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: Challenging denial of driving licences to deaf persons.
Zambia: Challenging denial of legal capacity for persons with mental disabilities.
Zambia: Constitutional challenge to the Mental Disorders Act.
Malawi: Challenging the constitutionality of the offence of begging with deformities.

Completed cases:

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

26 Feb 2021 Staff Writer
Zambia: Challenging denial of driving licences to deaf persons...

SALC is supporting a petition by 3 deaf persons and the Zambia Deaf Youth and Women (ZDYW) to challenge denial…

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26 Feb 2021 Staff Writer
Zambia: Challenging denial of legal capacity for persons with mental disabilitie...

SALC is supporting a petition by a person with psychosocial disabilities and the Disability Rights Watch (DRW) to repeal Section 4…

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25 Jan 2021 Amanda Shivamba
Joint Stakeholder Submission to the UNHRC for the LOIPR to be considered in rela...

The Malawi Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), Reprieve and Irish…

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20 Oct 2020 Staff Writer
The impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities in Southern Africa...

The Midweek Sun, Botswana 14 October 2020 By Anna Mmolai-Chalmers The effects of COVID-19 are perhaps more profound when viewed…

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10 Oct 2019 Annabel Raw
World Mental Health Day 2019: A Focus on Zambia’s Mental Health Act...

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year. This year, the theme addresses the important and difficult…

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28 Jun 2019 Staff Writer
SALC in the News: ABUSIVE LAWS AND THE FIGHT FOR REFORM...

The AfricanLii Abusive Laws and the fight for reform By Annabel Raw You only have rights if you are a…

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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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