NGOs Criticise Govt Over NPRC

Civil society organisations have blasted the Zimbabwean government for its snail pace in the operationalisation of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), which they say is critical for lasting peace, stability and economic development of the country.

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum director, Lloyd Kuvheya, says civic organisations are worried about the government’s reluctance to operationalise the critical organ two years after the adoption of the new Constitution.

Ramadhani Urges NGOs Urges to Use AfCHPR

The President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), Justice Augustino Ramadhani, has advised South Africa to make the Declaration required under Article 34 (6), to allow non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals to access the court directly.

Justice Ramadhani made the call recently when responding to questions from participants who attended the one-day sensitisation colloquium on AfCHPR, which was organised by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA).

Angola’s Rights Record Under Spotlight

According to Anita Powell, pressure is mounting on Angola, a Southern African Development Community member-state, over its human rights record.
The European Parliament recently weighed in on what activists say is a deteriorating human rights situation and is demanding the immediate release of dissidents who they say were arrested for political reasons.

Botswana Commended Over Asylum Seekers

A group of Botswana non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have commended the government for declaring that a group of Eritrean soccer players seeking political asylum in the country should go through the normal application process.
In a joint press statement, the NGOs pointed out that they are convinced that the Botswana government is committed to international, regional and national human rights standards in accordance with the country’s membership of the African Union and the United Nations.

SA’s ICC Stance Disappoints SALC

International Criminal Justice Lawyer at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), Angela Mudukuti, says the African National Congress’ (ANC) stance on the International Criminal Court (ICC) is unfortunate.
Mudukuti says there have been complaints about how to reform the ICC, but adds: “We can only reform the ICC from within, withdrawing from the ICC won’t fix the problem.”
She expressed the SALC’s disappointment with the ANC’s response and that “the South African government and the ANC should be in ICC to fight impunity and to protect human rights.”

South Africa Ranks Fourth on the IIAG

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation says that South Africa is the continent's fourth-best governed country on the African continent.

It its latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), the organisation ranks all 54 African countries using 15 years of data from 33 independent institutions.

The organisation notes that each country gets an overall score out of 100, with the total scores composed from four main categories (each with their own subcategories): safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.

PP Apologises for Tutu Lecture Fracas

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has apologised to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Peace Foundation for the temporary disruption during the Fifth Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture at the University of the Western Cape.

"Firstly I want to apologise on behalf of the public protector‘s office that the drama that started a few weeks ago with regard to our work has been brought here,” explains Madonsela.

Botswana Progresses on Gender and Development

Botswana has made remarkable progress against the targets of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development set for 2015.

While the country has not yet signed the SADC Gender Protocol because ‘some its time frames unrealistic’, legislators remain committed to its ideals and targets.

Botswana did make a commitment to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 and the SADC Gender Protocol goes a step further in setting out a detailed roadmap for the achievement of the MDGs.


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