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​Outcry Over Ban of LGBT Groups From AIDS Summit

Human rights advocates from major Western nations and organisations are protesting against a United Nations decision to bar 22 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) affiliated groups from taking part in a high-level United Nations AIDS conference next month.
 
Because the 193-member U.N. General Assembly operates by consensus, the countries calling for the ban - Russia, Tanzania and 52 countries in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – are not required to give an explanation.
 

​DRC Arrest Activists – HRW

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested at least 27 associates of Moise Katumbi, a presidential aspirant, and other opposition party members since late April 2016.

According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), the arrests occurred between 22 April and 7 May in and around the southern city of Lubumbashi, where Katumbi is based.

The organisation argues that the investigation into Katumbi for his alleged ‘recruitment of mercenaries, [including] several retired American soldiers’, appears politically motivated.

How to Help Courts Play their Part in Balancing Government Spending

South Africa’s Bill of Rights enshrines a number of socioeconomic rights. These are crucial for creating a more equal society and include the rights of access to healthcare services, sufficient food and water, social assistance and adequate housing. Their aim is to help everyone lead a dignified life.

The Right to Basic Education and Vuwani

According to media, police and government reports, as of Sunday, 8 May 2016, 24 schools had been burnt and/or vandalised in Vuwani, Limpopo. This was allegedly done in protest of a High Court decision that threw out the community’s bid not to be moved into the new Malamulele municipality. These actions have been strongly condemned by most commentators, including political parties, trade unions, civil society, the State and on social media.

​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.

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