Sex Worker Rights

SALC’s Sex Worker Rights programme has the following objectives:

  • To assert accountability for police abuse of sex workers.
  • To assert sex workers’ rights to form an association and to engage in protests.
  • To challenge incorrect interpretations of offences, including the offence of living on the earnings of prostitution.
  • To challenge offences used to arbitrarily target sex workers and other marginalised groups.

On-going cases:

Zimbabwe: Case challenging the refusal to allow sex workers to march.
Nigeria: Case challenging unlawful arrests of sex workers and police abuse.

Precedent cases:

Malawi: Case challenging the use of the offence of living on the earnings of prostitution to arrest sex workers.
Malawi: Case challenging constitutionality of rogue and vagabond offence.
Malawi: Case challenging mandatory HIV testing of women.

29 Nov 2017 Staff Writer
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28 Nov 2017 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: SUPREME COURT OF ZIMBABWE SETS ASIDE HIGH COURT DECISION TO REFUSE...

On Tuesday, 28 November 2017, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe set aside the decision of the High Court of Zimbabwe, in which the High Court refused the Sexual Rights Centre (SRC) in Bulawayo the right to hold a peaceful demonstration.…

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06 Nov 2017 Staff Writer
CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT ON THE CRIMINALISATION OF HIV AT THE 61ST ORIDINARY SESS...

BANJUL, The Gambia—Civil society organisations working on HIV and human rights, delivered a statement at the 61st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights condemning the disturbing trend of the enactment of repressive HIV specific laws…

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02 Nov 2017 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: MALAWI RIGHTS BODIES DEFY CRIMINALISING THE TRANSMISSION OF HI...

Nyasa Times By Alfred Chauwa Stakeholders have described the new HIV and AIDS Bill as ‘a bad law’ and a disaster to happen as it is discriminatory and will impede the fight against AIDS. The bill includes mandatory HIV testing…

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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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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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