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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.

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News Release: Challenge to use of Defilement Offences against Adolescents Engaged in Consensual Sex in Malawi

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 Court on the constitutionality of the offence. Currently, section 138(1)…
Staff Writer
26 Aug 2020
Children's RightsMalawiOngoing casesSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

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, insofar as it criminalises consensual sex between adolescents in Malawi. It is illegal to have sex with a girl under the age of 16 in Malawi, and there are no exceptions…
Staff Writer
3 Jul 2020