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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…
Equality Rights

Displacement of communities & Illegal conversion of customary land: Chipabwamba & 12 Others v Yssel Enterprises Limited & Others

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre, in collaboration with the Muchinda Royal Establishment together with the Zambia Land Alliance, is assisting 13 community members, each representing their family in bringing forth a case where they seek to…
Equality Rights

Unauthorised commercial farming activties on customary land: John Kapabila & 3 Others v Nicole-Nkalonga Investment Limited & 4 Others

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre is currently assisting four residents (Petitioners) of Senior Chief Muchinda in the Serenje District of the Central Province of Zambia in bringing a case against…

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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…

Malawi: Protecting women from illegal land seizure

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                SALC is working with Youth Watch Society (YOWSO) to help a poor single woman, Mary, and her widowed mother, Idesi retain the…

Zimbabwe: Protecting women’s right to matrimonial property

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SALC worked with Women and Law in Southern Africa –Zimbabwe (WLSA – Zimbabwe) to challenge the decision of the Master of the High Court (Master) that approved a distribution plan…

Botswana: Women’s inheritance rights under customary law

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SALC supported a case in Botswana before the High Court challenging a customary law rule which provides only for male inheritance of the family home.The case was an appeal from…

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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…
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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…
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A new dawn for the protection of the rights of vulnerable communities with unregistered land in Zambia

Commonwealth Lawyers Association 26 June 2020 Brigadier Siachitema In a recent decision of the High Court for Zambia, a community of displaced Zambian villagers succeeded in a land dispute against…
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Malawi protecting women from illegal land seizure

8 December 2016, Malawi – On Friday 2 December 2016, the High Court of Malawi, sitting in Mzuzu, dismissed an action brought by the Plaintiffs, an elite couple, against two…

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Botswana

Botswana’s indigenous San and Bayei communities fight to protect their ancestral land and preserve their 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 their effort to defend and  reclaim Khuti ya ga Mathiba,…
Socio-Economic Rights

Zambian government must ensure transparent dam approval processes, uphold environmental regulations, and protect local community rights

27 March 2024 -The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) is concerned by recent remarks of President Hakainde Hichilema made during the launch of early maize harvests in the Mkushi Central province of Zambia on 20…
Civic Rights

Revitilising the campaign against sedition and insult offences in Africa

Sedition laws are a serious threat to freedom of expression and democracy in Africa. These laws are often used to silence dissent and criminalize legitimate criticism of the government. In…
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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…