NGOs Concerned About Botswana’s NHRI

Botswana non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are concerned that their government and the United Nations (UN) are engaged in processes concerning the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) without the strategic engagement of civil society organisations.

Between 2015 and 2016 the NHRI Benchmarking Missions for delegations of the Botswana government and the UN in Botswana, were undertaken to benchmark human rights institutions in Ghana, Namibia and Tanzania.

Reaching Consensus in Parliament

Amid all the excitement of last week’s accusations about undue influence in Cabinet appointments, two noteworthy decisions were made in Parliament. In the long term, they may turn out to be just as important as the exposure of suspicious activities involving the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma. The decisions in question also demonstrate that the work of Parliament goes much deeper than the apparent circus that is regrettably often depicted on our screens. 

Zim's CSOs on the Edge as Donors Ship Out

The future of Zimbabwe's mainstream civic groups involved in political and human rights advocacy looks uncertain amid indications their traditional sponsors are not keen on renewing their contracts.

It has emerged some of the contracts expire during the first quarter of 2016 with no prospects for further extension.

Most civil society organisations have been left battling to pay salaries let alone finance their operations and this has seen some local non-governmental organisations cut staff or revising contracts in some instances as the struggle to survive gets tougher.

NGO Criticises SA Over Minimum Wage

Lobby group, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) says that the introduction of a national minimum wage will likely increase the country’s unemployment rate.

In a press statement, the organisation warns that, “Raising the minimum wage and making it applicable nationally, cannot fail to increase unemployment.”

It argues: “Rather than consider a national minimum wage, intended to raise the wages of people who already have jobs, government should be giving its full attention to creating conditions that will lead to an increase in the demand for labour.”

Govt to Appeal Al-Bashir Ruling in ConCourt

Government will consider a Constitutional Court appeal following its defeat in a Bloemfontein court on 15 March 2016.
Government was appealing a Pretoria High Court ruling which stated that because South Africa is a signatory to the Rome Statute‚ Al-Bashir should have been arrested when attended the African Union Summit in June.
In the same vein, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh‚ executive director of the Southern African Litigation Centre says that they were delighted that the Supreme Court of Appeal had dismissed the government's appeal.

Call to Protect Children From Abuse

Malawi’s former justice of the Child Justice Court, Esmie Tembenu, has stressed the need for the country to protect children from all forms of abuse.

This comes at a time when some non-governmental organisations expressed worry over the delay to adopt the child protection policy.

Tembenu says there is need to protect children from continued abuse and responding to the abuse by taking a child away from the abusive environment.

Govt Doing Good on Social Grants – Survey

Most black South Africans think the government is doing a good job in this area, but coloureds, whites and Asians are not as enthusiastic.

The government is doing pensions and social grants right, according to more than 61 percent of people of all races who took part in a national survey.

Good Governance Africa commissioned the research, which polled 2 245 people in the nine provinces last year for their perceptions of how the government is performing in various areas.


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