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Criminal Justice

SALC’s Criminal Justice work is integrated within its other programmatic areas and focuses on the following objectives:

  • To challenging the constitutionality of minor petty offences through law reform, advocacy and litigation.
  • To improve access to health care services and recognition of the health needs of all prisoners.
  • To improve prison conditions and reduce overcrowding in prisons.
  • To support challenges to the death penalty.
  • To challenge police arrest practices, including sweeping exercises.

Advocacy:

Articles and OpinionsCriminal JusticeEswatiniFreedom of Expression, Assembly and Association

Sedition charges impact on freedom of expression in Eswatini

Opinion Piece first published on 22 July 2019 on Polity.org.za In May 2019 a lone activist, Goodwill Sibiya, sought to file an application before the civil courts in Eswatini. In the application, apparently drafted without legal representation, the applicant sought to remedy perceived defects of the government. The veracity of the applicant’s…
Criminal JusticeJudgmentsSex Worker RightsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Nigeria: Challenge to arbitrary arrest of women during sweeping exercises

Factual Background The applicants were among 71 women who were arrested at various public spaces in Abuja between 17 and 26 April 2019. The arrests were carried out by the FCTA Joint Task Team comprising the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Securities and Civil Defence Corp, Nigeria Police Force, Social Development Secretariat,…
Criminal JusticeHealth RightsMalawiNews

Media Advisory: Malawi High Court to decide on interim order preventing detention of prisoners with MDR-TB

Zomba, Malawi – On Wednesday 30 January 2019, the Malawi High Court, will hear argument on an interim application to prevent prisoners with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) from being returned to prison. In October 2018, the Zomba High Court granted six MDR-TB infected inmates and Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice…
Staff Writer
30 Jan 2019
Criminal JusticeLesotho

LESOTHO: CHALLENGING POLICE TORTURE

Factual Background The applicants were arrested by Thaba-Tseka Police in January 2018 on allegations of armed robbery. During the arrest, the applicants were assaulted and tortured to such an extent that they had to be taken to the hospital for medical treatment. After their treatment, they were detained in police…