human rights

Millions face Starvation in DRC

More than three million people are facing starvation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says David Beasley the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), who is appealing for aid to avert a humanitarian crisis in Kasai province.

In an interview with the BBC Beasley further warned that hundreds of thousands of children could die in the coming months if urgent aid was not delivered.

Fake Medical Certificates for Sale

A list of 10 illegally practising or unregistered medical practitioners issuing bogus medical certificates for people to get off work in the Western Cape has been released by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

The aim is to create awareness among employers, employees and the public.

Spokesperson Priscilla Sekhonyana says the HPCSA has in its possession 28 fake medical certificates reported to the Cape Town office, GroundUp reported.

Rising Attacks on Environmental Defenders Threaten Human Rights Goals Globally

“I have been told that my name is on a hit list…but I haven’t been killed yet.”

These were the chilling words of Mzama Dlamini, a South African community activist, to a gathering of environmental defenders from all over the world. Many in the audience could personally relate.

Birth Certificate Scam

Three Home Affairs officials and four other people have been charged with fraud, contravention of the Immigration Act and Identification Act in connection with a fraudulent birth certificates.

The seven were arrested by Hawks from the Durban Commercial Crime Unit with the Home Affairs Counter Corruption Team.
 
In a statement the Hawks said the Home Affairs Counter Corruption Team discovered that there were some irregularities in the issuing of late birth certificates at Mzimkhulu, Bulwer and Ulundi Home Affairs offices.

SA Needs a Concrete Plan To Stop Gender Violence

Recently, newspapers carried an article about a 44-year old gender activist who was raped behind some bushes at night. Most readers likely skipped over it and turned to the sports pages. Perhaps partly because of the familiarity of the scenario, or partly to protect the reader from yet another story about “bad and violent things” happening in South Africa.

Rabies Outbreak Hits North West

A rabies disease outbreak has been detected in Schweizer-Reneke and Bloemhof, in the North West.

More than 20 heard of cattle have died.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals.

Early symptoms can include fever especially on dogs and cat families and can be spread to other mammals.

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Ethiopian Women Fear Human Trafficking

Women in Ethiopia live under constant fear of violence, illness, hunger and poverty but they are now also facing a new threat - human trafficking, according to veteran women's rights campaigner Bogaletch Gebre.

Although a state-led industrial drive has transformed Ethiopia into one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, a third of its 99 million citizens still survive on less than $1.90 a day - the World Bank's measure of extreme poverty.

Political parties and NGOs Capitalising on Protests

State Security Minister David Mahlobo has taken a swipe at opposition political parties and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)‚ accusing them of capitalising on student protests to score political points.

“Students are raising a genuine concern around the issue of quality education. However‚ the genuine struggle for students get exploited [because] political parties want to come in and score political points on a matter of national interest‚” said Mahlobo on Monday.

Swazi Men Abused

More Swazi men are seeking help from a gender-based-violence NGO.

Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) reported that in August 2016, 60 men attended its clinics. This compared to 86 women during the same time.
Local media reported SWAGAA Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Mcolisi Dlamini, saying the number of men seeking help from the organisation was on the increase. 

The Swazi Observer reported on Tuesday (25 October 2016) that 26 clients reported ‘non-abuse’ cases such as personal issues and were not relating to sexual or physical abuse. 

Beatrice Mtetwa Listed in Fortune’s Top 50 Leaders

Prominent Swazi-born human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa named one of Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders of 2015.

Fortune which is an American business magazine published globally by Time Inc and founded by Henry Luce in 1929 competes with Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek in the national business magazine category and distinguishes itself with long, in-depth feature articles.

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