SALC’s Rule of Law work is integrated within its other programmatic areas and focuses on the following objectives:
- To challenge encroachments on judicial independence.
- To challenge practices where the executive seeks to encroach on the powers of parliament or the judiciary.
Lesotho: Support wife of late Brigadier Mahau to argue against the setting aside of the findings of the SADC Commission of Inquiry into Lesotho.
Botswana: Challenge interpretation of Constitution which allows President discretion to appoint High Court judges.
Swaziland: Challenging lawyer and editor’s arrest and detention for contempt of court.
Zambia: Defending anti-corruption activist charged with contempt of court.
Lesotho: Conduct advocacy and litigation to address unlawful arrests and military detention.
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On 18 November 2005, the Southern African Development Community Tribunal (SADC Tribunal) was inaugurated. It was established through a protocol which created a regional court to hear disputes of not only SADC member states but also of their citizens. This…Read More
On the 24 October 2019, SALC delivered an oral statement at the the 65th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights. Zimbabwe Zimbabwe is in crisis facing chronic shortages of physical money, the country’s economy has…Read More
SALC strongly condemns the recent killing of Dr. Anastácio Matavel. Dr Matavel was founder and executive director of FONGA-Gaza NGO Forum and chairman of the General Assembly of Joint Liga of NGOs in Mozambique. On the 7th October 2019, Dr…Read More
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Organizations in the region, as well as internationally, are deeply concerned about the impact the Zambian Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019 may have on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, if adopted. Of particular concern are the amendments made…Read More
The Zambian Constitutional Amendment Bill was released for public comment on 21 June 2019. The Bill proposes amendments relating to oversight functions of the National Assembly. This policy brief seeks to demonstrate what impact these proposed amendments to National Assembly…Read More
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A brief analysis of Zambia’s Constitutional Amendment Bill by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre The Zambian Constitutional Amendment Bill was released for public comment on 21 June 2019. Section 79 of the Constitution provides that a Bill which seeks to…Read More
It is more than seventy years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted yet the struggle to achieve full realisation of human rights remains a pressing reality. One of the challenges hampering the enjoyment of human rights…Read More