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​Problem With Activists Doing Good in Africa

In recent years, according to the Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Ben Radley, Western advocacy groups have achieved unprecedented success in mobilising Europeans and North Americans behind a ‘conflict minerals’ campaign to help end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
 
Radley says the advocacy groups have also attracted strong criticism, both internationally and in the DRC, for the perceived negative impact of their work.
 

Death Penalty Does Not Reduce Crime

Amnesty International, a non-governmental organisation campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all, says the number of people who have been put on death penalty has increased.

The organisation’s Muleya Mwananyanga states that there is no evidence suggests that death penalty decreases the rate of crime in the world.
Amnesty International has just released a report indicating that they number of people killed through death penalty rulings has increased.

The report found that at least 1 634 executions were recorded around the world, in 2015 alone.

Malawi Criticised for Arresting Street Kids

The Malawi Government has hit back at critics of its decision to arrest parents of street kids in the country.

The exercise was expected to start next month but did not go well with some civil society organisations who suggested that government should stop the process.

The organisations are lobbying that government should provide a tangible solution to the matter rather than arresting the beggars since poverty forces them to stay in the streets.

Allocation of Police Human Resources Challenged

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is challenging the allocation of police human resources in the Western Cape and nationally,
saying there is not an equitable distribution in terms of black and poor neighbourhoods.

In a press statement, the LRC says it has filed an application in the Equality Court against the minister of police, national police commissioner, Western Cape provincial commissioner and the minister for community safety in the Western Cape.

NGOs Play Key Role in Upholding Rights

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), backed by academia, social justice advocates and the arts play an important role in upholding the ideals of human rights in South Africa and on the continent.

As the country commemorates Human Rights Day on 21 March, access to justice remains an important theme for human rights NGOs and all efforts are directed towards helping individuals and groups from poor communities.

UN Report Shows SA Government Must Start Respecting Human Rights!

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) welcomes the United Nations Human Rights Committee hard-hitting report on South Africa’s record on civil and political rights.

The organisation calls on the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development to speedily implement the committee’s recommendations and give a deadline by when these reforms will be in place.

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.

2016 Human Rights Day Commemoration

The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Senzo Mchunu,
 
The Ministers of Arts and Culture, Justice and Correctional Services, Basic Education and all Ministers and Deputy Ministers present,
 
Former KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize,
 
MECs, MPs and MPLs,
 
The Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, James Nxumalo and all Councillors,
 
The leadership of the governing party and all other political parties present,
 
Religious, traditional and business leaders present,
 
Fellow South Africans,
 

Why Should Satire Romance the Disability Sector!

Dear Comedians,
 
I reflect on some comedy where you unashamedly ‘go to town’ literally poking fun at the disability sector and its limitations with particular reference to our sexuality. That your audience took no notice of your blatant insult to the disability community and instead exploded in roars of laughter exposes stereotypes that are permanently visited on people with disabilities, some of whom are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces, etc. of able-bodied persons. Question is: how did we get to this point?
 

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