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February 19th, 2020

SALC fight for human rights in Africa

topic:Human Rights
type:NGO, Project
by:Yair Oded

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is a non-profit organisation taking on legal battles in order to protect, promote and secure human rights across Southern Africa.

Founded as a joint initiative of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) in 2005, the organisation currently runs projects in numerous Africa countries, including Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Eswatini. 

“We believe in the promotion of democratic values, human dignity, substantive equality and non-discrimination. We focus our work on communities who are marginalised and face challenges in accessing legal, social and environmental justice. We strive to foster an environment which respects the physical, mental and social well-being of our clients, partners and staff and encourages human flourishing,” reads SALC’s mission statement. 

The organisation embarks on legal advocacy efforts in areas ranging from criminal justice and business and human rights to refugee tights, women’s rights, children’s rights, and LGBTQ rights. 

One of SALC’s recent victories took place in the kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), where in 2017 it mounted legal challenges (along with Women and Law in Southern Africa - WLSA) against the kingdom’s oppressive marital laws which rendered women inferior to their husbands.

The lawsuit filed by SALC and WLSA has ultimately led to the High Court in Eswatini to repeal these archaic laws and put women on an equal footing as their husbands in the eyes of the law. 

To learn more about SALC’s previous and ongoing campaigns, sign up for their emails, and explore available internship opportunities, please visit their website

You may also spread the word about their fight for human rights on social media

Image: SALC Facebook page

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