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: Accountability for unlawful detention of pregnant learners
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.
Malawi: Challenging  criminalisation of adolescent sexuality.

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.

25 Feb 2021 Staff Writer
SALC in the news: 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.…

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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…

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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…

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30 Apr 2020 Staff Writer
Malawi: Seeking accountability for unlawful detention of pregnant learners...

SALC is working with Youth Watch Society (YOWSO) in Malawi on a case seeking the payment of damages for false…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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