SALC’s Sex Worker Rights programme has the following objectives:
- To assert accountability for police abuse of sex workers.
- To assert sex workers’ rights to form an association and to engage in protests.
- To challenge incorrect interpretations of offences, including the offence of living on the earnings of prostitution.
- To challenge offences used to arbitrarily target sex workers and other marginalised groups.
Malawi: Case challenging the use of the offence of living on the earnings of prostitution to arrest sex workers.
Malawi: Case challenging constitutionality of rogue and vagabond offence.
Malawi: Case challenging mandatory HIV testing of women.
Zimbabwe: Case challenging the refusal to allow sex workers to march.
Malawi: Case challenging arbitrary arrest of sex workers.
The Rights4All Project, under its My Body My Rights Campaign, published a booklet which summarises the provisions of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act of 2018. The booklet is available here.Read More
Factual Background The applicants were among 71 women who were arrested at various public spaces in Abuja between 17 and 26 April 2019. The arrests were carried out by the FCTA Joint Task Team comprising the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Securities…Read More
From 14 to 16 November 2018, 100 human rights defenders from across Southern Africa met to discuss the closing of civic spaces in the region. The Summit noted points for activism to ensure that human rights defenders are able to…Read More
Local community groups working with populations vulnerable to HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa are making inroads into obtaining official recognition by their governments, which is expanding opportunities for increased funding and ensuring a more substantial, and needed, role in national HIV…Read More
Factual Background The applicants are among 50 women arrested and detained on 22 February 2017 by the joint task force comprising members of Nigeria Police, Nigerian Army, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and other law enforcement agents. The applicants are…Read More
Factual Background In the late evening of 22 September 2017, police conducted a sweeping exercise. They arrested 24 persons and charged them jointly with the offence of “being found wandering and failing to give a good account of themselves”. In…Read More
Lilongwe - On Tuesday, 28 November, Malawi Members of Parliament voted to reject coercive and criminalising provisions that threatened human rights in a long-deliberated HIV (Prevention and Management) Bill. Activists and people living with and affected by HIV celebrated outside…Read More
On Tuesday, 28 November 2017, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe set aside the decision of the High Court of Zimbabwe, in which the High Court refused the Sexual Rights Centre (SRC) in Bulawayo the right to hold a peaceful demonstration.…Read More
On 28 November 2017, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe set aside the decision of the High Court of Zimbabwe, in which the High Court refused the Sexual Rights Centre (SRC) in Bulawayo the right to hold a peaceful demonstration. The…Read More
BANJUL, The Gambia—Civil society organisations working on HIV and human rights, delivered a statement at the 61st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights condemning the disturbing trend of the enactment of repressive HIV specific laws…Read More