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Rule of Law

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.
Research Reports & Policy BriefsRule of LawZimbabwe

An Analysis of Zimbabwe’s Proposed Constitutional Amendments Relating to the Judiciary

The Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill, 2019 (‘the Amendment Bill’) was published in Zimbabwe’s Government Gazette on 31 December 2019. The Bill seeks to make changes to the current Constitution of Zimbabwe (‘the 2013 Constitution’), establishing the rules and principles by which the polity of Zimbabwe is governed.…
Amanda Shivamba
10 Jun 2020
NewsRule of LawZimbabwe

SALC is concerned about the renewed reprisals in Zimbabwe following the arrests of opposition leaders and independent lawyers

The Zimbabwe Republic Police arrested six Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC) officials on Friday, 5 June, after they allegedly attempted to enter their party headquarters, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House (MRT House, formerly Harvest House). The arrested MDC officials are Vice President Tendai Biti, Lynette Karenyi-Kore, Vongai Tome, Gladys Hlatshwayo,…
Staff Writer
8 Jun 2020
Research Reports & Policy BriefsRule of LawSADCZimbabwe


A Constitution of any State is a body of fundamental principles which the State is acknowledged to be governed by; it is the supreme law of the land. The procedure for amending a Constitution differs from State to State; however, it is always more difficult to amend a Constitution than…
Staff Writer
27 May 2020
Criminal JusticeFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationHealth RightsResearch Reports & Policy BriefsRule of LawSADC

SALC Policy Brief: A Legal Overview of the Impact of COVID-19 on Justice and Rights in Southern Africa

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, various countries in the Southern African region have put in place restrictions on gatherings, free movement, commerce and expression. Many of these measures limit human rights and result in criminal sanctions for breach. This policy brief looks at these criminalising provisions within the context…
Staff Writer
26 May 2020
Criminal JusticeRule of LawSubmissions

Submission to the Report of the Secretary General on the Question of the Death Penalty pursuant to Decision 18/117 and Resolution 22/11 of the Human Rights Council

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner made a call to Non Governmental Organisations to receive any relevant information with regard to the question of the Death Penalty. Below is SALC's Submission. Introduction This submission was prepared by SALC. Our organisation is opposed to the death penalty and regards…
Amanda Shivamba
2 Apr 2020
Freedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationNewsRule of LawZambia

Joint Statement Calling for the Ban on Zambian Lawyer, John Sangwa, to be Lifted Immediately

Statement Issued By: Amnesty International, SADC Lawyers’ Association and Southern Africa Litigation Centre The Zambian authorities must immediately and unconditionally reinstate lawyer John Sangwa and allow him to practise in his profession, Amnesty International, SADC Lawyers’ Association and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre said today. The banning of John Sangwa…
Amanda Shivamba
23 Mar 2020