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Health Rights

SALC’s Health Rights programme envisions a region in which the highest attainable standard of mental and physical health is enjoyed equally with full respect for human rights, and where health service users are empowered to enforce respect for their rights.

The Programme has the following objectives:

  • To reform laws, policies and practices that contribute to exclusion and discrimination in the enjoyment of health, including laws that undermine the right to informed consent and HIV criminalisation laws.
  • To remove legal barriers to effective HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria treatment, care and prevention and to rights-affirming mental health.
  • To develop legal protections for the dignity and human rights of people living with HIV and TB and mental health users.
  • To strengthen accountability for discrimination in healthcare settings.
  • To advance the enjoyment of social and environmental determinants of health, particularly for marginalised and vulnerable populations.

Publications:

Focus areasFocus countriesHealth RightsNamibiaSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

NEWS RELEASE: HIGH COURT FINDS NAMIBIA COERCIVELY STERILISED HIV POSITIVE WOMEN

HIGH COURT FINDS NAMIBIA COERCIVELY STERILISED HIV POSITIVE WOMEN Johannesburg– In a landmark judgment, the High Court in Windhoek found today that the Namibian government had coercively sterilised three HIV-positive women in violation of their basic rights. “This decision is a significant victory for HIV positive women in Namibia,” said…
Staff Writer
30 Jul 2012
Health RightsNamibiaNewsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

MEDIA ADVISORY: NAMIBIAN HIGH COURT TO RULE ON COERCED STERILISATION OF HIV-POSITIVE WOMEN

NAMIBIAN HIGH COURT TO RULE ON COERCED STERILISATION OF HIV-POSITIVE WOMEN Johannesburg – On Monday July 30th, the High Court in Namibia is due to issue its judgment in a landmark case challenging the coerced sterilisation of three HIV-positive women. The three women alleged that they were sterilised without their informed…
Staff Writer
24 Jul 2012
Health RightsNamibiaNewsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

NAMIBIA: NAMIBIAN HIGH COURT CONTINUES TRIAL IN COERCED STERILIZATION OF HIV POSITIVE WOMEN CASE

The Windhoek High Court will continue hearing the case of three HIV-positive women who were allegedly subjected to sterilization without their consent at public hospitals in Namibia on 18 January. The women are suing the Government of Namibia for violations to their constitutional rights to dignity; freedom from cruel and inhuman…
Staff Writer
13 Dec 2010
AngolaArticles and OpinionsBotswanaDemocratic Republic of CongoEswatiniHealth RightsInternational Criminal JusticeLesothoMalawiMozambiqueNamibiaRefugee and Migrant RightsRule of LawSADCSex Worker RightsSexual and Reproductive Health RightsSOGIE RightsSouth AfricaTanzaniaWomen’s Land and Property RightsZambiaZimbabwe

AFRICAN COMMISSION: AFRICAN COUNTRIES URGED TO DEEPEN RIGHTS CULTURE

African countries have been asked to deepen their culture of human rights and mutually encourage one another to respond progressively and decisively to the right to development. This call was made Wednesday by the African Union’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Mrs Julia Dolly Joiner at the opening of the 48th …
Staff Writer
11 Nov 2010