• Court to Hear R2K Applications on Key Points

    The High Court in Johannesburg will hear an application for a list of South Africa’s National Key Points to be made public.

    The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the SA History Archive (SAHA) want the list to be made public in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

    R2K spokesperson, Murray Hunter, says in 2012, a request was made to the South African Police Service for the list of key points, but it was refused.

    Civic organisations had complained that the secrecy surrounding National Key Points had been ‘used to undermine’ the right to know and to protest in public spaces.

    To read the article titled, “High court to hear R2K application on Key Points,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • SA Urged to Tackle Xenophobia and Racism

    Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says that South Africa urgently needs a national action plan to fight racism and xenophobia.

    Pillay, who was addressing the Women's Network in Durban, believes that government should consult the whole community on what form of action needs to be taken to address racism and xenophobia.

    Pillay, who is also a former International Criminal Court judge, maintains that: "I am always a human right protector and defender and I will continue to serve but in an informal capacity in whatever way I can."

    To read the article titled, “Govt needs to take tough stance against racism, xenophobia,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Police Intimidation Continues in Swaziland

    Swaziland Police have harassed another progressive, Sifiso Mabuza, deputy secretary of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers.

    About 30 armed police raided his home claiming they were looking for explosives, where they found none. Mabuza told local media the police questioned him about his union activities and threatened him.

    Swaziland has a history of attacking workers' rights. It has banned the workers' federation, the Trades Union Congress of Swaziland, broken up its meeting and harassed and arrested its leaders.

    To read the article titled, “Police intimidation continues,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Gay Rights Group Wins Landmark Case

    A gay and lesbian group in Botswana has won a landmark legal case in the country's High Court, allowing it to be officially registered.

    The judge ruled that the government had acted unconstitutionally in blocking the group, Legabibo.

    The Group’s Caine Youngman states that, "I am happy with the judgement - it has sent a message to the government, the entire region and Africa."

    To read the article titled, “Botswana gay rights group wins landmark case,” click here.

    BBC News
  • Human Trafficking on the Rise in SA

    According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry in the world, after illegal drugs.
    NPA’s advocate, Luvuyo Mfaku, points out that South Africa ranks among 10 countries in Africa where human trafficking is rife.
    Mfaku, who says 10 000  people are being trafficked in the country annually, from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says human trafficking is a practice that involves the removal of people or persons from their familiar surroundings by means of force, threats, deception or under false pretences for the purposes of exploitation. 
    To read the article titled, “SA sees rise in human trafficking,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Organisation Demands Legal Recognition

    Lambda, the sole Mozambican association defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people, has protested publicly against the illegal refusal by the Justice Ministry to register it as a bona fide association.

    Lambda first submitted its application for legal recognition as an association in 2008 and since it received no reply, it submitted an appeal in August 2013 but there is still no reply.

    Lambda points out that, under the current laws, any group of 10 or more Mozambican citizens, over the age of 18, can form an association, and legal registration should not take more than 45 days.

    To read the article titled, “Gay Mozambicans demand recognition,” click here.

    All Africa
  • UN Launches Campaign to End FGM

    The United Nations (UN) has launched a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) within a generation, as survivors says it has ‘shattered’ their lives.

    UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, points out that, "The mutilation of girls and women must stop in this generation, our generation."

    Speaking during his visit to Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Ban also stated that men and boys must be encouraged to support the fight against FGM, adding that they should be praised when they do.

    To read the article titled, “Ban launches campaign to end female genital mutilation,” click here.

    News 24
  • Improved Conditions at Modise’s Farm: NSPCA

    The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) says that conditions at the North West farm belonging to National Council of Provinces chairperson, Thandi Modise, have improved.

    In a press statement, NSPCA spokesperson, Grace de Lange, says that, “Cattle on the farm have been supplied with sufficient food and appear to be in an acceptable condition.”

    De Lange argues that the farm management sought, obtained, and acted upon veterinary guidance as advised by the NSPCA, after police and NSPCA inspectors found starving and dead animals on the farm Modderfontein, near Potchefstroom, in July 2014.

    To read the article titled, “Better conditions at Thandi Modise’s farm,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Zim Urged to Guarantee Safety of Journos

    The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), a global media watchdog, urges Zimbabwe to guarantee the safety of journalists after a reporter was beaten up and detained by the police.
    Tapiwa Zivira, a journalist with the privately-owned NewsDay newspaper was attacked days after President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, accused reporters at independent newspapers of writing lies about her.
    The CPJ states that, Zivira was attacked with batons after filming police beating street vendors and others.
    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe urged to guarantee safety of journalists,” click here.

    News 24
  • Minister Favours SAHRC Office at Lindela

    Following numerous reports of abuse, Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has asked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to establish an office at the Lindela Repatriation Centre.
    This month the home affairs portfolio committee convened a meeting at which parliamentarians called for ‘a special meeting’ with the department and the SAHRC to deal with issues regarding Lindela Repatriation Centre.
    Gigaba says he will not like to see an ‘antagonistic’ relationship with the commission, adding that he visited the Centre to gather first-hand information about reported abuses at the centre before a special meeting with the committee.
    To read the article titled, “SAHRC invited to set up shop in Lindela,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
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