SALC’s Disability Rights work is integrated within its other programmatic areas and focuses on the following objectives:
- To encourage the development and reform of laws and policies in line with the requirements of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- To raise awareness of ongoing discrimination of persons with disabilities in the criminal justice system, with a focus on persons with mental disabilities and persons with albinism.
- To ensure accountability for discrimination of persons with disabilities in healthcare services, including through complaints mechanisms.
- To ensure access to education for children with disabilities.
- To support the work towards petty offences and provide evidence to courts on how these offences impact on persons with disabilities.
Zambia: Constitutional challenge to the Mental Disorders Act.
Malawi: Challenging the constitutionality of the offence of begging with deformities.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year. This year, the theme addresses the important and difficult issue of suicide prevention. Across the world, people are uniting to share information on the public health problem of suicide,…Read More
The AfricanLii Abusive Laws and the fight for reform By Annabel Raw You only have rights if you are a person: How Zambia is legislating away the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities “I cannot accept people to treat me…Read More
8 March 2019 Mental health law reform in Zambia is desperately overdue. The outdated Mental Disorders Act [Chapter 305 of the Laws of Zambia] perpetuates discrimination, human rights violations, and abuses against persons with mental disabilities. It denies mental health…Read More
SALC is working with the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) to support the case of an individual subjected to forced psychiatric treatment on the basis of a forensic detention order. The applicant argues that human rights…Read More
By: Annabel Raw In Zambia, as in many countries in the southern Africa region, archaic, colonially-inherited laws are applied to oppress, isolate and abuse persons with psychosocial disabilities and mental health users. Reform is urgently needed. IMAGE: Mental Health Reform…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
SALC supported a petition by three persons with psychosocial disabilities and the Mental Health Users Network of Zambia (MHUNZA) to repeal the Mental Disorders Act of 1949 in Mwewa and Others v the Attorney General and Others. The Petitioners argued that the Act…Read More
Lusaka - On 17 November, Zambian disability activists from the Mental Health Users Network of Zambia (MHUNZA) and Disability Rights Watch (DRW) held a press conference on the outcome of decision of the Zambian High Court concerning the constitutionality of…Read More
This report was prompted by Malawian civil society organisations’ perception that there is a lack of will on the part of police and prosecution to investigate and prosecute cases related to sexual violence committed against women and girls living with…Read More
In 2016 SALC launched a research report on the extent to which key populations are subjected to discrimination in the healthcare system and their ability to access redress from complaints mechanisms. The research focused on Botswana, Malawi and Zambia. Subsequently,…Read More