four residents (Petitioners) of Senior Chief Muchinda in the Serenje District of the Central Province of Zambia in bringing a case against…

Completed Cases

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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 Completed Cases

Nigeria: Challenge to arbitrary arrest of women during sweeping exercises

Factual Background At 11pm on 22 February 2017, the Joint Task Force broke down the doors of the homes of the applicants, assaulted them, indecently searched them, took the money…
Equality Rights

Eswatini: Challenge to the common law marital power and marriage Act

SALC is working with Women and Law in Southern Africa’s Swaziland chapter (WLSA-Swaziland) on a case challenging the common law marital power and the Marriage Act of 1964. Under the…

Unconstitutional deprivation of land: Ba-Ga-Malete Tribe contest constitutionality of Section 7 of the Tribal Territories Amendment Act No. 3 of 1973

SALC is assisting the Ba-Ga-Malete Tribe, represented by Kgosi Mosadi Seboko and the Gamalete Development Trust, against the Malete Land Board and the Attorney General to retain the land known…


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Commemorating one-year anniversary of brutal refugees relocation exercise

Lilongwe, Malawi A joint statement was released on 20 May 2024, marking one year since the enforcement of a brutal refugee relocation exercise by the Malawi government, a dark chapter…

Judicial Interference: A Test of Principles, Integrity and Power

The Botswana Gazette 1 May 2024 By: Bradley Fortuin NB: While inspired by real emerging issues, the characters and events are fictional and are narrated to explore the theme of…

Bridging the gap: The interconnected struggle for water access and the elimination of gender-based violence

In the pursuit of a world that upholds universal human rights, the pivotal role of access to clean water and sanitation cannot be overstated. Acknowledged by the United Nations as…

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…


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),…