Research Reports & Policy Briefs

Strategic litigation and legal advocacy often requires in-depth research to establish the extent of human rights infringements and the most appropriate remedies for such infringements. SALC has produced as number of research reports and policy briefs which guide its litigation and advocacy work.

03 Jun 2019 Annabel Raw
Linking Climate, Gender and HIV Justice: A Preliminary Report on Access to HIV T...

This is a preliminary report on barriers to access to HIV treatment and care experienced by communities living in and around the Lake Chilwa area in Malawi. A fact-finding mission was undertaken in August 2018 by the Coalition of Woman…

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11 Mar 2019 Staff Writer
SALC Research Report: Alignment of Eswatini’s Domestic Laws with Recommend...

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…

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13 Nov 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Publication: Reflecting on the Closing of Civic Spaces in Southern Africa...

Reflecting on the Closing of Civic Spaces and its Impact on Marginalised Groups in Southern Africa 2018 marks the 20th anniversary since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the landmark Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and…

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18 May 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Research Report: The impact of laws criminalising same-sex relationships in Bots...

In commemoration of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May), Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), the UNDP and Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa is launching a booklet entitled: "The law…

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28 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
Protection Frameworks for Refugees and Migrants in Southern Africa...

States guarantee basic human rights and ensure physical security for their citizens. However, when people become refugees these protections disappear. Refugees fleeing war or persecution become incredibly vulnerable. They lose the protection of their own state and often it is…

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31 Oct 2017 Staff Writer
SIDE EVENT ON THE MARGINS OF THE 61ST ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ACHPR...

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Commission) has recognised that the declassification and decriminalisation of petty offences is an important human rights issue. A Side Event on the Margins of the 61ST Ordinary Session of the ACHPR has…

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31 Jul 2017 Staff Writer
SALC Research Report: Prosecuting sexual violence against women and girls with d...

This report was prompted by Malawian civil society organisations’ perception that there is a lack of will on the part of police and prosecution to investigate and prosecute cases related to sexual violence committed against women and girls living with…

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31 Jul 2017 Staff Writer
SALC Research Report: Towards a human rights-based approach to learner pregnancy...

The Malawi government's Revised Readmission Procedures to deal with learner pregnancy was launched in 2006. Ten years later, SALC and the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) conducted research into the manner in which the policy is applied in practice. This…

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24 Jul 2017 Staff Writer
SALC Policy brief: Access to justice for healthcare violations...

In 2016 SALC launched a research report on the extent to which key populations are subjected to discrimination in the healthcare system and their ability to access redress from complaints mechanisms. The research focused on Botswana, Malawi and Zambia. Subsequently,…

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24 Sep 2016 Staff Writer
SALC Research Report: Accountability and redress for discrimination in healthcar...

Southern Africa bears a disproportionate burden of HIV globally and indications are that stigma and discrimination remain high, not only amongst people living with HIV but also amongst those most vulnerable to HIV. Stigma and discrimination violate human rights and are barriers…

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24 Sep 2016 Staff Writer
Laws and policies affecting transgender persons in Southern Africa...

Throughout Africa, transgender persons have to contend with pervasive negative experiences, such as societal stigma and discrimination. Many transgender men and women experience discrimination and harassment in their daily lives – at work, at home, while they are walking on…

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24 Sep 2016 Staff Writer
SALC Research Report: ‘They should protect us because that is their job’...

Throughout the world, sex workers are vulnerable to and experience discrimination, stigma and violence in all spheres of their daily lives – including at work, public institutions, and facilities, and even amongst their families. In many instances, police officials perpetrate…

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