Human rights

Court Rules in Favour of Human Rights

TAC Newsletter, 5 April 2007.

On Wednesday, 4 April 2007, the Constitutional Court passed judgment on the case of three women who are HIV positive who claim that their rights to privacy and dignity were violated when their names were published without their consent in a biography of Ms. Patricia de Lille, leader of political party the Independent Democrats.

Report on Core Competencies in Human Rights for Health Professional

Reflecting on the conference exploring what are Core Competencies in Human Rights for graduates in the health professions, Professor Leslie considers what can be done to support human right training in health professions. The report reflects on the question that formed the basis of the conference, “Ho should we train our graduates so that they are better equipped to respond to the intricate challenges of post-apartheid transformation, in the context of globalisation and the increasing complexity of health care.”

A Life Free of Violence Is Our Right

Title: A Life Free of Violence Is Our Right

Author: Maribeth Lovegrove

Year of Publication: 2007

Publisher: United Nations Development Fund for Women 

 “A Life Free of Violence Is Our Right! The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women”, is a 36-page booklet which captures examples of promising approaches that Trust Fund grantees have used to eliminate multiple forms of violence in women’s lives.

Zimbabwe Not a Threat to International Peace & Security – SAIRR

Business Day, 30 March 2007.

According to Kane-Berman of the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), the situation in Zimbabwe is not a threat to international peace and security.

Kane-Berman, who supports a similar view by South Africa’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Dumisani Khumalo, argues SA’s policy of quiet diplomacy has plainly failed and economic sanctions are likely to do more harm to ordinary citizens than President Robert Mugabe himself.

HURISA – FXI Focuses on Right to Gather

SANGONeT, 27 March 2007.

The Human Right Institute of South Africa (HURISA) and the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) hosted a half-day seminar on the Regulation of the Gatherings Act (RGA), 205 of 1993, as part of its commemoration of Human Rights Day.

The day is celebrated after the loss of 69 lives in what was later termed the “Sharpeville massacre”, on 21 March 1960. The massacre took place when police used live bullets to dispel the gathering protesting against Pass Laws.

Malawian NGOs Demand Changes to Constitution by Referendum

Nation Malawi, 29 March 2007.

A coalition of Malawian NGOs have called for a referendum  on the state’s  constitution on the grounds that only a referendum can give people in the country a genuine platform to influence  the contents of a new  constitution.  

The NGOs, working as the Civil and Political Space Platform, claim that giving MPs the final say on  the constitution is risky as the legislators usually put their personal or party interests above the national good. 

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