Children’s Rights

The Children’s Rights focus area is cross-cutting and integrates with all of SALC’s programme areas. Wherever possible we seek to ensure that our cases also look at the best interests of children.

Current cases:

Malawi: Challenge to the arrest and removal from school of pregnant learners.
Botswana: Case challenging failure to provide citizenship to stateless child.
Swaziland: Case challenging laws allowing child marriage.
Malawi: Challenging refusal of admission to school to child with dreadlocks.

Completed cases:

Botswana: Ending discrimination in adoption.
Malawi: Advancing the best interests of the child in sentencing of caregivers.
Malawi: Challenging the incarceration of children in prison.

26 Aug 2020 Staff Writer
News Release: Challenge to use of Defilement Offences against Adolescents Engage...

Blantyre, 26 August 2020 – Yesterday, the Child Justice Court sitting in Blantyre, Malawi, issued an order for a stay of criminal proceedings against an adolescent boy who was charged with the offence of defilement pending determination of the High…

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03 Jul 2020 Staff Writer
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,inasfar as it  criminalises consensual sex between adolescents in Malawi. It is illegal to have sex with a girl under the age…

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28 Apr 2020 Staff Writer
Malawi: Human rights during a lockdown...

The Weekend Nation 25 April 2020 Victor Mhango from the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) and Anneke Meerkotter and Chikondi Chijozi from the Southern Africa Litigation Centre SALC) Malawi’s 2020 Public Health (Corona Virus Prevention, Containment…

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09 Apr 2020 Anneke Meerkotter
JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT CALLING FOR DECONGESTION OF MALAWI PRISONS AMID CO...

9 April 2020, Malawi - We the undersigned organisations commend His Excellency, The State President, Arthur Peter Mutharika for including prison decongestion as one of the measures to combat COVID-19 in Malawi. In his Presidential Address on 4 April 2020, the…

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10 Feb 2020 Staff Writer
Malawi’s Rastafarians win landmark dreadlock ruling...

CGTN Africa 9 February 2020 Makeda Mbewe was just six years old when she was kicked out of her primary school in Malawi for wearing her hair in the dreadlocks of her Rastafarian religion. Two years later, she is back…

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15 Jan 2020 Anneke Meerkotter
NEWS RELEASE: MALAWI HIGH COURT GRANTS ORDER IN FAVOUR OF RASTAFARI SCHOOL CHILD...

14 January 2020 – On 14 January 2020, the High Court of Malawi in Zomba granted an interlocutory injunction compelling the Minister of Education to allow all children of Rastafari religion, who have dreadlocks, to enroll into Government Schools pending…

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18 Oct 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
Eswatini: Summary of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act...

The Rights4All Project, under its My Body My Rights Campaign, published a booklet which summarises the provisions of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act of 2018. The booklet is available here.

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11 Mar 2019 Staff Writer
SALC Research Report: Alignment of Eswatini’s Domestic Laws with Recommend...

It is more than seventy years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted yet the struggle to achieve full realisation of human rights remains a pressing reality. One of the challenges hampering the enjoyment of human rights…

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13 Feb 2019 Staff Writer
News Release: Children released from Malawi prison...

13 February 2019, Blantyre, Malawi – Following a Malawi High Court order in June 2018, Bvumbwe and Kachere Prisons have now responded to the order to release children from prison. The civil society organisations which brought the court application for…

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27 Nov 2018 Tambudzai Gonese
Calling for the total elimination of violence against women and children in Zimb...

The recent report of the killing of a young  lawyer on the night of the 25th November 2018,the International day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, by her partner brings home the gravity and currency of the problem of violence…

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31 Oct 2018 Staff Writer
Dynamic African Human Rights Defender wins UN Human Rights Award 2018...

SALC extends its hearty congratulations to a prolific young woman human rights defender, Rebeca Gyumi, for receiving the well-deserved UN Human Rights Award for 2018 in recognition of her work in advancing the rights of girl children. Rebeca is the…

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14 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
Statement: Launch of research report on “The alignment of Eswatini’s...

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre released a report on "The Alignment of Eswatini's Domestic law with recommendations of United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms" in Mbabane on the 13th of September 2018. The report was drafted with support from the European…

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