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Socio-Economic Rights

Challenging large-scale agricultural and extractive land use that results in customary land dispossession without adequate consent, consultation and compensation, and increases poverty, environmental degradation and social inequality.

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Botswana

Botswana: Indigenous San and Bayei communities fight to protect ancestral land and indigenous rights

Tawana Land Board v Botswana Khwedom Council & 10 Others The Southern Africa Litigation Centre is working with the Botswana Khwedom Council to support the San and Bayei communities in…
Kabwe mine
International Justice

Amicus in class action on lead poisoning by Anglo America in Zambia

On 9 May 2022, Amnesty International and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) have applied to intervene in an unprecedented class action lawsuit. The case was brought by a group…
Socio-Economic Rights

Illegal dam construction on Munte River: Chisenga Beriat & 8 Others v Serenje Properties Limited

On 3 February 2022, fifty-five community members (“Petitioners”), with the assistance of the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC), filed a Petition in the High Court of Zambia against Mr. Gregg…
Equality Rights

Encroachment of a protected area in Chitambo District: Kasanka Trust Limited & Others v Lake Agro Industries & 6 Others

On 19 October 2021, the Mapepala and Nabowa Community Forest Management Groups (CFMG), together with Kasanka Trust Limited, which co-manages the operations of the Kasanka National Park  in Chitambo District with…

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Unconstitutional deprivation of land: Ba-Ga-Malete Tribe contest constitutionality of Section 7 of the Tribal Territories Amendment Act No. 3 of 1973

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SALC is assisting the Ba-Ga-Malete Tribe, represented by Kgosi Mosadi Seboko and the Gamalete Development Trust, against the Malete Land Board and the Attorney General to retain the land known…

Eswatini: Supporting the right to protest at a university

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SALC is concerned that the doctrine of common purpose is on occasion used by university councils to punish student leaders where damages of university property occurred during a student protest.…

Malawi: Challenging refusal of admission to school

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Factual Background The applicant was refused enrolment at a school on the basis that he had dreadlocks. Over the years, there have been a number of reports of schools refusing…

Malawi: Detention of learners for pregnancy

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SALC is working with Youth Watch Society (YOWSO) in Malawi on a case seeking the review of a Magistrates Court decision to fine parents of students who were pregnant and…

Articles

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Articles

Mother Earth Day: Transparency and unity in water management

Let’s work together to build a world where every drop of water is valued and every community has a say in the decisions that shape their environment. On Mother Earth…
Blog

Rural Women Confront Land Dispossession as a Form of GBV

In the predominantly women-owned agricultural lands of Serenje District in Zambia's Central Province, home of the Lala people, a lesser-known form of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) has been unfolding for several…
Articles

Bridging the gap: The interconnected struggle for water access and the elimination of gender-based violence

In the pursuit of a world that upholds universal human rights, the pivotal role of access to clean water and sanitation cannot be overstated. Acknowledged by the United Nations as…
Articles

Unearthing the truth: How discriminatory laws and social norms lead to insecure land rights for women and undermine sustainable development

Desertification and Drought Day, marked on 17 June 2023, shined a spotlight on women’s land rights under the theme “Her land. Her rights”. Key fundamental questions arise: Do women still face…

Resources

Resources

Civil Liability for Human Rights Violations: A Handbook for Practitioners

The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights led the project on civil liability for human rights violations from 2019 to 2022, which involved an analysis of existing domestic law mechanisms or…
Civic Rights

SALC submission on Zimbabwe’s 3rd universal periodic review

Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic crisis, which has only been exacerbated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdown restrictions have led to a decrease in manufacturing,…
Civic Rights

2019-2021 Biennial report

SALC's biennial report captures activities for March 2019 to February 2021. Read the report here.
Using the court to protect vulnerable people: Perspectives from the judiciary and legal profession
Equality Rights

Using the court to protect vulnerable people: Perspectives from the judiciary and legal profession

In February and March 2014 the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, the National Association of Women Judges and Magistrates (Botswana) and the judiciaries in Malawi and Zambia co-hosted judicial colloquia on…