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Human rights groups intervene in historic class action for lead poisoning launched by Zambian children and women

On 9 May 2022, Amnesty International and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) have applied to intervene in an unprecedented class action lawsuit. The case was brought by a group of children and women against the mining giant Anglo American in South Africa and seeks compensation for the long-term impacts…
Staff Writer
10 May 2022
Disability RightsOngoing cases

Kenya: Challenge to indefinite detention of persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities for petty offences

SALC is partnering with  Arthur's Dream Autism Trust (ADAT) in cases challenging the indefinite detention of four persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, arrested for petty offences at Manthari without being accorded a fair trial. Applications for habeus corpus were filed at the Kenya High Court in October 2021 for…
Thabo Buthelezi
20 Mar 2022
International Criminal JusticeOngoing casesSexual and Reproductive Health Rights


In the seminal case of The Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC), SALC and Prof. Bonita Meyersfeld have been admitted as amicus curiae. Dominic Ongwen (Mr. Ongwen) was convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes by Trial Chamber IX of the ICC on 4 February…
Staff Writer
14 Feb 2022
Business and Human RightsOngoing casesWomen’s Land and Property RightsZambia

Zambia: Challenging illegal deforestation and encroachment of the Kasanka National Park and the Kafinda Game Management Area

On 19 October 2021, the Mapepala and Nabowa Community Forest Management Groups (CFMG), together with Kasanka Trust Limited, commenced an action in the Lusaka High Court challenging large-commercial agriculture and related activities within the protected Kafinda Game Management Area (KGMA) and the Mapepala and Nabowa Community Forest (MNCF). The said activities…
Staff Writer
20 Oct 2021
Health RightsLesothoOngoing casesSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Lesotho: Challenging mandatory HIV testing of accused persons and the mandatory death sentence of Persons Living With HIV(PLWH)

SALC is supporting the constitutional challenge of Section 30 and 32(a)(vii) of the Sexual offences Act, which provides for mandatory HIV testing of an accused person upon being charged with the offence and imposes a mandatory death sentence upon conviction pursuant to an HIV positive test. The applicant argues that…
Thabo Buthelezi
24 May 2021