On 23 September, the Africa Aerospace and Defence Weapons Fair was held at the Ysterplaat Airforce base in Cape Town. Earthlife Africa Cape Town joined the Anti-War Coalition and other organizations in a protest at this event.
Protest participants are disgusted that arms companies and their South African subsidiaries, responsible for the deaths of millions of civilians across Africa and the Middle East, among other places, have been invited to exhibit their weapons of death in a carnival atmosphere.
Democracy and Access to Justice
The realisation of human rights is closely linked to the promotion of democratic principles such as human dignity, equality and freedom.
Human rights NGOs in South Africa (SA) are concerned with protecting civil rights in an effort to ensure the effective functioning of our democracy.
The repression of the 1980’s created the incubator for the birth of many NGOs including the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), which was formally established in 1989. This was a challenging era in South Africa’s history where there was widespread political resurgence in communities that responded violently to the harsh and rigid enforcement of apartheid laws, which at one stage included the incarceration of 3,500 children.