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.

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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15 Aug 2018 Staff Writer
News Release: Botswana court recognises a child’s right to a name and national...

On 10th August 2018, the Botswana High Court agreed to a consent order in a case challenging the refusal of the Attorney General and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs to register the birth of…

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13 Aug 2018 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
Botswana: Court recognises a child’s right to a name and nationality...

SALC supported a case challenging the refusal of the Attorney General and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs to register the birth of a child born to a Botswana father. The child was born to…

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15 Jun 2018 Tambudzai Gonese
Eswatini (Swaziland): Challenging laws allowing child marriage...

In February 2017,SALC supported WLSA in Eswatini to  file a case challenging laws that allow child marriage. The challenge is to sections of the Marriage Act and customary law that allow a girl who is under 18 years to contract…

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13 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
statement: Shining a light on the urgency of implementing the Regional Action Pl...

On 13 June, every year the world commemorates the International Albinism Awareness Day. This year the International Albinism Awareness day is commemorated under the theme ‘shining our light to the world’, providing an opportunity to reflect on progress and challenges…

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06 Jun 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Malawi: Challenging the imprisonment of children...

Factual Background In 2018, a case was brought by civil society organisations were concerned that the conditions in Bvumbwe and Kachere prisons are deplorable and not in the best interests of children who are in conflict with the law. Currently…

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23 Mar 2018 Staff Writer
A CALL FOR AN END AND A HOLISTIC RESPONSE TO ATTACKS ON PERSONS WITH ALBINISM: T...

We the undersigned organizations hereby express our deep concern over the continuing attacks on people with albinism in Malawi and generally in the Southern African region. We have taken note of and endorsed the statement issued by the Human Rights…

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21 Dec 2017 Anneke Meerkotter
Malawi: Challenging refusal of admission to school...

Factual Background The applicant was refused enrolment at a school on the basis that he had dreadlocks. Over the years, there have been a number of reports of schools refusing registration in cases where Rastafari children had dreadlocks, students wore…

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