NGOs Urged to Push for Policy Implementation

NGOs have not done enough to lobby for speedier implementation of policies. This is according to former Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) chairperson, Phillip Makgalemele.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2009 NGO Week in Botswana, Makgalemele said: “I am hopeful that in the coming months, there will be intensified lobbying... ."

Calls to Criminalise Torture

Ugandan civil society organisations have asked their government to enact a law criminalising torture before the 2011 general elections.

“We call upon the Government to affirm its commitment to eliminate torture in Uganda by enacting the prevention of torture Bill into law," says Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, Meddie Kaggwa. 

Kaggwa says the current laws on torture are inadequate, and although torture is covered in the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002, it only applies to authorised officers.

US$202 million for Zim NGOs

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has concluded his tour of Europe and the United States without raising a penny for the inclusive government although he acquired US$202 million for NGOs, which are mostly British or US-based entities.

International news agencies quoted British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as pledging full support once the reform programme "gained momentum"on the ground . Nearly all the countries visited by Tsvangirai said their money will be channelled through NGOs.

AI to Monitor Zimbabwe for 100 Days

Amnesty International (AI) says it will closely monitor the human rights situation in Zimbabwe for the next 100 days, to test the commitment of the unity government to real reforms in the country.

The announcement follows a meeting between AI's secretary-general, Irene Khan, and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, in the United Kingdom, after wrapping up a six-day visit to Zimbabwe last week.

Barloworld Boosts loveLife’s Youth Leadership Initiative

Press Release

12 June 2009

loveLife announces expanded support from Barloworld with a grant of R1 million to fund the development of a new leadership-with-opportunity initiative for the best graduates of loveLife’s programmes.  The new initiative - called Connected! – aims to develop the public innovation skills of 5,000 young leaders drawn from marginalized communities across South Africa.  

NGO Slams Farmers Over Wages

The Nkuzi Development Association has slammed the attitude of farm owners towards minimum wages for farm workers in Limpopo.

A spokesperson for the organisation, Shirhami Shirinda says it is unacceptable that farmers will have to hide behind minimum wages when some of them are not even paying as required by law.

Report on the Status and Role of Youth NGOs in the Current Democratic SA

'Report on the Status and Role of Youth NGOs in the current Democratic South Africa' was compiled by the Youth Development Network (YDN) and aims to stimulate debate around the mechanisms of strengthening and resuscitating the Youth Development sector. The report examines what led to the collapse of many NGOs - was it funding, relevancy, leadership or political environment in a form of policies provisions?

Amnesty International Visits Zimbabwe

The head of human rights group Amnesty International has arrived in Zimbabwe on a visit signalling a thaw in relations between the troubled African nation and critics of its president, Robert Mugabe.

Irene Khan began the six-day visit over the weekend, during which she is scheduled to meet with Mugabe, government officials and victims of human rights violations.

Khan and her delegation were granted entry visas by the coalition government formed in February. In the past, other critics of the government have been barred entry to Zimbabwe.

New Bills are a Serious Threat to the Constitution and Should be Withdrawn

Press Release

7 June 2009

New Bills are a serious threat to the constitution and should be withdrawn
On 1 June 2009 the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJCD) published the draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill (CAB) and the draft State Liability Bill for public comment.  We regret that both threaten the foundations of Constitutional supremacy and the Bill of Rights. If passed in their current form the Bills will not only amend the Constitution but also shield legislation from judicial review.


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