Disability Rights

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.

On-going cases:

Zambia: Constitutional challenge to the Mental Disorders Act.
Malawi: Challenging the constitutionality of the offence of begging with deformities.

Precedent cases:

Malawi: Appeal of discriminatory sentence on basis of accused person’s albinism.

20 Oct 2020 Staff Writer
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10 Oct 2019 Annabel Raw
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08 Mar 2019 Annabel Raw
NEWS RELEASE: STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH ZAMBIAN ACTIVISTS CALLING FOR AMENDME...

8 March 2019 Mental health law reform in Zambia is desperately overdue. The outdated Mental Disorders Act [Chapter 305 of…

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17 Jan 2019 Annabel Raw
Malawi: Advancing human rights in mental health...

SALC is working with the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) to support the case of an…

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10 Oct 2018 Annabel Raw
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By: Annabel Raw In Zambia, as in many countries in the southern Africa region, archaic, colonially-inherited laws are applied to…

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13 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
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23 Mar 2018 Staff Writer
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We the undersigned organizations hereby express our deep concern over the continuing attacks on people with albinism in Malawi and…

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