Rights of LGBT Persons

SALC’s programme on the rights of LGBT persons has the following objectives:

  • To improve jurisprudence on the rights of LGBT persons through incremental litigation focusing on freedom of association and expression for LGBT activists in the region.
  • To create a more nuanced legal strategy for criminal defence in sodomy cases.
  • To assert the role of the State to provide full citizenship and self-determination to all persons irrespective of gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • To assert police accountability in cases of police abuse of transgender persons.

On-going cases:

Zimbabwe: Action for damages for unlawful arrest of transgender person.
Botswana: Two cases challenging State’s refusal to change gender marker of transgender persons.
Malawi: Case challenging sodomy provisions in Penal Code.
Mozambique: Case challenging refusal to register LGBT organisation.
Malawi: Case challenging Director of Public Prosecution’s powers to withdraw private prosecution for hate speech against LGBT.
Malawi: Case challenging the arrest of a transgender person on the charge of soliciting for an immoral purpose.

Precedent cases:

Botswana: Case challenging the refusal to register an LGBT organisation.
Malawi: Case challenging arrest of couple on sodomy charges.
Zambia: Case challenging arrest of couple on sodomy charges.
Zambia: Support activist’s right to freedom of expression.


06 Oct 2017 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
2015-2017 BIENNIAL REPORT...

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29 Sep 2017 Staff Writer
Press Release: Botswana High Court Rules in Landmark Gender Identity Case...

  29 September 2017, Gaborone, Botswana On Friday 29 September 2017, the Lobatse High Court, per Justice Nthomiwa handed down judgment in a case which challenged the refusal of the Registrar of National Registration to change the gender marker on…

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28 Jul 2017 Staff Writer
Zimbabwe: Challenging unlawful arrest of transgender woman...

On 16 January 2014 a transgender activist was arrested in Bulawayo after entering a female toilet. At the police station she was forced to strip and examined by medical doctors to verify her gender. After spending two nights in a…

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25 Jul 2017 Staff Writer
SALC calls for #equalhealthforall...

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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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04 Apr 2017 Staff Writer
Workshop Report: Using complaints to address healthcare violations in Zambia...

With funding from the Africa Regional Grant on HIV, SALC hosted workshops in Botswana, Malawi and Zambia on “Using complaints to address healthcare violations”, in reference to SALC’s Guidebook on the same subject. A workshop was held in Zambia on…

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