Human rights

900 killed in ethnic violence in DRC in mid-December

16 January 2019

At least 890 people are believed to have been killed in ethnic violence in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo last month, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday.

The toll doubles an estimate provided on Monday by a local priest and a civil society activist who said that at least 400 people had been killed in bloodshed which led the government to cancel voting there in last month’s presidential election.

Shabaab claims Nairobi attack retaliation for Trump Jerusalem move

17 January 2019

The Al-Shabaab jihadist group said Wednesday it carried out the deadly attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex in retaliation for US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the SITE monitoring group said.

The group said in a statement picked up by SITE that its fighters stormed the DusitD2 complex on instructions by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

15 dead in Islamist attack on Kenya hotel complex

16 January 2019

Fifteen people have died in an Islamist attack on an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenyan police sources said Wednesday, as fresh explosions and gunfire rang out in the siege which stretched into its second day.

Security forces worked throughout the night to secure the DusitD2 compound, which includes a 101-room hotel, spa, restaurant and office buildings, after an attack claimed by Al-Shabaab Islamists on Tuesday afternoon.

Zimbabwe targets, beats activists amid unrest

17 January 2019

The US embassy in Zimbabwe says it is "alarmed" by credible reports that security forces are targeting and beating activists and labour leaders. A local doctors' rights group says it has treated 68 gunshot cases.

The US statement on Thursday also urges Zimbabwe's government to restore access to social media as the country faces its worst unrest since deadly post-election violence in August. Zimbabweans this week heeded a nationwide stay-at-home call after the government dramatically increased fuel prices in the economically shattered country.

2019 Election campaign targets youth

Attracting young South Africans to register to vote in this year’s national and provincial elections is among the Independent Electoral Commission’s top priorities as it seeks to deliver a credible election. 

This much is apparent in the IEC’s election campaign launched in Midrand on Thursday. Colloquially phrased “X’se, your x is your say”, the campaign seeks to attract mostly youth but it has an appeal across all generations, the IEC said. 

Zimbabwe doctors end strike without deal as unions meet government

10 January 2019

Zimbabwean doctors on Thursday ended a 40-day strike for better pay and conditions that crippled public hospitals without a deal on salary increases, their union said, but warned that members may not report for work daily due to acute fuel shortages.

The announcement by the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) came just hours before public sector unions were to meet the government, which is expected to table an offer to expand cost-of-living payments in an attempt to avert unrest.

airstrike in Somalia kills 6 al-Shabaab extremists

10 January 2019

The United States military says it has carried out an airstrike in southern Somalia that killed six al-Shabaab extremists.

The US Africa Command statement on Wednesday says Tuesday's airstrike targeted an al-Shabab camp near Yaaq Braawe in the Bay region.

Two strikes on Monday near Baqdaad killed four al-Shabab members, and one on Sunday killed six al-Shabab members near Dheerow Sanle in Lower Shabelle region.
 

Sons and daughters of no country

8 January 2018

If amendments to the Births and Deaths Registration Act are approved, the children of migrants and other vulnerable groups might find it even more difficult to access basic services.

Under the proposed amendments, these children will receive a notice of birth, which will have to be taken to their embassy to obtain a birth certificate.

Final POPI regulations published

9 January 2018

The Information Regulator in SA published the final Protection of Personal Information (POPI) regulations on 14 December 2018.

Law firm Michalsons notes the regulations say: "These regulations shall be called the regulations relating to the protection of personal information, 2018."

The POPI Act was signed by the then president Jacob Zuma on 19 November 2013 and published in the Government Gazette on 26 November 2013.

Gender-based violence increases over 16 days: report

12 December 2018 

Pretoria - A non-government organisation says it's concerned over the sharp increase in domestic violence since the start of the festive season.

Councillors at the Sinoville Crisis Centre in Pretoria reported the alarming rise in incidents.​

This was during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, which ended on Monday.

The Sinoville Crisis Centre's CEO Colleen Strauss said economic stress, alcohol, and drug abuse could be contributing factors to the increase of incidents.
 

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