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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.
Disability RightsFocus areasFocus countriesHealth RightsMalawiSex Worker RightsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights


Blantyre, March 25: The Judiciary has been urged to interpret and fashion the law to ensure fulfillment of principle of equality on the various vulnerable groups in the country. Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda made the call to colleagues in the system on Friday in Blantyre during the launch of a book…
Staff Writer
25 Mar 2015
BotswanaCriminal JusticeDisability RightsHealth RightsMalawiRule of LawSeminars and ConferencesSOGIE RightsTraining ToolsWomen’s Land and Property RightsZambia

Using the court to protect vulnerable people: Perspectives from the judiciary and legal profession

In February and March 2014 the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, the National Association of Women Judges and Magistrates (Botswana) and the judiciaries in Malawi and Zambia co-hosted judicial colloquia on the rights of vulnerable groups. The colloquia provided a unique opportunity for judges to discuss and debate the development of…
Staff Writer
24 Dec 2014
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On 2 and 3 October 2013 SALC hosted a training workshop in Windhoek, Namibia on Disability Rights Strategic Litigation. The workshop was facilitated by Abeda Bhamjee and Caroline James from SALC, and was attended by Namibian lawyers and representatives of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs). The aim of the workshop was…
Caroline James
11 Oct 2013
Articles and OpinionsCriminal JusticeDisability RightsFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

SALC attends the 52nd ordinary session of the African Commission on human and peoples’ rights

The 52nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, held in Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire from 9-22 October 2012, celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Commission. In a speech highlighting the challenges and successes of the Commission, Commissioner Atoli listed the high level of NGO participation at its sessions and…
Staff Writer
26 Oct 2012